After spending 47 hours in Pittsburgh this past weekend, I can’t say I understand the city any better than before my visit. I found it difficult to get a sense of the city, maybe because there are so many neighbourhoods (there are 90) and I didn’t find opportunities to speak to locals like I have in other cities. But having eaten at Kaya (in the Strip District of downtown Pittsburgh), I think I get its sustained popularity. It has a comfortable yet upbeat atmosphere, the service is friendly and helpful (whether you ask about the menu or about other restaurants or for bandaids), there are good vegetarian options, a range of drink options, and on a clear May day I was happy to sit indoors or outside. The food is served in generous portions and manages to be interesting without being pretentious (i.e. the food is meant to be eaten and shared, not just pretty for Instagram — although it’s also okay to Instagram it!). All-in-all, I say: eat there, order an extra drink, and enjoy the Strip District.