It's a known fact: Pittsburgh does brunch well. Here's a few suggestions to get you started in the right direction.
Weekends in Pittsburgh are generally a laid-back affair, filled with sports and food. However, brunch is almost a celebrated holiday in Pittsburgh and you have a serious selection to choose from. Whether you and your friends enjoy buffets, boozy concoctions, or classic eggs and bacon, Pittsburgh has a brunch spot for you. Here are 8 brunch options for a special celebration, or to celebrate making it though the weekend.
If You Wish You Were in Paris
If you want an authentic French brunch experience complete with champagne, macarons, and croissants, then take your gang straight to Paris 66 in East Liberty. The menu offers a complete range of breakfast food and even has Gaby et Jules famous French pastries. The quaint interior along with the delicious food will make you forget that you are on this side of the pond.
If You Love Bloody Mary's
Bloody Mary's are an important part of Sunday Brunch and Luke Wholey's doesn't mess around. You can choose from a list of a la carte toppings to add to your drink including a whole soft shell crab. Pittsburghers know that you can always trust Wholey's to have the best seafood in town. There's nothing better to go along with your Bloody Mary than a fresh lobster roll.
If Your Group Likes Their Options
Pittsburgh's Smallman Galley, a restaurant incubator in the Strip District, has everything you need if your friends tend to be indecisive about their brunch choices. It's also a great place to bring people a variety of dietary needs. With four restaurants under one roof, you have all the options in the world. And if you're craving coffee, there is a full-service Commonplace coffee bar right on the other side of the restaurant.
Bonus tip: If you have a large group for brunch, Smallman Galley has ample room for big parties. No reservation required!
If You Like to Sleep In
Coca Cafe in Lawrenceville has an all-day brunch on Sunday so no need set that alarm. If you're not a morning person, this is a great choice. If the weather looks promising, make sure to reserve a table on their outside patio. Homemade donuts taste even better when you're immersed in Lawrenceville's vibrant neighborhood.
If You Have a Sweet Tooth
Bartram House Bakery is not your typical bakery. The cozy little spot has a full-service breakfast menu, too. Bartram House has something for everyone whether you're in the mood for homemade sweets like pastries and cakes, or a classic eggs benedict with home fries.
If You Like To BYOB
With a menu that is always changing, The Vandal is a great spot to spice up a Sunday brunch. You can BYOB or order a hand-crafted latte from the coffee bar in house. Their seasonal menu is always rotating so if you are tired of the same-old, then this is a perfect spot to make a reservation.
If You're Crazy for Crepes
If you can't get enough of breakfast fixings, then grab some crepes at Caffe Mona La Bistro. There are so many options to pile on your crepe that it makes it hard to decide whether to go sweet or savory. And if you really can't choose, then there's a three-course brunch special.
If You Love the Classics
The Grand Concourse Sunday brunch is a Pittsburgh classic. The old train concourse has an extraordinary interior that makes this one of the fanciest brunches in town. The classic buffet-style brunch has options ranging from classic breakfast foods, prime rib and seafood, to homemade donuts and pastries. If dining in style is your group's thing, then make sure to make your reservation ahead of time.
Olivia is a Pittsburgh native with a passion for digital marketing and content creation. Her favorite hobbies include discovering the best food, events, and things to do in Pittsburgh. Follow Olivia on Instagram at @livpgh.