We have brunch on the brain.
That’s why we’ve pulled together the ultimate Pittsburgh brunch bucket list.
From peanut butter & jelly waffles, to crab legs and breakfast pizza, we have laid out all of the extravagant brunch dishes worth seeking out in Pittsburgh!
How many of these brunch dishes have you had? Let us know your favorite in the comments below!
The Ultimate Pittsburgh Brunch Bucket List:
Chips & Ice Cream at Floor 2
This downtown hotspot has an entire “sweet” section of their brunch menu, featuring items like Cinnamon Rolls and French Toast. However, the star of the show is their “Chips & Ice Cream,” comprised of vanilla ice cream coated in caramel and potato chips.
Floor 2 (510 Market Street)
Sallie’s Snack at Wise County Biscuits
We’re not shy about our love of Wise County Biscuits, Pittsburgh’s Appalachia-inspired biscuit company. Their entire menu is scrummy, but one of our absolute favorites is “Sallie’s Snack,” which is comprised of homemade biscuit topped with pimento cheese, fried egg, and chow chow.
Hot Mess at El Lugar
This popular brunch option from El Lugar is a total mess – but completely worth it! The “Hot Mess” features potatoes, green chile stew with tortilla chips, cotija, and mole poblano, topped with a dippy egg.
El Lugar (200 Children’s Way)
The Brunch Pie at Iron Born
Iron Born may have only opened in 2017, but their “Brunch Pie” has quickly established itself as a quintessential Pittsburgh brunch dish. Topped with sausage shaved fingerling potato, cheddar cheese, and a maple drizzle, this is a pizza you have to taste to believe.
Iron Born (54 21st St)
Blueberry and Brie Toast at Bitter Ends Garden & Luncheonette
As per usual, Bitter Ends Garden has hit it out of the park with their curious vegetable-forward brunch dishes. Their Blueberry and Brie toast perfectly combines salty and sweet flavors.
Bitter Ends Garden & Luncheonette (4613 Liberty Ave)
Crab Legs at Carmi Soul Food
Carmi, located on East Carson Street in the South Side, puts on a great Saturday brunch every weekend. Including pitchers of “soulmosas,” fried green tomatoes, lobster Mac & Cheese, and”Big Ole Homemade Biscuits,” the entire menu is fabulous. Don’t miss the fresh snow crab legs, served with Carmi’s butter mix.
Carmi Soul Food (1825 E Carson St)
Pancakes at The Lot at Edgewater
We understand there is some stiff competition in Pittsburgh for the crown of “best pancakes,” so we’re just going to say that we promise you won’t be disappointed with the buttery pancakes at The Lot at Edgewater, a new diner in Oakmont.
The Lot at Edgewater (145 Allegheny Ave)
Mimosa Carafe at Local Bar + Kitchen
What is brunch without mimosas? Local Bar + Kitchen offers gigantic carafes of mimosas at their weekend brunch. These delicious mimosas are only $8 per carafe!
Local Bar + Kitchen (1515 E Carson St)
Pittsburgh Salad at The Whitfield
There are few dishes quite as classic Pittsburgh as a Pittsburgh salad (salad topped with french fries, duh). The Whitfield in East Liberty offers a Pittsburgh salad with tender buttermilk fried chicken and tangy dressing.
The Whitfield (120 S Whitfield St)
Lobster and Waffles at Palazzo 1837 Ristorante
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New brunch spot alert! Why yes, that is lobster on a waffle. @palazzo_1837_ristorante begins serving Sunday brunch on June 3rd! Head over for live music, bottomless mimosas, and a delicious menu featuring items like: Grand Mariner French Toast, Eggs Benedict with crispy pork belly, and lobster & waffles (pictured). More information can be found at @palazzo_1837_ristorante #ad #goodfoodpgh
There’s a lot fun to be had at Palazzo’s Sunday brunch, including live music, bottomless mimosas, and a Bloody Mary bar. One menu item not to be overlooked is their Lobster and Waffle. The owner of Palazzo discovered how to make waffles while visiting relatives in Belgium when he was 19, and has been perfecting the recipe in the years since. The waffles are cooked on an authentic Belgian iron, which was imported to the states, and then topped with succulent lobster.
