By Geena Provenzano
It is no secret that Pittsburgh’s restaurant scene has improved exponentially over the years. There are the best spots for BBQ, the best spots for Thai, the best spots for pizza, and the best spots for cocktails. What about the best spots for brunch?
Below are five of the best restaurants that offer brunch in Pittsburgh. And they’re offering it during the pandemic. Traditional or trendy, high or low, Pittsburgh can fill any of your brunch cravings in any part of town.
The Commoner, Downtown
Frequenting boutique hotels for dining has been quite common in bigger cities and has recently become a trend in Pittsburgh. For a good brunch, The Commoner at Kimpton Hotel Monaco is by far the best.
If you’re someone that prefers lunch for brunch, The Commoner has plenty of options. While the hotel exudes luxury and class, it also serves hearty favorites like burgers and fried chicken. There are great add-ons like shoestring fries with garlic aioli, and maple cream cheese glazed caramel sticky buns. Traditional breakfast dishes like omelets, French toast and fruit are also on the menu.
What The Commoner is most known for is its bloody mary bar. Travel+Leisure.com describes it best: “It has ingredients and embellishments like pickled eggs, bacon, grilled cheese sandwiches, more than 50 types of hot sauce, and lovely vodkas infused with herbs like rosemary or thyme.” While the full bar isn’t available during the pandemic, ordering your own is just as good.
The Commoner’s traditional weekend brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. But they also have a grab-and-go breakfast Monday through Friday, 7:30-10:30 a.m.
Avg. Price $16+
620 William Penn Pl. Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Mediterra Café, Sewickley & Mt. Lebanon
While this restaurant isn’t technically in Pittsburgh, it deserves to be on this list. What started as a small bakehouse is growing into a mini-empire with locations in Arizona, Sewickley, and most recently Mt. Lebanon. The Mt. Lebanon location has already found great success, even while opening in the middle of a pandemic.
What makes Mediterra so appealing is its authenticity. Everything is homemade and fresh, with flavors of pizza and quiche rotating daily. The menu is made up of both savory and sweet, including egg shakshuka and challah French toast.
New additions to the cafe’s menu are their deconstructed drinks. You can order a bloody mary or a latte and they give you the ingredients to mix yourself. These concoctions will not only elevate your taste buds but also take your Instagram to the next level.
Brunch at Mediterra is also a great opportunity to stock up on your provisions for the week. Pick up some homemade bread, marinated olives, and cheese, then fulfill your sugar craving with an almond croissant. Oh, and don’t forget a jumbo pretzel, voted Pittsburgh’s best by Honeycomb Credit in 2019.
Mt. Lebanon: 292 Beverly Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Sewickley: 430 Beaver St. Sewickley, PA 15143
The Lot at Edgewater, Oakmont
Another restaurant located just outside of Pittsburgh is The Lot at Edgewater. The Oakmont establishment opened three years ago and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. But the breakfast, served from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day, is by far their best.
The menu features a mix of a la carte classics and trendy meals. Prices vary with sides like eggs and bacon for $3 and crab cake benedict for $18. If you’re tired of ordering your usual mimosa, try one of their eight coffee cocktails instead.
The Lot is also very vegetarian friendly with their breakfast sandwich made of Impossible breakfast sausage, chipotle aioli and hash browns. They offer four different toasts, including avocado toasted loaded with eggs and pepper jam. In addition to vegan options like garlic sauteed spinach, there is truly something for everyone.
In 2018 owner John Keefe told The Trib he wanted to bring the city to the suburbs “without the city prices and less traffic than downtown.” Having a bite at the Lot at Edgewater is definitely worth making the trip out of town.
145 Allegheny Ave. Oakmont, PA 15139
Fl.2 (Floor 2), Downtown
Nestled on the second floor of The Fairmont Pittsburgh in Market Square is Fl.2. As another hotel restaurant, it offers brunch, lunch, dinner and even a raw bar. If you’re looking to get dressed up for a weekend brunch, this is your place.
Fl.2’s brunch menu could be described as classic yet elevated with sourdough pancakes and brioche French toast. Those looking to stay on the healthier side can do so with the Clean & Green pressed juice made from cucumber, celery, pear and lime. They put the lunch in brunch with their Caesar salad and double patty smash burger.
What stands out almost more than the food is Fl.2’s exquisite architecture. A traditional diner is turned into luxury with large mirrors, an extensive number of bronze fixtures and checkered tiles. The monstrous oval bar serves as the centerpiece. Decked out in marble and gold, it is certainly not an eyesore. Fl.2’s scenery will take you to a different place, and a different time.
Angie Jones, a writer for Discover the Burgh says, “We didn’t feel like we were even in Pittsburgh.”
In addition to the delicious meals, Fl. 2 also offers an assortment of baked goods. From chocolate croissants and crepes to banana bread, you’ll definitely want to order something to take home.
Brunch at Fl. 2 is offered Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Avg. Price $16+
510 Market St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Café Moulin, Shadyside
If lunch and dinner are offered on all days of the week, why can’t brunch? Café Moulin agrees and serves it every day from 8:00 am-4:00 p.m. Tucked in a tiny basement on the corner of Walnut and Filbert Street in Shadyside, this creperie is the epitome of a hidden gem.
Café Moulin truly has it all. Craving something sweet? Try a Nutella crepe piled with strawberries and topped with whipped cream. Want something savory? The Tivoli with mozzarella, tomato, and pesto is a must-have. Feeling creative or adventurous? Build your own. In addition to crepes, Café Moulin also offers omelets, toasts, and every other breakfast side imaginable.
The cuisine at Café Moulin is superb, and so is the service. From the second you walk in the servers make you feel right at home. They are helpful, attentive, and truly want to make sure they’ve met all of your expectations. And don’t worry—they definitely will.
732 Filbert St. Pittsburgh, PA 15232