DiAnoia’s Eatery, The Strip District
This popular eatery’s Italian-inspired brunch will fill you up and make you happy. The menu’s standout dishes include savory prosciutto Eggs Benedict and lemon and ricotta pancakes. Diners can also choose the “breakfast pizza” and for dessert go for the satisfying deep-fried sweet zeppole dough balls. Brunch is served at DiAnoia’s on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Bar Marco, The Strip District
Always an enticing brunch menu with creative spins on classics. Here you’ll find mouthwatering options like tiramisu French toast, lemon buttermilk pancakes, fried zucchini benedict, fried chicken and the “Marco burger.” Sides of doughnuts and bacon to share with the table are a good idea. Bar Marco always offers a great cocktail menu, and mornings are no exception. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are accepted.
B52 Cafe, Lawrenceville
Specializing in Middle Eastern and vegan cuisine, B52 is great for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Buckwheat sourdough pancakes and mezze platters are standouts on the brunch menu. There’s also a tofu scramble, potato latke sides and a rotating selection of housemade sodas and kombuchas. Don’t miss the full-service espresso bar with house-baked goods. Brunch is served Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Piper’s Pub, South Side
Morning and midday specialties from across the pond (or across the “Mon,” if you’re traveling from Downtown) are on the menu here. English breakfast, fried eggs and baked beans (Heinz, of course), tomato and bangers and toast are among the highlights. There’s also “boxty,” an Irish favorite which is basically a huge crispy potato pancake stuffed with all kinds of deliciousness. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They don’t take reservations, but you can always drink up at the bar if there’s a wait.
Whitfield, at The Ace Hotel, East Liberty
The brunch menu is varied and tasty, including classic egg dishes, blueberry pancakes and savory options like buttermilk fried chicken salad served Pittsburgh-style (fries on top). The brûléed grapefruit has caramelized sugar that forms a candy shell of extra sweetness over the fruit. Don’t skip the carbs: Whitfield’s Casey Renee earned a James Beard nomination for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are accepted.
The Vandal, Lawrenceville
Comfort food in a bright and cozy café space, perfect for a casual brunch. Highlights include biscuits and rosemary gravy, beignets, housemade granola and biscuit sandwiches. Ricotta scrambled eggs and breakfast toasts are also popular. And you can BYOB to make mimosas with their fresh squeezed juices. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Muddy Waters Oyster Bar, East Liberty
This place has Southern vibes and a menu of down-home country favorites done right, including shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy, po’ boys, and gumbo and cornbread, along with a ginormous build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are accepted.
Kaya, The Strip District
Looking for some heat and big, bold flavors? Kaya’s cuisine gets its inspiration from the Caribbean islands and South America, with some Asian touches as well. It’s a place where you can find corn and lentil beignets with green curry sauce or shrimp and black bean omelets with jalapeño. Bloody marys come with flavor-infused vodkas, whisky and tequila choices. Brunch hours: Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grand Concourse, South Side
Looking for something perfectly traditional? The Grand Concourse serves a legendary buffet-style brunch with an omelet station, carving table and freshly made doughnuts and waffles — all set against the backdrop of the South Side’s glamorously renovated train station. Brunch is served Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are accepted.