Pittsburgh food in March 2021: What’s opening and what’s closing

Will Kreznick

A new month has begun, and you know what that means. We’re back with our normal monthly food-and-drink updates … even though we haven’t seen normal in *checks notes* an entire year.

Nevertheless, Pittsburgh is saying hello to eight new restaurants, bars, markets, and cafes, with dozens more on the horizon. And we’re saying farewell to a beer spot that didn’t end up on tap after all. Keep scrolling to the bottom for that one.

In case you missed last month’s edition, catch up here. If we missed something, let us know so we can add it to

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Food as Medicine: What It Means and How to Reap the Benefits

Will Kreznick

New generations have become increasingly aware of the potential medicinal power of food, according to the consumer research firm NPD Group. “While it is commonly understood that good nutrition promotes general health, consumers are becoming increasingly aware of how their food and beverage choices can help them manage and, in some cases, reverse certain medical conditions,” the company said in an August 2019 press release.

“Younger adults, ages 18 to 24, are particularly interested in using foods to improve their health,” the company further states. “For example, 9 percent of adults say a top nutrition goal is protecting brain

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Say Hello to Yelo, a Casual Vietnamese Restaurant Now Open in Katy

Will Kreznick

Yelo, the collaborative restaurant from Phat Eatery owner Alex Au-yeung and chef Cuc Lam, is now open in Katy Asian Town center at 23119 Colonial Parkway. The brick-and-mortar restaurant was first announced in March 2020, but Houstonians inside the 610 Loop got an all-too-brief taste of the new restaurant from a short-lived ghost kitchen in Blodgett Food Hall.

That was long enough, however, for Houston Chronicle restaurant critic Alison Cook to add Yelo’s char siu xiu mai banh mi to her 10 Best Dishes list of 2020. “My

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Here’s How Food And Agriculture Workers Can Now Get Vaccinated In LA County: LAist

Will Kreznick
An employee pushes carts at a Food 4 Less supermarket in Long Beach on February 3. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

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Starting today, March 1, Los Angeles County’s food and agriculture workers can receive the free COVID-19 vaccine. It’s part of a push to broaden vaccine eligibility and speed up the timeline for inoculating Californians.

“In addition to getting vaccinated at any public site,” the L.A. County Department of

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Your Fast Food Meal Can Now Cost as Much as Sit Down Dining. Here’s Why.

Will Kreznick

The pandemic has apparently led to higher prices for fast food.

Earlier this month, we ordered delivery from Chick-fil-A for my family of four and the next day visited a local full-service Mexican restaurant.

The price, after the tip, was about the same for both visits.

According to federal data, prices at limited-service restaurants, like Chick-fil-A, have increased every month since the pandemic began. In January alone, prices soared 6.2%. By contrast, monthly price increases at full-service restaurants have hovered around 2.8%.

The difference can likely be explained in two words: Demand and wages.

In the pandemic

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