Brunch is a magical meal… just ask the hordes of hungry Pittsburghers who line up every Sunday for bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s that will knock your socks off.
We all have our favorite brunch spots, of course – but now, there are even more places to grab a mid-day meal every weekend.
Shadyside’s Acorn just launched a new brunch program, available every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Acorn chef Scott Walton has created a menu with some standout options, including a Scallion Pancake with mushroom, ramps, peas, sesame chili and soft-scrambled eggs, Biscuits & Gravy with milk-braised tasso ham, a poached egg and chives, and a Shrimp and Hominy place with crystal hot sauce shrimp, chow chow, and crab boil sauce.
Acorn (5528 Walnut Street)
We’re big fans of Bar Frenchman’s drinks-and-dinner menu, and when they recently announced that they would now be serving Sunday brunch, we got really excited. And for good reason, too: Their $29 two-course prix-fixe brunch menu features classic dishes like French Toaste and quiche, and more exotic offerings like escargot and lobster tagliatelle. Brunch is served every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Bar Frenchman (5925 Baum Blvd)
Haven’t been to the Federal Galley on the North Side yet? Brunch is a great time to check it out. Not only can you try four different menus from four distinct restaurants (El Lugar, Michigan & Trumbull, Provision PGH & Supper), but all four menus are seriously stellar. From the ‘Hot Mess’ platter at El Lugar (potato & green chile stew with tortilla chips, cotija, mole poblano and a dippy egg) to Michigan & Trumbull’s soon-to-be-famous brunch pizza with mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, smoked ham and basil hollandaise, everyone in your party will find something that they love. And the bar is open, too!
Federal Galley (200 Children’s Way)
Black Forge Coffee House
Black Forge Coffee House in Allentown almost always has a Saturday brunch event going on – just check their Facebook page for updated listings. From brunch empanadas with Mi Empanada to baked goods with 350 Bakery and biscuits from Wise County Biscuits, you never know what kind of deliciousness will be coming out of their kitchen.
Black Forge Coffee House (1206 Arlington Avenue)
Palazzo 1837 (1445 Washington Road, Washington)
Mt. Washington’s newest destination is now open for brunch! The stellar gastropub, with awesome views of downtown Pittsburgh and more than 50 drafts on tap, also has a pretty great weekend brunch program, available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On the menu, you’ll find Biscuits & Gravy, Blueberry Almond French Toast, a Waffle BLT, a Cuban sandwich, and lots more.
Coughlin’s Law (10 Virginia Avenue)
North Park Lounge
Both the Lawrenceville and the McCandless locations of North Park Lounge are now offering weekend brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Brunch menu items include breakfast sandwiches (a BELT, with bacon, lettuce, tomato and an egg is a standout), waffles, deep-fried French Toast, and omelettes.
North Park Lounge (various locations)
Fl. 2 added weekend brunch to their offerings earlier this year, and it’s quickly becoming one of the best programs in the city. Available every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the restaurant (located on the second floor of the Fairmont Hotel Pittsburgh downtown), serves decadant offerings like Creme Brulee-soaked French Toast with smoked maple syrup and a Duck Confit Cinnamon Roll. They also have a special brunch cocktail menu, with a selection of both alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic, juice-based ‘mocktails.’
fl. 2 (510 Market Street)
Brugge on North
The newest restaurant from the owners of Park Bruges and Point Brugge Cafe (two all-star Pittsburgh brunch restaurants), opened in April on the North Side, at Alphabet City in the City of Asylum. You’ll find a traditional brunch menu, with egg dishes, breakfast pastries, stuffed French Toast, fried chicken & buttermilk biscuits, and a prix fixe brunch option, too.
Brugge on North (40 West North Avenue)
The newly-opened Bakn in Warrendale was made for brunch – bacon is in its name, after all. They have plenty of bacon-infused dishes on the brunch menu, including their Breakfast Sandwich #1 (a fried egg, peppers bacon, Jarlsberg cheese, tomato and bacon-aise on sourdough), and an omelet stuffed with three different types of bacon. They also have non-bacon options, too, like Shrimp & Grits, Salmon Fritatta, and Almond-Crusted French Toast.
Bakn (100 Fowler Road, Warrendale)
Bitter Ends Garden & Luncheonette
Bitter Ends Garden & Luncheonette (4613 Liberty Avenue)
Pie for Breakfast
We’ve been waiting a pretty long time for Pie for Breakfast to open, but we have it on good authority that it’s coming very (very!) soon. And when they open, we’ll be ready for it. As they told NextPittsburgh, the restaurant will be a hybrid of a “truck stop and an European cafe,” with hearty breakfast dishes like eggs and hashes, and really, really good espresso. Of course, there will be pie – from Apple, Peach, Chess and Buttermilk pies are just a few options will be on the menu. Oh, and one more thing to look forward to: Prosecco on draft!
Pie for Breakfast (200 North Craig Street)