From old-fashioned parlors and grease spoons to tattoo parlors, sports stadiums and a shop that only sells instruments you can choose from, the South Side has cutting-edge entertainment and enough history to make you qualify as iconic.
The neighborhood was once populated by steelworkers coming off their shifts and looking for a place to catch a cold – and they had no trouble finding them.
These days, however, you’re more likely to come across a college student looking to party like a rock star.
Speaking of kids, Hollywood actor John Hodiak, who starred in films like Alfred Hitchcock’s “Lifeboat” and “A Bell for Adano,” was born on the South Side and spent his early childhood there. It is said that he once pointed to a theater marquee and proudly proclaimed, “My name will be up there one day.”
Here is a sample of places to discover on the south side:
Five places to eat
The Pub Fries Shop: (1830 E. Carson St.) The place has been open for 10 years and has an old English style atmosphere, selling authentic fish and chips. Beer-Breaded Haddock is a Scottish-style fried fish.
“I grew up eating this. My mum is Scottish,” said cook Erik Maksymowicz, 29, from Brentwood. got the job.”
After the Pub Chip Shop closes at 8 p.m., a baker comes in and works until 7 a.m. making homemade donuts. They are delicious.
Fat Head’s living room: (1805 E. Carson St.) Although Fat Head’s has other locations in Ohio, this is the only one in Pittsburgh. Fat Head’s signature sandwiches are called “Headwiches” and include the “Fat Italian”, “Chicken Little” as well as a Chipotle Chicken Sub. They also serve smoked chicken wings. The place also has a good atmosphere. “It’s like home,” said Fat Head kitchen manager Averill “Apple” Grimes.
O’Leary’s Restaurant: (1412 E. Carson St.) There may be no better place to have lunch in the area than O’Leary’s on Carson. It offers classic home cooking with amazing omelets – the western omelet with ham, cheese, onions, mushrooms and peppers is a must.
Nakama: (1611 E. Carson St.) If you like sushi, there’s Nakama, the South Side raw fish restaurant in residence. Nakama has been in business for 17 years and although he also has a restaurant in Wexford, a kiosk at PPG Paints Arena and a food truck, he got his start on Carson Street. General manager Jessica Babish, 40, of Crafton, said Nakama had taken advantage of the downtime during the pandemic to do renovations. “It’s like walking into a brand new restaurant,” she said.
by Kasab: (1207 E. Carson St.) Kassab’s offers many fine Middle Eastern dishes, including raw kibbee, a raw beef sirloin prepared with cracked wheat and spices. It’s absolutely delicious, but is only served on Saturdays. They also prepare tasty gyros and baklava, among other dishes. “Everything is authentic and freshly prepared,” said server Licha Fayad. “That’s what separates us from the Americanized establishments of the Middle East.”
Five recommended outlets
pittsburgh guitars: (1305 E. Carson St.) Pittsburgh Guitars has been in business since 1979. The place has several hundred guitars, and customers range from Ray Davies, Kurt Cobain and Peter Tork to newly retired guys who just decided to take over. the top of the guitar. Pittsburgh Guitars is a dealer for Rickenbacker, Gretsch and Yamaha. Owner John Bechtold, 57, of Scott Township, said business has boomed since the pandemic began. “It started the first week,” he said. “People said ‘Hey, I work from home. I’ve always wanted to play guitar, I guess I’ll get one.’
Court Jester Tattoos (1410 E. Carson St.) The South Side wouldn’t be the South Side without tattoo parlors and it has several. We stopped in Jester’s Court tattoos. “For some reason the South Side is a tattoo place, but I don’t know anything about the competition,” said Josh McQuade, 48, of Pittsburgh. Jester’s is open seven days a week. Customers can call or text for an appointment at 412-488-8287.
Metropolitan Cleaners: (1208 E. Carson St.) Metropolitan Cleaners has been in business for 50 years and has a reputation for doing impeccable work and charging reasonable prices. “We don’t want to take advantage of people,” owner Tom Hurney said. “We want to be loyal to our customers.
Your ambition manifests success (YAMS): (43 S. 14and St.) If you are looking for a place to train, there will soon be a new one opening this spring on the 14thand Street behind Starbucks. It’s called YAMS, which stands for “Your Ambition Manifests Success”. It offers personal and group workouts and strength training, according to owner Raymont Edmonds, 36, of Hazelwood, winner of the 2019 Mr. Olympia tournament. , Edmonds said. “I see it more as a lifestyle.”
city theater: (1300 Bingham St.) The City Theater is one of the best regional theaters in the country. Another show is planned for the 2021-22 season on the main stage, “The Garbologists”, which will open on April 30. Co-world premiere with the Philadelphia Theater Company, it is directed by the exceptional Monteze Freeland. It is described as “an unconventional buddy drama (which) follows first sanitation worker Marlowe and lifer Danny in the cab of a 19-ton garbage truck in New York City”. It runs until May 22.
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church from the south side on March 31.
St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church: (109 S. Seventh St.) The first Ukrainian Catholic Church in the region, it was founded on the south side in 1891. It became the center of life for many Ukrainian immigrants and it also became a place where better pierogies from scratch can be found.
George K. Cupples Stadium: A beautiful multi-sport facility that probably made many Pittsburgh public school graduates say, “I wish we could play in a place like this when we were in school.” Cupples Stadium has hosted City League Championship football matches, football matches and athletics fixtures.
Cafe Club: (56 S. 12th St.) The intimate venue has hosted iconic artists like Marshall Crenshaw, Robyn Hitchcock and Justin Currie, who, after seeing that only eight people had signed up for his most recent show, made a online advocacy that ended up almost filling the room.
Jack’s: (1117 E. Carson St.) Looking for a beer at 7 a.m.? Jack has it. Who else is showing up? “A lot of nurses and people who just got off work, a lot of people who definitely didn’t go home the night before,” said a bartender named Marissa who declined to give her last name. “He’s a very eclectic mix, not just one type of person.”
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Jack’s on the South Side seen on March 31.
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Paul Guggenheimer is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or [email protected]
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