A new restaurant has opened in Downtown Pittsburgh serving the three most important meals of the day: breakfast, lunch, and happy hour.
Dubbed The Speckled Egg, this diner-esque, all-day brunch spot is the brainchild and passion project of Pittsburghers Jacqueline and Nathan Schoedel. Located inside the Union Trust building, it’s now officially open from 7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. Monday – Friday, and 7:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. on Saturday.
Prior to opening The Speckled Egg, the duo worked in various restaurants in the Pittsburgh area, and Jacqueline ran Josephine’s Toast, one of the inaugural restaurants at the Smallman Galley. Josephine’s Toast closed in early 2017 when the second round of restaurant moved into the galley. At the time, Josephine’s Toast featured a menu of breakfast-forward dishes like toast and tartines. Their new project, The Speckled Egg, taps into a similar ethos of cooking.
“We have been working on this since I left Josephine’s Toast,” says Jacqueline.
And after years of location scouting, The Speckled Egg is now offering Pittsburgh a menu of brunch favorites like egg dishes, sandwiches, and salads, as well as a fully-stocked bar. The eatery aims to be a welcoming place where guests can grab a hearty meal and drink at any hour.
“When you walk into The Speckled Egg, you should feel like you are walking into your friend’s house. A place where you can spend 5 minutes or 5 hours. Where you can get some grub and grab a drink but you won’t have to wash the dishes. We thrive off of good vibes and want everyone to have a nice time,” the business writes on their Honeycomb Credit page.
A few early menu favorites include the Turkey Devonshire, inspired by a favorite of Nathan Schoedel, and Poppy Seed & Buttermilk Pancakes.
“The menu is literally just the food we like to eat,” explains Jacqueline with a laugh. “You want to cook what you want to eat.”
And after the daily brunch rush, the restaurant finishes the day with Happy Hour, available Monday-Friday, from 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Specials include $4 and $5 wines, discounts on beer, and bar bites like edamame, pork rinds, corn dogs, and a giant Bavarian pretzel.
“Shareable, fun stuff,” comments Jacqueline.
The restaurant has 14 seats at the bar, a 26 seat dining room, and a little nook for a coffee house.
Another important aspects of the restaurant is the grab-and-go business, where customers can purchase homemade sandwiches and salads to-go from the restaurant’s counter.
Whether it’s breakfast, happy hour, or lunch to-go, The Speckled Egg will be a welcome addition to Downtown’s dining scene.
“I’m just happy to be in the neighborhood,” says Jacqueline.
After one year of successful business in their Downtown location, The Speckled Egg plans to begin working on opening multiple locations in the greater Pittsburgh area.
More information can be found online.
The Speckled Egg (501 Grant St)