Beyond Fast Food

The P-G's Sunday piece about the new wave of trendy restaurant franchises in Pittsburgh celebrates all the wrong things. Why is it "progress" for Pittsburgh to play host to a bumper crop of out-of-town chains? Sure, Panera is a lot nicer than Eat 'n' Park, but would we be drooling over Panera if each store was called the "St. Louis Bread Company"--which it is, in St. Louis?

How about celebrating innovative and affordable locally-owned restaurants? For lunch, I like Cafe Zinho, in Shadyside. How about you?


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