Fittsburgh’s Top 8 Brunch Spots

Some people know, and some don’t… but Fittsburgh is making a name for itself through Pittsburgh as a commitment. Fittsburgh was created in May 2014 and committed to make Pittsburgh the healthiest city in the nation. In a recent article, Fittsburgh identified 8 of the healthiest brunches in the city. Drumroll please:

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1) Eden

With chef/co-owner Hilary Zozula, Eden is one of the healthiest brunch spots in Pittsburgh. Their appeal includes allergy conscious, vegan, raw, and 100% gluten-free. One of their signature dishes includes ‘raw cakes’ created with coconut, oats, and almonds. Eden will whip up healthy food, but you will be surprised of how delicious it will taste!

735 Copeland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 F-Sun 10-2.

2) Lili Cafe

This little cafe loves surprises… so you will have to check their Facebook Page the week prior for the brunch menu. They love changing up the options, but will always keep a handful of vegan and vegetarian dishes. And Lili Cafe loves to give a deal. Brunch is $10 including coffee or tea and orange juice.

3138 Dobson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Sun 10-3

3) Coca Cafe

From personal experience, Coca Cafe is unbelievable! The food is fresh, delicious, and creative. As Lawrenceville continues to grow, Coca Cafe will continue to remain busy. Their dishes vary from basic breakfast essentials to jaw-dropping creations, like smoked-salmon omelet. They do accommodate for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free when possible.

3811 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 Sun 9-2

4) Marty’s Market

You may be surprised that this little hot spot exists in the Strip District. Marty’s Market is a speciality grocery, a coffee bar, and a quaint brunch spot to many local Pittsburghers. They do offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. And Marty’s is always stocked with fresh fruit and juices.

2301 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Sat & Sun 9-3

5) Square Cafe

Located in Regent Square, Square Cafe remains busy and packed especially on the warm days in Pittsburgh. With a few sidewalk tables, Square Cafe seems to always have a line out its door on the weekends. Who could resist their fluffy pancakes, also available in gluten-free and vegan varieties. They also have an array of gluten-free frittata and tofu hash.

1137 S Braddock Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 Sat 7-3 & Sun 8-3 

6) Amazing Cafe

Connected to Amazing Yoga, the Amazing Cafe prides themselves in a health lifestyle. Along with healthy exercises, the cafe serves some of the healthiest items found in Pittsburgh. Besides delicious, organic smoothies and juice, the cafe serves vegan and vegetarian friendly items. Warm brunch items are served on the weekends and change often, according to their Facebook Page.

1506 E. Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 Sat & Sun 11-2:45

7) Zenith

Many people walk into Zenith thinking ‘Where am I?’ As noted on their website, Vegetarian Cafe – Art Gallery – Antique Gold Mine, Zenith is all of the above. The menu is as unpredictable as the place itself. Some staple items remain like seitan and tofu… and the good deal of $11.50 for the buffet, a main dish, and coffee or tea.  

86 South 26th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 Sun 11-2:30

8) DeLuca’s

As crazy as it might sound, DeLuca’s did make the cut for one of the healthiest brunches in Pittsburgh. Among their slew of pancakes, french toast, waffles, and burritos… there is the ‘Body Builders Bionic Breakfast.’ This section includes egg-white omelets with choice of chicken breasts, avocado, spinach, turkey sausage, and veggies.

2015 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Sat 6-3 & Sun 7-3

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Brunch Hot Spots in Pittsburgh

When trying to find somewhere good to eat, I always rely on my Yelp app to help me along the way. Pittsburgh has recently been booming with new restaurants, and trying to decide who has a good brunch can be tricky. Visit the map mashup below to help guide you around Pittsburgh to some of the best brunches. The restaurants are grouped by ratings from Yelp users, with purple being the highest of 4.5 stars, blue being 4 stars, and yellow being 3 stars. Check it out and join Yelp to help others decide which brunch is worth a visit.

xoxo, So Brunch·y

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What do I wear?… to brunch

As we all know, figuring out what to wear for the day can be one of life’s hardest challenges. And when it comes to brunch, you must not disappoint in appearance. Brunch is a reason to celebrate… even if it is Sunday and the work week begins in less than 24 hours. Always brunch in style: here are some ideas of what to wear.

