Hi guys! Today I’m doing a little something different. Why? Because today is the 2015 Pittsburgh Guest Blogger Event (#PghGBE), meaning a group of Pittsburgh-based bloggers got together for one giant blog swap—woohoo!
Today’s post comes from Jessica from In Pursuit of Simple. Take it away, Jess!
Hello there, almond lovers! I’m Jess from In Pursuit of Simple, and I’m here to talk to you about something very important: brunch.
I love Friday and Saturday, but Sunday holds a special place in my heart, as Sunday is the day of brunch. To me, brunch is a win-win for everyone. If you like to sleep in, great! Brunch isn’t until 10:30 a.m. If you like to get up early, great! Brunch isn’t until 10:30 a.m. You can accomplish so much before then!
Pittsburgh is a great place to be a brunch aficionado. Our city has perfected the art of the pancake and mid-morning cocktail. My personal favorite? The mimosa. Whether you’re a lifelong Pittsburgher who is trying to decide weekend plans or someone looking for a great brunch spot on your next trip to the city, here are a few of my favorite places to get my favorite meal (and a heads up on whether or not they serve mimosas):
Mansions on Fifth (with Mimosas)
This Shadyside spot is first on the list because I consider it the ultimate brunch in Pittsburgh, as much for its location as its food. While the price tag is high, the food is truly delicious… and all-you-can-eat. That’s right. You can fill your plate with crepes, salmon, omelette, crab cake, beef tenderloin, and the list goes on. You can sip your mimosa while taking in the art, architecture, and live music that comes with brunching on Fifth Avenue. Perhaps one of the best aspects of the mansion brunch experience is that there are very few tables, which may make reservations more difficult but cut out the lines and difficult-to-maneuver table set-up in some restaurants.
Meat & Potatoes (with Mimosas)
This is not your mama’s brunch. And that’s good! If you’re looking for your classic dishes with a twist, you need to check out brunch at Meat & Potatoes in the Cultural District. When I stopped in, I had a spicy eggs benedict that was almost delicious as my mimosa. Almost. If you love a good drink to wake you up at brunch, you have plenty of options to choose from here, including a bloody mary bar. Bloody marys and a musical sound like the makings of a perfect Sunday to me.
If you mention “Pittsburgh” and “brunch” in the same sentence, Pamela’s is probably soon to follow. One of the most famed Pittsburgh restaurants, its been featured . It’s been around since 1980, and Pittsburghers have been lining up for pancakes and omelettes ever since. Pamela’s has been featured on the food network and served President Obama when he was in town. You may get called a “tourist” if you choose Pamela’s over some lesser-known spots, but you won’t be able to hear it over the sound of your chewing their amazing pancakes. Located in the Strip, Millvale, Mt. Lebanon, Oakland, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill. Be prepared to stand in a line and pay with cash, and once you’re inside, be sure to order the lyonnaise potatoes.
Deluca’s is typically pitted against Pamela’s for the title of best breakfast in Pittsburgh… and longest line to get to it. They have plenty in common. They are both in the Strip, both cash-only, both ALWAYS packed and they both serve amazing classic breakfast and brunch food. To be honest, I prefer Pamela’s ONLY because it is more convenient to get to one of their locations. But I have nothing but praise for Deluca’s food and yinzer ambience. Adam Richman from “Man vs. Food” loved it! In the end, when it comes to Pamela’s and Deluca’s, I think we should all agree to disagree and be happy that we have a ton of options for amazing food.
My fiance was born and raised in Bethel Park, and when we first started dating he talked about Dor-Stop all… of… the… time. So by the time we finally made it there, my expectations were high and my stomach was grumbling. It didn’t disappoint. The long line, busy atmosphere, and amazing food make it pretty comparable to Pamela’s and Deluca’s, and it, too, had some small screen fame when it was featured on “Diners, Drive In’s, and Dives.” If you’re looking for that quaint diner feel and a HUGE plate of hotcakes, this is a good place to make a stop at. (They have healthy options as well.)
Bartram House Bakery
When I lived in the North Hills, Bartram House Bakery was one of my favorite neighborhood spots. They are constantly putting amazing specials on the menu, from sandwiches and salads to soup and baked goods. Oh, the baked goods. Displayed on their countertop, it’s nearly impossible to leave without taking one of them to go. Their cupcakes rival even the best local cupcakeries and bakeries. You really can’t go wrong when ordering from the menu, as they have a lot to offer, even if you have dietary restrictions. If you don’t make it to the North Hills often, you’re in luck! They are also located in McMurray and South Side.
Grand Concourse (with Mimosas)
If you want an upscale brunch experience for a lower cost than the Mansions on Fifth, Grand Concourse is a great option. While more crowded, it offers the same level of stunning architecture, and even has a donut machine! As far as I know, this is the only place in Pittsburgh where you can make your own donuts. Except for your kitchen. The Grand Concourse also has a fantastic view of the city, with a direct view from Station Square. This is a great place to bring kids, as well, as they have a special section of their buffet dedicated to children’s favorite treats.
So, fellow Pittsburghers, which restaurants did I miss? Where do you spend your Sundays?
Thanks to Erin for letting me invade her blog today! I hope you all check out my blog and friend me on social media.
Thanks Jessica! Is anyone else hungry now? Considering I’ve only been to two of these places, I clearly have some brunching to do!
If you’re looking for another breakfast option, feel free to check out my guest post for Parmesan Princess, where I’m sharing my Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Overnight Oats!
Q: Pittsburghers-how many of these places have you been to? Which place are you dying to try? For me, it’s Deluca’s! I’ve heard nothing but good things.