1. Superior Motors
What is it: Nowhere puts Pittsburgh’s industrial heyday and Rust Belt decline into sharper relief than Superior Motors, the “community-driven” restaurant in outlying Braddock. Socially-minded chef Kevin Sousa spent years building out the project, which now sits in a former car dealership across from a steel-mill complex.
Why go: Sousa also makes a point of hiring Braddock residents, so you’re supporting a community’s revival. And the food—surprises like crispy pig face with black truffle, or pretzel salad with elderflower—is superlative. It’s so ambitious, in 2017 Food & Wine chose the place among its top 10 restaurants of the year.