1) A chiffon dress is always a good choice. Whether it is summer time or in the middle of January, you can strut in a chiffon dress with sandals or tights. It speaks, “I want to look good, but I’m not trying that hard.”

2) Scarves are the perfect accessories to bring your outfit to the next level. A fashion scarf can add a bit of color or pattern to an ordinary outfit, while remaining sophisticated yet playful.

3) Wedges give the perfect height to your brunching event, while remaining laid-back and casual. Try a nice suede, bootie style for the winter and an open-toed sandal for the summer.

4) A satchel purse is big enough to fit all your weekend necessities and cute enough to go with any outfit. When it comes to brunch, we all mean business. A satchel is chic and casual, but also roomy enough to fit your cosmetic bag, sunglasses, extra jewelry options, make-up remover, and whatever else your spontaneous weekend may consist of.

5) Statement necklaces is the ideal way to class-up your classic t-shirt; because let’s all admit it… somedays you just don’t feel like dressing up. Nothing is wrong with throwing on a t-shirt and a pair of cropped pants. But adding a statement necklace can pull that outfit completely together and make people think, “Wow, I love her outfit.”

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When it comes to brunches, we are all trying to achieve that “I just got out of bed, threw on something in my closet, and I look amazing without trying.” Or at least, that’s what I try to accomplish. Brunches are meant to make things complicated. Just remember to wear something comfy, and to add that little extra. Because hey, you are about to feast into some delicious food so might as well look good doing it.

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Welcome to the Commoner

Happy Saturday! I’m proud to announce that I was one of the Commoner’s first brunch-goers as their brunch just launched today. And might I add, it was simply amazing. This was my first time at the Commoner, as it only opened last month. The food was delicious and unique, the drinks were refreshing, and the decor was very chic. I guess you could say, it was so brunch·y.

Click below to view the experience

Brunching for the Hungry

Just when you start to think brunch can’t get any better, Pittsburgh finds a new way to incorporate the meal in a beneficial way.

The Northside Common Ministries held its fourth annual Food Pantry Brunch Challenge January 31 at the New Hazlett Theater to benefit the food pantry. Chefs from Eat’n Park, Priory Fine Pastries, Rivers Casino, Strictly Business Catering, Thai Me Up and Whole Foods competed in the challenge this year by serving 250 guests.

The Food Pantry Brunch Challenge tested chefs to create dishes for the fundraiser with ingredients and foods distributed at the pantry. Eat’n Park’s corporate chef, Regis Holden, whipped up his wife’s macaroni casserole — elbow macaroni, ground beef, Velveeta and tomato soup. Clinton Bleil, owner of Strictly Business Catering, prepared pulled pork with root beer barbecue sauce and mushrooms cooked with Kentucky bourbon. Ultimately the guests voted for their favorite chef, Noi Chaisri — the owner of Thai Me Up created a vegetable fried rice and red curry chicken sauce.

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The event was created to raise funds for the food pantry because there is a lag of donations after the holidays which needed to be addressed. But also, the event is to raise awareness and showcase the ‘richness, diversity and variety’ of items the organizations provide at the pantry, said Lisa Scales, CEO of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, a partner of Northside Common Ministries.

And even though we may not all be renowned chefs, we are capable of throwing together items around the house to put a nice meal on the table… especially for brunch!

Click for more information of the Northside Common Ministries Food Pantry or The Food Pantry Brunch Challenge

Top Ten Pastries for Brunch — because whoever said to save dessert for last

Let’s face it, everyone has a sweet tooth. And even though brunch is known for the delicacy of combining breakfast and lunch (duh!), many people also know that brunch is  an excuse to dive into the ooey-gooey goodness of some delicious pastries. After going to house-hold brunches and venturing to restaurants for brunch, I have came across some of the best pastries to feature on your next menu or try at your next outing. So drum roll please… here are the top ten pastries for brunch.