Palazzo 1837 Ristorante (1445 Washington Road)
Eggs Chesapeake at or, The Whale
There is really nothing better than starting your day with a crab cake covered in hollandaise sauce – trust us on this one. You can get or, The Whale’s delicious Eggs Chesapeake from the restaurant’s brunch menu, which is offered seven days a week.
or, The Whale (63 Boulevard of the Allies)
Breakfast Burritos from Pittsburgh Burrito Bus
The Pittsburgh Burrito Bus serves breakfast burritos from their converted WV Wagon all over town! Don’t miss the chance to try these Southern California-inspired burritos whenever you can – follow them on social media to see where they’ll be next!
Vegan and Gluten-Free Treats from Good Chroma
Every technicolored treat offered by Good Chroma is beautiful, tasty, and completely vegan. While cookies and cupcakes are technically not breakfast foods, we won’t say anything if you won’t. 😉 Find Good Chroma at popups and farmers markets across the city.
Polenta Pizza at Threadbare Cider
Cider and pizza? Yes please! We love the brunch menu at Threadbare Cider, which offers breakfast pizzas including the “Threadbare Hash,” with potato, red onion, sage, breakfast sausage, mozzarella, sunny side up egg, and the Japanese-inspired “Okonomikayi,” with cabbage, mozzarella, scrambled egg, shiitake aioli, sweet soy, and katsuobushi. All pies are offered on their classic sourdough crust, or gluten-free polenta.
Threadbare Cider and Mead (1291 Spring Garden Ave)
Old-World Style Pizza at DiAnoia’s Eatery
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Happy Friday! Pizza today from 11am-4pm! Also, while you are eating your pizza, don't forget to vote for DiAnoia's in the @theinclinepgh's pizza bracket to get us to round 2 so we can battle and beat our pizza nemisis @tagliopgh 😈. You can vote once a week until October 4th!
Due to the capacity of the very popular DiAnoia’s Eatery in The Strip, the restaurant has to limit when they serve their legendary pizzas, but you can usually find them on the brunch menu. If you’ve been lucky enough to snag one of these pies, you’ll know they’re are made “Old World” style, with provolone cheese underneath the sauce. To meet growing demands, DiAnoia’s plans to covert the storage space attached to the building into a pizza parlor, so they can serve their pizza all the time.
DiAnoia’s Eatery (2549 Penn Ave)
Breakfast Sandwiches at Pear and the Pickle
This tiny cafe in Troy Hill has mastered the classic breakfast sandwich. When you’re looking for a hearty, no-frills breakfast sammie, make your way up Rialto Street to The Pear and Pickle. In addition to their breakfast sandwiches (which are served all day), they also offer a menu of “hot sandwiches” (featuring Boars Head meats), and Stumptown Coffee.
Pear and the Pickle (1800 Rialto St)
Over-the-top Donuts at Just Good Donuts
There are donuts, and then there are Just Good Donuts. This extravagant donut shop on the South Side of Pittsburgh takes donuts to the next level. Topped with everything from Oreos to cereal and bacon, there is a donut on the menu for everyone’s palette.
Just Good Donuts will be at BrunchBurgh.
Just Good Donuts (1830 E Carson St)
Peanut Butter Bar at Madeleine Bakery & Bistro
We have to admit that this one hovers on the thin line between dessert and breakfast. However, when paired with a coffee, it’s the perfect sweet treat to start your day. Featuring a ribbon of whipped peanut butter, this bar is truly divine. Peanut butter fans – run, don’t walk, to go get this treat.
Madeleine Bakery & Bistro (609 S Trenton Ave)
What is your favorite brunch dish in Pittsburgh? Leave it in the comments below!