Neighborhood Eats is a monthly feature in which LOCALpittsburgh highlights great food that you may have not known about in neighborhoods all over the city.
Wood Street Bread Company
723 Wood Street
This Wilkinsburg bakery has been serving up healthy and wholesome bread since 1996 in the heart of Wilkinsburg. With over 20 varieties of bread offered daily, including cinnamon rolls and Irish soda bread, this business has something for every occasion.
All of Wood Street Bread Company’s products are made fresh daily and with no oil or preservatives. Although they’re only open from 10am-noon on Thursdays and Fridays, their goods are available in stores all over the region including East End Food Co-Op in Point Breeze as well as multiple farmers markets.
Farmers Market Locations
Pro tip: If possible, go to the Wood street location on Thursday or Friday for a loaf of bread straight out of the oven and still warm.
796 Penn Avenue
This long standing restaurant is what some would call a hole in the wall, having been established in an old diner and not changed since. But their flavorful food and huge portions make this the best Jamaican food in town. Fireside Caribbean offers up an eclectic menu of Jamaican cuisine including a variety of spicy curries and delicious oxtails.
Open from 11am-10pm on weekdays and until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, this is a great spot for lunch or a late night dinner.
Pro tip: Bring cash and get your meal in a to-go box even if you’re dining in because you will definitely have leftovers.
616 South Avenue
Nancy’s Restaurant, a Wilkinsburg tradition for more than 40 years, reopened earlier this year as Nancy’s East End Diner. While they have continued Nancy’s legacy with excellent homestyle breakfasts and lunch 7 days a week, they have also brought some new additions to the table. Nancy’s now offers Leona’s Ice Cream sandwiches and homemade sweet potato and apple pie made in house.
The diner also sources all of their sausage from DJ’s Butcher block in Bloomfield. Diner classics like fluffy pancakes and huge burgers served up at super low prices make this a weekend must.
Pro Tip: Order the bacon sausage (that’s right, sausage made with bacon) and save room for pie.