Pittsburgh has several options for vegan diners, including some where those who enjoy meat, nevertheless won’t miss it.
For parties of 6 or more, Apteka will take reservations. The cuisine is Eastern European, vegan, and delicious. (Gluten free options or adjustments are available.) The cocktails are creative and excellent. The beer can be great, too; ask for a sample. There is a more limited late night menu that still includes the very best items, including pierogies, spreads on excellent bread, and vegetable paté.. (If you head to Apteka, be sure to notice nearby Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, named one of the most beautiful hospitals in the US and the site of the Pennsylvania Medical Humanities Consortium’s 2012 meeting.)
B52 is a 35-seat vegetarian and vegan café at the corner of Butler and 52nd Streets in the popular dining neighborhood of Lawrenceville. Gluten free options are available, but alcohol is not.
Smoke BBQ Taqueria has a great menu of delicious and distinctive tacos, both vegetarian and with smoked meat. Note that Smoke only accepts cash.