Although I didn’t spend a lot of time in Pittsburgh, I did check out a baseball game at PNC Park. I was on my way from Cleveland to Richmond, and got to Pittsburgh around 6pm – just in time for the 7pm Pirates vs. Tigers game. Plus, our hotel was right across the street from the stadium. Score.
Vegans generally have a lonely time at sporting events, festivals, fairs…anywhere the majority of people like to pig out on hot dogs and cotton candy. PNC park had several options, however, and is a nice little gem in the pittsburgh vegan scene. Us two vegans came out pretty satisfied. In fact, PNC Park made the top 10 in PETA’s 2012 ranking of vegetarian-friendly ballparks. Although I don’t always agree with the beliefs of PETA, they do some good research on vegetarian-friendly places.
We bought veggie sushi rolls from a vendor in PNC’s little food court area on one of the higher decks. I was a little skeptical of ordering sushi at a ballpark. But it was freshly made right infront of us, with washed veggies and rubber gloves. We were very surprised at the quality and freshness of all of the ingredients. Delicious.
Clay was still hungry after that, so he followed that with a grilled veggie sandwich from a nearby vendor. Marinated portabella mushrooms, roasted red peppers, onions, and squash on grilled ciabatta bread.
In addition to these vegan items, PNC Park also offers veggie burgers, fruit bowls, veggie wraps, veggie hoagies, various salads, soups, various pizzas, french fries, egg rolls, veggie nachos, potato chips, peanuts, pretzels for vegetarians.
The following morning after the game, we got up pretty early to explore Fallingwater – the house Frank Lloyd Wright designed over the waterfall in southwest PA. If you’re traveling in Pittsburgh and interested in architecture (or anything related to nature) you should definitely visit Fallingwater. It’s only an hour and a half from downtown Pittsburgh and very much worth the drive.