Things to do in Dormont

Potomac Avenue shopping district, Dormont Park and Dormont Pool (all photos by Ed Massery)

With a name that means “mountain of gold,” the walkable, well-situated neighborhood of Dormont is a tiny treasure.

Stats (via Niche)

  • Size: .76 sq. mi.
  • Population: 8,488
  • Median Rent: $830
  • Median Home Value: $123,400

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If you’ve only eaten one place in Dormont, chances are it’s the Dor-Stop. The tiny diner has been a Pittsburgh favorite for decades, serving up classic breakfast and lunch fare in a homey, friendly setting.

For a tiny neighborhood, Dormont boasts a remarkable culinary diversity. Grab Thai food at Thai Spoon and My Thai, Chinese at Amazing Wok and Mekong, or hearty sandwiches at Parker’s Fredo’s Deli and Rocchio’s Italian Deli. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the venerable Potomac Bakery and Josie’s Sweet & Treats, get a caffeine fix Muddy Cup or suck down a smoothie at the new Potomac Avenue spot, Blended. There’s a new kid on that block, too. Paulie’s BBQ on the corner of Potomac and Glenmore avenues offers ribs, pork chops, brisket and wings slow-cooked on a custom-made smoker.

Dormont has more than its share of nightlife as well. Catch a band at R Bar, shoot some pool at Breaker’s or grab a beer and a burger at Jamison’s. Or bowl a few rounds at Hollywood Lanes, a BYOB bowling alley and music venue that’s been a neighborhood fixture since 1926.

The Dormont Pool is perhaps the neighborhood’s best-known and best-loved attraction. Built in 1920 and declared a historic landmark in 2002, the 60,000 square-foot pool is one of the largest in the state, complete with waterslides, ample lawn space and a snack stand.

Surrounding the pool is Dormont Park, a 23.5-acre park with athletic fields, a walking trail and a wooden castle playground.

Catch a new or classic flick at Hollywood Theater. Recently purchased by the Theatre Historical Society of America, this one-screen gem dates back to the 1920s and is worlds away from a typical chain multiplex. Feeling adventurous? The Hollywood regularly hosts midnight showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Every Fourth of July, the neighborhood holds Dormont Day. The popular festival features food, live music, games and an impressive fireworks display.

Fast Facts

Dormont’s name comes from the French phrase mont d’or, which means “mountain of gold.”

Until 1768, the land that eventually became Dormont was held by the Delaware and Shawnee tribes.

Mr. Rogers once filmed an episode at Hollywood Lanes— they proudly display the bowling ball he used in it.

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