McKeesport Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in McKeesport

April 14, 2018 Janean Rudisill

McKeesport is a city in Allegheny County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania; it is situated at the confluence of the Monongahela and Youghiogheny rivers and is part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The population was 19,731 at the 2010 census. By population, it is Allegheny County's second-largest city, after Pittsburgh.
Things to do in McKeesport

1. The Potato Patch

4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122-2399 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch +1 412-461-0500
Excellent
64%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 123 reviews

The Potato Patch

Reviewed By mullson23 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This place has a BEST fries and is a definite stop on your visit to Kennywood.

Granted it is staffed by teenagers who only half know what they are doing, but they will make your fries light, regular or darker - based on your preference and there are tons of options - flavored salts, cheeses, ketchup, malt vinegar, mustard, more!

Great portions and decent seating.

Just watch for cheese on your seat ;)

2. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brwry

171 E Bridge St, Homestead, PA 15120-5043 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 412-462-2739
Excellent
31%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 174 reviews

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brwry

Reviewed By TheRealTylerBaker - Scottsdale, Arizona

I went here 10-12 times over the course of 3 weeks while I was in town for business. I was a solo party, tried the bourbonzola burger, beer glazed chicken, the house made tacos, the tostadas, and the chicken fried chicken, the mango tea, and the jagoff beer. Let's get this started.

- chicken fried chicken, B+. Good and hearty option if your hungry or it's a chilly day. Had it several times, was very consistent.

- beer glazed chicken, A. Very moist and tender, great flavor. Only downside is that it's a lighter menu option and wasn't very filling for me. (6', 215 lb male).

- tostadas, A. Very good, bigger than expected. Filling.

- house made chicken tacos. C. They were just okay. Too many toppings, came out soggy, overall I wasn't impressed w/ these.

- Bourbonzola burger, B. It was good and cooked perfectly medium. Very smoky kinda flavor. I got the bigger patty size, so it was filling.

- mango tea, B-. It was just okay. Kinda watery at times, not very sweet.

- jagoff beer, A. The only beer I tried there, it was really good and reasonably priced for the quality. Was always cold when brought out.

Service was almost always very good, prompt and attentive.

On my last visit, they were out of mashed potatoes and red potatoes. How does a restaurant run out of mashed potatoes in the middle of the week? But that's really my only gripe with this place.

Overall, it's probably one of the best options there at the waterfront area in terms of quality and consistency...

3. Fuzzy's Confectionery

426 6th St, Glassport, PA 15045-1407 Delicatessen +1 412-678-8233
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By McKnight911

Get there early before they sell out. One of the cheapest hoagies around. Excellent hoagie. Also used a lot for fundraisers. So you probably had one and just don't know it

4. Rodos Greek Cafe

1531 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131-1711 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Mediterranean, Greek Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
78%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Rodos Greek Cafe

Reviewed By Kelly F - McKeesport, Pennsylvania, United States

Gyro's are huge, taste is awesome, price is minimal! The Pita Maria is usually pretty good (can sometimes be hit or miss). The grape leaves are also usually pretty good (also can sometimes be dry). The service is usually fast friendly and efficient. Cash only....yet I'm sure they'd constantly be banging if the accepted cards!

5. Clancy's Pub

202 McClure St, Dravosburg, PA 15034-1224 Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 412-466-9830
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 6 reviews

Clancy's Pub

Reviewed By cincykat - Cincinnati, Ohio

We dined at Clancy's with a group of 7. It is a neighborhood bar, so it wasn't crowded and we didn't have to wait long to be seated. The menu offers a big variety with lots of choices. Our favorite item was the chicken wings. They were hot and crispy, and could be ordered with seasoned salt and/or a variety of sauces. Sides were also tasty. We will definitely return next time we're in the area. The service was a bit slow, but tolerable.

6. Woodys Little Italy Restaurants

5300 Walnut St, McKeesport, PA 15132-6326 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Italian Dinner +1 412-751-0415
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

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Reviewed By Frankovie - Columbia, South Carolina

I have a weakness for longstanding, family-run businesses and Woody's checks that box. Their food is always good, staff is attentive, but the food can seem overpriced for their portions. I do recommend their stuffed cabbage!

7. Istanbul Sofra

7606 Forbes Ave, Cros the Frick park, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-3234 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 412-727-6693
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 717 reviews

Istanbul Sofra

Istanbul Sofra has a casual, fresh environment with paprika and cerulean walls, colorful menus and sparkly hanging Turkish mosaic light fixtures. Outdoor seating on busy Braddock Avenue also is available, weather permitting.

Reviewed By Gary F

Eastern Mediterranean cuisine has been a favorite of mine for over forty years and Istanbul Sofra does not disappoint. First off, the moment that you walk in the door, you are treated politely and respectfully. It is impossible to not respond in kind. The menu, which is affordably priced, has typical mouthwatering fare from falafel, humus and babaganouse as appetizers to kabobs (either lamb or chicken), stuffed eggplant, or expertly prepared sea bass for an entre. While trying the delicious looking rice pudding is on my "to do" list, I haven't been able to resist their baklava (spoiler alert: plan to share it with your dinner companion because the portion is enormous). So if you, too, love Turkish cuisine or want a fantastic first time experience, what are you waiting for? You didn't want to cook at home tonight anyway!

