Lawrenceville is one of those areas I pretty much avoided for my first 6 months in Pittsburgh, largely because I am terrified of parallel parking and that's all you can really do there. (Side note: I have successfully avoided parallel parking completely since moving here. That's actually a major feat.) But once I finally did decide to venture to Lawrenceville (thanks largely to Uber), I discovered the awesomeness that is Industry. I've been once so far, but that was definitely more than enough to make me want to go back. The beer and cocktail list is extensive (on my visit I enjoyed the Verdigis, a delicious take on a spicy margarita with jalapeno-infused Herradura Blanco, cilantro, cucumber, agave and fresh lime), the roasted chicken breast and the Filament Fries. The menu comes on a miniature clipboard, the bar hosts about a million taps, the brick walls make it feel homey, and the service is impeccable. Definitely worth braving Lawrenceville (although I'm still not parking there).
For more information about Industry Public House, visit industrypgh.com.
Have some serious kinks you need to work out? Head to Evolve. I stopped in during a week where my right shoulder blade was so tight, it could have cut glass. An hour on the table for a deep tissue massage and my muscles were so relaxed and buttery soft, it's amazing I was able to walk home without melting onto the sidewalk. The space is very cute -- it's nestled within an old house in Shadyside with quite large treatment rooms. Everyone who works at Evolve is professional, friendly and makes you feel right at home. Plus, a 60-minute deep tissue massage is only $85, which is basically free to me after all my time in New York.
For more information about Evolve Wellness Spa, visit evolvewellnessspa.com.
I had long missed the possibility of walking around a mall -- I know New York is basically one HUGE mall, but there's just something so comforting and wonderful to me about having all the shops in an enclosed space along with a food court. Enter Ross Park, which is basically my mecca here in Pittsburgh. Ross Park is located in the North Hills suburbs, which are a short drive from the center of Pittsburgh. Now, this is no normal Midwestern mall -- there are DESIGNER CLOTHES HERE. My first stop is always, ALWAYS Nordstrom, which carries everyone from Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim to Rebecca Minkoff and Diane von Furstenberg. (And, yes, I've spent quite a pretty penny here in the months since I moved.) The mall also contains stores for every sensibility (and every budget), like American Eagle Outfitters, an Apple store, BCBG, Kate Spade, Burberry, Free People, Forever 21, Louis Vuitton, Lululemon, Sephora, Francesca's, Madewell ... need I go on?
For more information about Ross Park Mall, visit simon.com/ross-park-mall.