Market Square is a fun part of downtown Pittsburgh PA, with dozens of restaurants. I visited Diamond Market Bar & Grill twice in one day…need I say more?!
Last month was my Association of Luxury Suite Directors conference. Each summer it’s in a different city, and this year was Pittsburgh. I have to admit, that wasn’t an exciting announcement; I mean, who wants to spend 5 days in Pittsburgh?! However, I was wrong. Downtown Pittsburgh has gone through an incredible transformation, redesigning itself as a destination city.
We stayed at a hotel downtown, which was perfect because it’s walking distance to the sports venues, restaurants and nightlife. My room wasn’t ready when I arrived late Saturday morning, so I decided to get some lunch while I waited. I asked the bellmen, and they directed me to Market Square, 2 blocks from the hotel.
Market Square is a vibrant, lively area, with restaurants encircling the square. Cobblestone driveable streets surround the square, and they use the center open area for all kinds of activities. All of the restaurants in the Square have outdoor seating, which I love.
I walked around the square twice, went online a couple times to check reviews on a couple of options, and finally settled on Diamond Market Bar & Grill. Diamond Market has a covered outdoor patio with 10 tables, plus heaters and fans, making the patio usable nearly year-round. The inside is quite small, something I learned with many of the restaurants in the Square. The main dining room is on the left, and has 13 tables and 4 booths. A half-wall separates the bar area, which has a full bar that takes up almost the entire right wall, plus bar seating. There is an open kitchen at the back of the restaurant, and lots of old photos on the walls. I read one complaint that it gets very loud inside; the inside was only half full when I arrived, and I noticed the same thing.
I sat on the patio, at 2-top table. I downed the first glass of water in record time; my server brought me another glass for second water, and refilled both glasses each time. I’m very appreciative of that.
I rarely drink beer, but when I saw Yuengling on the menu, I had no choice
The Yuengling brewery is in Pennsylvania, so I was keeping it local. Diamond Market also has a Sunday bloody Mary bar, craft beers, cocktails, and hard shakes.
The Diamond Market menu is substantial, and unfortunately that does not bode well for me. The menu includes appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, sliders, alternate burgers, and sides. There are also several specialties available on the dinner menu. After quite a bit of back and forth, I finally decided on the steakhouse burger
Wow, this burger is fabulous. The first thing I noticed is the brioche bun, which is soft and has a wonderful texture. I cut the burger in half, to make it a little easier to manage. The bread did eventually get a little soggy, but not as much as I expected.
The fries are very flavorful, crispy on the outside and fluffy inside. They were scorching hot, just as I like them. I don’t normally like the small end pieces of fries, but that salt made it impossible to stop eating.
Later that evening, Blair and I planned to have a quick dinner before our meeting with a conference vendor. We walked to Market Square and, after walking the square twice, headed back to Diamond Market. We saw an open high-top table in the bar area and sat down, but the server told us that there is no open seating. Very surprising, because bar tables are normally open seating. Just a few minutes later we found ourselves at the same table.
I wasn’t very hungry due to the heavy lunch, so Blair and I split ultimate BBQ potato chips
These chips are absolutely amazing. The thick-cut chips stand up very well to the toppings. The pulled pork is very tender, and the entire dish is screaming hot. I ate much more than planned.
Blair also got sliders, but I completely forgot to take picture. His fries weren’t nearly as good as mine at lunch, as they tasted like they had been sitting for a while.
I was facing outside, and just happened to look up…and saw my friend Dale, a fellow Terp who lives in Maryland! What a small world.
Will I go back to Diamond Market? No question! We actually went back Tuesday evening after the venue tour; we didn’t eat, but had a fabulous time.
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