Food at night, part one

Written by Bob Batz Jr. on

BRGR burgers are just one of the delectable choices at the Night Market V this Friday night, July 12.

It's the biggest Downtown Night Market yet, with a hot lineup of food vendors as well of vendors of art and crafts set up from 5 to 11 p.m. in two adjacent parking lots at Eighth Street and Penn Avenue in the Cultural District.

Like previous markets, this one will be held in conjunction with the Cultural Trust's Gallery Crawl.

The sponsor, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, notes that this doubled-in-size market will be powered by solar energy as well as "bikerators," brought in by Zero Fossil Energy Outfitters, which will allow attendees to pedal to pitch in and help.

You also can hit the dance floor and move to the tunes of DJ Soy Sos and play cornhole.

You can fuel up at the food vendors on PDP's list:

Allegheny City Smokehouse – Located on the North Side for more than 30 years, this smokehouse has provided delicious meats including ribs, sausage, chicken, kielbasa, and more.

Animoon Workshop – Handcrafted, naturally-inspired bohemian jewelry using brass, silver, leather, antlers, crystals, upcycled jewelry parts and natural materials.

Artwork by Sam Foreman – A contemporary glass artist, Sam creates seasonal, functional and sculptural hand-blown glass items.

Audra Azoury Jewelry – Steel jewelry designs inspired by Pittsburgh landmarks and architecture.

Aunt Carol’s Dips – Bringing you "gourmet taste without the waste," Aunt Carol’s Dips offers dried sweet, savory, and oil dip mixes.

Bar Marco – The Strip District’s own European style wine bar will be bringing some of their farm-to-table snacks, including meatballs, empanadas and crostini with fresh toppings.

Betsy’s Ice Cream – Betsy’s makes their own ice cream on-site at their Mt. Lebanon location and will be teaming up with Zeke's Coffee and the Pittsburgh Pie Guy to offer ice cream by the scoop, ice cream floats and milkshakes.

Big Y Group – The group that brings you Perle, Seviche, Sonoma, Talara and NOLA on the Square, will be serving delicious paella, beignets and sorbet.

Bluebird Kitchen – One of Downtown's popular breakfast and lunch destinations, Bluebird Kitchen, will be offering their delicious house-made baked goods including cookies, cakes, pies, tarts and more!

BRGR – Delicious handcrafted burgers, with angus beef, turkey and veggie options, various preparations and delicious toppings. House-made chips and dip, parmesan herb French fries and house made coleslaw sides and gourmet milkshakes and root-beer floats made with hand-spun premium ice cream.

Burgh Bites Cart – Pulled pork, burgers, and falafel sliders, delicious tater tots loaded with toppings, and watermelon agua fresca.

Cafe Byblos – Want to talk delicious, homemade and healthy? Cafe Byblos will be selling Mediterranean food including several vegan dishes, gluten-free tabouli, rice, grape leaves and of course gyros!

Cha-Ching Coin Jewelry – A vendor in the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square this past holiday season, ChaChing Coin Jewelry offers beautiful jewelry handcrafted out of coins and tokens.

DeadBuryDead – Looking for a new T-shirt to wear for the summer? DeadBuryDead and have awesome tees and accessories for men and women as well as jewelry and prints!

Del’s Restaurant – The family owned Italian restaurant from Bloomfield will be serving delicious pasta, meatballs, sausage, greens and beans.

Diana Kauffmann Designs – Offering handmade jewelry for men and women made from leather, handpainted silks, botanicals and semi-precious stones.

Erra Creations – Making the world a little greener, prettier and funkier with reclaimed material and reinvented vintage wares for men, women and home.

Fabulous Homemade Cookies – A vendor in the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Market Square this past holiday season, Fabulous Homemade Cookies offers homemade jumbo cookies, brownies and bars.

Healcrest Urban Farm – Their handcrafted frozen fruit bars and teapops from local herbs and fruit are the perfect summer treats! They will also be offering cups of iced or hot tea and loose tea blends to go.

Istanbul Grille – One of Downtown’s favorite lunch destinations, Istanbul Grille will be offering their delicious authentic Turkish cuisine.

Jones Robo-Works – Robot sculptures of various sizes created from recycled and found objects.

Junquey Gal - Hand-beaded and artistically sewn, unique purses, totes, key chains, aprons, jewelry and more from vintage linens, decorator fabric samples and sewing notions with attention to up-cycling and one-of-a-kind items.

Kous Kous Cafe – Offering fresh, flavorful hummus to go, the Kous Kous Cafe will be teaming up with the Soup Nancys to offer hummus, pita, and soup dishes.

Lascola’s Italian Ice – Enjoy the timeless summer treat with Italian Ice flavors and Italian Lemonade.

Lomito Truck – A brand new food truck offers Paraguayan and South American cuisine.

Mallet Hill – T-shirts, polos, and other clothing inspired by the polo lifestyle.

Meat & Potatoes – One of Downtown's hottest restaurants, Meat and Potatoes will be preparing delicious pork tacos and sandwiches, including meat fresh from its smoker.

Nadine Luther Photography – Beautiful architectural photography in various sizes.

Pittsburgh Pie Guy – An assortment of whole pies or by the slice, the Pie Guy will be teamed up with Betsy’s Ice Cream and Zeke's Coffee to offer pie a la mode with coffee.

Pocketsized Productions – Functional and decorative works in clay including pitchers, cups, tumblers, spoon rests, ring holders, casseroles, bowls, bottles, plates and more.

Pretzel Crazy – Delicious creations of pretzels dipped into chocolate or caramel and coated with marshmallows, candy, nuts and more.

Soup Nancys – Multiple vegetarian soup options, Soup Nancys will be teamed up with the Kous Kous Cafe to offer combo dishes of soup, pita and hummus.

Sugar Baby Soaps – Handmade, all natural bath, body, and aromatherapy products for men, women, and children including lip balms, bath soaks and novelty soaps.

The Hemp Butterfly – Eco chic hemp jewelry and accessories, perfect for summer-time style.

the seven fields of aphelion – Fine art photography and experimental multiple exposure photography in various sizes and mounts.

Zeke's Coffee – Fresh-roasted cups of iced or hot coffee, cookies, brownies, muffins, and biscotti. Zekes is teaming up with Betsy’s Ice Cream and the Pittsburgh Pie Guy to offer coffee along with your ice cream and pie.

John Altdorfer photo

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