Irish eyes will be smiling around the Square this St. Paddy's Day when all of Pittsburgh goes green on March 12 to celebrate the Emerald Isle's favorite son. Especially since this year's parade — the biggest march between New York City and Chicago — will kick off what event organizers are calling a "New School St. Patrick's Day" with a special "Family Friendly" zone in the Square from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Now we think the Square is family friendly just about anytime of the day. But just to make sure that parents and their wee ones can search for lucky shamrock cookies and ribbeting frog cakes at Prantl's and yummy green icing donuts at Dunkin Donuts, the center of the Square will be an alcohol-free zone from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Along with tasty treats, many parade performers will bring their acts to the Square to entertain all the little sons and daughters of Erin.
Of course, a big part of any event in the Square is just being there — and enjoying the sights and sounds. But we want to make sure you enjoy some of the many tastes of the Square. If dancing a jig or two works up an appetite and a thirst, there are plenty of choices in the Square to satisfy both.
Already a big favorite, Square newcomer Winghart's Burger & Whiskey Bar recently was voted one of the top three hamburger joints in the Burgh by discerning diners in a WPXI poll. Traditionalists might favor a sky-high sandwich from Primanti's or the catch of the day at the Oyster House. For a bit of south of the border flavor, Moe's Southwest and Chipotle serve up some of the best Mexican flavored dishes around. And for a to-die-for pie, La Gondola will serve you up a little slice of heaven. When it comes to food for the soul, A&J Ribs is always finger lickin' good. For some Old World goodness and New World brews, check out the Italian eats and microbrews at Bella Sera. For some super subs and salads, drop in at DiBella's Old Fashioned Subs, one of the newest eatery's on the block. By the way, don't forget the bounty of bagel eats at Bruegger's. And if you need a bit of a pick me up, order a cup of caffeinated joe or frothy latte from Nicholas Brothers, which will serving until 2 p.m.
So mark your calendar for March 12, when everyone is Irish for a day and kicking it new school for St. Patrick's Day in the Square.