1) Monkey Bread

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Monkey bread is possibly my favorite brunch pastry. Originating from the US, it is a combination of soft pieces of bread, cinnamon, and some even throw in pecans. It is served hot so it can easily be pulled apart by hand, and who doesn’t love licking the gooey, sugary sweetness off their fingers.  Click here for an easy recipe.

2) Beignet

Beignets

Originated in France, the beignet is made from deep-fried ‘choux’ (light, airy French) pastry. The pastry includes variations of fried dough and powdered sugar. To make things interesting, many people stuff the beignet with fruit, like bananas, apples and peaches. They are light, fruitful, and sweet! Click here for bite-size banana beignet recipe…say that three-times fast.

3) Kolach

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Funny enough, at almost every holiday party my big Italian family serves these. I though it was an Italian cookie, but sure enough this small pastry originates from Czechoslovakia. These pastries are light, puffy pillows of dough, stuffed with smashed fruit (usually jam). And of course to make it look fancy, topped with powdered sugar. Click here for some ‘jammin’ recipes.

4) Bear Claw

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So besides monkeys, we have  bears. Bear claws originated in the US during the mid 1920’s. Bear claws are known for their shape — a bear claw·y look. It is a thicker pastry consisting of an almond paste and baked almonds inside. Some even throw in raisins for additional taste. Click here for a ‘beary’ exciting recipe.

5) Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Roll

I may have an obsession with cinnamon rolls, but they are just that good. Originating from Sweden, the cinnamon roll is more commonly known for being served in Northern Europe and North America for breakfast. Besides the flour, cinnamon, and sugar, the real signature ingredient is the cream cheese icing. It is sticky, sweet, and delicious! Although Pillsbury offers pretty good pre-made cinnamon rolls, click here for a homemade recipe.

6) Nutella Puffs

Nutella Pastry

Nutella is an Italian sweetened hazelnut chocolate spread, and even though the product has been around since 1964, I feel as though the spread reached its peak within the last couple years. People put Nutella on everything! But hey, there’s no shame. So of course, some one already created a Nutella puff pastry. It consists of a light, airy pastry and exploding with delicious Nutella spread. Click here for the recipe.

7) Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake

Coffee cake has a variety of meanings because the name was first coined whenever people offered guests the treat as a gesture of hospitality. Actually, many coffee cakes do not have coffee in them. Today, the US’s coffee cake consists of a yellow cake topped with walnuts, pecans, and cinnamon. It sure goes great with coffee though. Click here for the deluxe coffee cake.

8) Tart

Tart

The tart, originating from France, is a baked dish consisting of a filling over a pastry base.The shortcrust pastry serves as a nice base for the meatier filling on top — usually fruit. The pastry consists of either a jam, jelly, cream cheese, or thicker substance baked inside the pastry’s crust and to hold the fruit. Mom always said to make your plate colorful, so here’s a nice change for a pastry. Click here for a mixed-berry cream tart.

9) Scone

Scone

The scone’s origin is Scotland and consists of either wheat, barley, or oatmeal. It is often lightly sweetened and occasionally glazed. It has a much more grittier texture than other pastries, but still has a sweet taste. Many people throw in fruits for a sweeter taste and consistency. Click here for the cranberry scones.

10) Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffin

Although I don’t really like blueberries, once they are baked inside a muffin, my opinion changes drastically. Muffins originate from Wales, but America has modified the original muffin. Muffins were much more flat-shaped, similar to an English muffin as we know. American muffins are cupcake-shaped and includes a variety of flavors like blueberry, banana, chocolate, butter pecan, and the list goes on and on. For an awesome blueberry muffin recipe, click here.