8. Minerva Bakery

927 5th Ave, McKeesport, PA 15132-2412 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible +1 412-673-2863
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 27 reviews

Minerva Bakery

Reviewed By NikaJunie - Jersey City, New Jersey

This is another McKeesport survivor. Back in the 1970s, Minerva Bakery anchored a fourteen block stretch of fine urban shopping. Almost all its former neighbors are long gone, but family-owned Minerva is still there, an island of cheerfulness in what is almost a ghost town. When I walked in recently after decades away, the smell of my childhood greeted me like one of Proust’s madeleines. They don’t sell madeleines here, but, even better, every day they bake the kinds of cookies that are a Pittsburgh area tradition. You will also find pies, eclairs, bread, rolls, and fancy decorated cakes. Everything is made by hand and the selection varies daily, as well as seasonally. Come early in the day if you want something special. Items sell out. You can park right out front, which is a good thing, because the neighborhood is worse than iffy.

9. Superior Motors

1211 Braddock Ave, Braddock, PA 15104-1722 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +1 412-271-1022
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Superior Motors

Reviewed By 69tiger888 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

We lived 20 minutes away , thanks to SM , we finally get to visit Braddock , a Steel town that has been on the decline , SM is a gem that is part of an effort to revitalized this industrial town . We were able to make a reservation same day , we passed by a ghost town at 7 pm ( hardly anyone on the street or any shops opened ) , suddenly there were cars parked all over this building. , an renovated car dealership . The decor is modern , with loud music at the door . The friendly hostesses greeted us , told our table not ready, the placed was packed on a Thursday night , we sat at the siazable bar , the bartender very friendly and offered us a good selection of wine and beer . The manager Chris ( whom we knew years ago when Umi was opened and was away in nyc till recently )came over to greet us and very nicely offered a table on the quite side( away from bar ) of the restaurent , that side was also packed. . A surprise to run into him after 20 years ! Sarah the waitress is polite , knowleagable and offer us the regular menu and the 36 Dollar three course restaurent week menu . Two of us decided to order 7 appetizers instead , the place is warm ( some reviews said too cold ) and service is timely and efficient ( some reviews complain wait too long for food ). The food came out 2 /3/ 2 with 15 min in between , perfect set up , so we can enjoy . The wine/ beer/ sake list is very appealing . Ocean trout tartare ( citrus taste opened up the appetite, my wife favorite ), octopus ( soft , tasty ) , rice cakes ( prepare like a gnocchi , interesting sauce , ok no our favorite ) , crab ( beautiful presentation , with nice sauce ) , fried squid ( very tasty , not your usual deep fried variety , citrus appeal , my favorite ) , pig face ( like a crab cake with tender pork meat and truffle ) , black mole ( mini ribeye , grilled med rare to perfection , sizzling hot ). Coconut desert to share . A few glasses of wine , the 2 hrs experience is very enjoyable and food is fantastic. . The bathroom is very environmental friendly. , the hand dryer right at the faucet with no paper towel necessary ( very thoughtful ). Chris took us back to meet the founder Kevin Sousa( the kitchen is sizable) . Kevin a legendery chef in our town , we have followed his career in last 20 plus years and is a great fan, he is innovative , understand complex ingredients and is super friendly . This place deserved a 41/2 star , the food is 5 star , just the decor is interesting but appropriate for Braddock , but not 5 ⭐️star in my book We wish them success and plan to be back with friends and family

10. Tillie's Restaurant

308 36th St, McKeesport, PA 15132-7229 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Full Bar Italian, American, Pizza Lunch, Dinner SGD 16 - SGD 29 +1 412-672-7557
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Tillie's Restaurant

Tillie&apos;s is a Family Owned independent Italian Style Restaurant that has been serving Homemade Italian and American foods for over 55 Years. Pasta is Hand Made in house and is the Signature Food for most patrons. Our Homemade Spaghetti, Fettucini, Lasaga, Ravioli, and Gnocchi are our customer favorites. In addition we have wonderful Italian Entrees styles such as Parmigiana, Romano, Marsala, Piccata, Alfredo, and Milanese. Our Pizza is a thick crust style with infinite choice of toppings. Most favorite is the Meatball Pizza. Seafood Entrees such as Crab Cakes, Lobster and Crab Gnocchi, Salmon and Cod are also favorite choices. A New and Unique entrée is Pork Palena, our own special entrée. Our Codfather Fish sandwich is a crowd pleaser. It&apos;s Huge!! Prime Rib on Frday and Saturday. Homemade Soups. What more can we say??

Reviewed By NikaJunie - Jersey City, New Jersey

While the City of McKeesport de-industrialized and collapsed around it, Tillie’s Restaurant has remained a local institution. For almost fifty-five years it’s been a traditional Italian-American red sauce restaurant. Its large menu can be customized. Pick a pasta. Pick a sauce. Add a meatball or two. The meat and seafood dishes are excellent, as are deep-fried, breaded pepper rings, and soups like Pittsburgh’s speciality, wedding soup. This cheerful family favorite can accommodate both large groups and single diners. Sit back and relax. The service can be slow.

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