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Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Favorite Restaurants in Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Penguins, led by Sidney Crosby, have been a dominant NHL team, winning three Stanley Cups in the last 15 years. Their winning culture extends to their dining habits, and luckily, Pittsburgh is a great food city. Crosby, along with Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin, have frequented restaurants like Coop De Ville, Sienna Mercato, and täkō. These trendy spots offer a unique atmosphere, delicious food, and drinks. By following the Penguins' dining habits, you'll feel like an NHL superstar in Pittsburgh.

Published on 21/04/2023

The Pittsburgh Penguins, led by Sidney Crosby, have been a dominant NHL team, winning three Stanley Cups in the last 15 years. Their winning culture extends to their dining habits, and luckily, Pittsburgh is a great food city. Crosby, along with Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin, have frequented restaurants like Coop De Ville, Sienna Mercato, and täkō. These trendy spots offer a unique atmosphere, delicious food, and drinks. By following the Penguins' dining habits, you'll feel like an NHL superstar in Pittsburgh.

Published on 21/04/2023

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been one of the NHLs best teams over the last 15 years, having won 3 Stanley Cups, in that time under the watchful eye of Captain and generational talent ‘Sid the Kid’ Sidney Crosby. Their winning culture stems from many things, but to be a champ you gotta eat like a champ, at least that’s what Mom always said. Luckily the Pens are in a fantastic food city and get to enjoy top-notch restaurants that fuel the fire to win championships.

Crosby is one of 3 core pieces to the Pens, the others being Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin of course. Kris Letang specifically has an affinity for a certain group of restaurants, which he frequents up to 4 times a week when he can. All three of these Penguin superstars have been spotted at restaurants like Coop De Ville, Sienna Mercato and täkō so let’s take a closer look at their favorite dining spots and what they love about them.

Coop De Ville:
Coop De Ville is a trendy, unique spot in downtown Pittsburgh. Known for its variety of arcade games, bowling alleys, delicious fried chicken, coffee, cocktails and more. It’s a popular spot for locals and visitors alike to grab some grub, drinks and have some fun. Crosby, Malkin, and Letang have all been spotted dining at Coup De Ville on occasion, enjoying the restaurant’s modern American cuisine and unique atmosphere.

Sienna Mercato:
Sienna Mercato is a multi-level Italian restaurant that features everything from classic pasta dishes to wood-fired pizzas. This three story restaurant “marketplace” is located in Pittsburgh’s famed Cultural District. The three restaurants on each floor—Emporio: A Meatball Joint, Mezzo, and Il Tetto: Rooftop Beer Garden—are distinctive yet complimentary. Each floor’s menu is overseen by the Chef in order to give high-quality, fancy but chill eating at reasonable costs. Malkin and Letang are both fans of Sienna Mercato, and rumors suggest that the players have even hosted multiple team dinners at this restaurant, which boasts an award-winning rooftop beer garden, open all year round.

täkō:
Sid the Kid listed this great restaurant as one of his favorites, I mean who doesn’t like Mexican and Asian food. This lively restaurant is known for its creative tacos, delicious margaritas, and funky decor. With a large selection of tequila, this is the place to be if you want to try something new and have a great time with your friends. But make sure to grab yourself a reso because this place can get pretty packed!

Meat & Potatoes:
Meat & Potatoes is another one of Crosby’s favorite places, and we sure know why. This restaurant is proudly Pittsburgh’s first gastropub and it features classic American dishes with a modern twist. Their blend of satiating comfort food and cocktails that honor the classics makes it a must-visit place if you want to experience the best that Pitty has to offer. Try the bone marrow and you won’t regret it.

So, if you’re in Steel City looking for places to eat that will make you feel like an NHL superstar, you can’t go wrong by following in the footsteps of Crosby and his Rookery of Penguins. With excellent taste in restaurants, these players know what’s trendy and unique. From Coop De Ville to the award-winning Sienna Mercato and creative täkō, you’ll be skating circles around your competition after visiting any of these Pittsburgh’s most sought-after restaurants.

Written by Jay Santarossa

Jay Santarossa is a content creator that lives for everything art! Writing, playing music, illustrating and amateur filmmaking take up most of his time. A passionate foodie and lover of all things sushi, he eats for the experience and the fun, be he’s probably the worst food orderer on the planet.

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