A fresh bakery treat is a simple delight that can really brighten up any day. Bring a smile to your face and share the joy with someone else by picking up delicious, scratch-made treats from these local bakeries.  

Bluebird Kitchen

Using as many local ingredients as possible, Bluebird Kitchen has been making everything from scratch for 12 years. Their pastries and cookies? From scratch. Their nine different types of bread? From scratch. Their three daily soups? From scratch — with no help from bases or bouillon. 

They also butcher and cure their lunch meats. Plus, they have a range of vegetarian and vegan options — from actual vegetables to unbelievably good vegan chocolate chip cookies. You won’t find the terms “organic,” “free range,” or “hormone free” on the menu because you can assume that everything is!

Jak’s Bakery

Jak’s Bakery is an independent, family-owned bakery specializing in Bulgarian baked goods. Their European-style sweet and savory pastries are made by hand, every night. Jak’s specialty is hand-pulled phyllo pastries called Banitsa. These pastries are folded, layered, and filled, resulting in Banitsa that is crispy and flaky on the outside, tender on the inside. Fillings include spinach-feta, cheese, apple-walnut, and seasonal ones like pumpkin. 

Many in Pittsburgh with an Eastern European background come to them to find nostalgic flavors and treats. But Jak’s bakery is a great place for anyone to discover unique flavors and treats (like rosehip jam, halva, and hand-pulled phyllo) at a reasonable price in a neighborhood spot that feels like a community.

Lola’s Eatery

At Lola’s Eatery, they’re not just about making delicious treats. They’re about fostering a welcoming environment where everyone feels valued and included. Owned and operated by a woman, Lola’s Eatery is a celebration of empowerment and creativity. It’s a place that serves the community with trendy and tasty experiences. Lola’s is also committed to providing a safe workplace that nurtures the creativity of their bakers and mentors the next generation of culinary talents. 

The bakers craft an array of delectable delights, each one a unique creation inspired by seasonal ingredients and embracing innovative trends. Everything on the menu is crafted entirely from scratch each day. Drawing inspiration from Filipino and Mexican flavors, their desserts offer a unique and exciting twist on traditional favorites. While they do have a few signature items, their flavor selection rotates weekly, ensuring there’s always something new and exciting to discover.

Georgie’s Corner Bakery & Cafe

Georgie’s Corner Bakery & Cafe is not only a bakery, but a place for breakfast, lunch, and full coffee/tea service. Everything is made from scratch in-house. The crowd favorite? The breakfast sandwich of egg souffles on a buttermilk biscuit or chive english muffin with dijonaise, fresh greens, roasted tomatoes, and cheese. 

While known for their scratch-made pies (especially their signature Honey Pie), they now also offer special occasion cakes that are available in chocolate, vanilla, or their changing seasonal flavor. These beautiful creations are topped with flowers and unique buttercream piping. Swing by for your coffee and pastry. Then, sit back and enjoy it in their covered outdoor seating space. 

Prantl’s Bakeries

Well-known and well-loved, Prantl’s Bakeries has been delighting Pittsburgh tastebuds for generations. Prantl’s is committed to quality and continuing their traditional recipes. They craft unparalleled baking goods, ensuring that each treat (like the famous Burnt Almond Torte) is a delectable, irresistible, impeccably crafted pastry. Their extensive selection includes thumbprints, gobs (similar to Whoopie Pies), cookies, cakes, Danish pastries, and more.

Exciting news! In July, Prantl’s is offering buy two, get one free every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This July Sale Sizzler offer is valid when purchasing three of the same regular-priced product in the store. It does not apply to discounted items online orders, custom cakes or wedding cakes. Additional exclusions may also apply.

Cinnaholic

Cinnaholic is a cinnamon roll experience. Their scratch-made and freshly baked cinnamon rolls can be customized with one of more than twenty unique frosting flavors and a seemingly endless variety of fresh and decadent toppings.

Their high-quality ingredients are 100% plant based, dairy-free, lactose-free, egg-free, and cholesterol-free, and 100% delicious. Cinnaholic also offers a wide variety of catering items including cinnacakes (cakes made from their cinnamon rolls), baby buns, cookie cakes, edible cookie dough, cookies, brownies, and also breads.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Mo Macel

Mo is a pun-loving Pittsburgher who likes to take photos and write. When not focusing on her kiddos, you'll find her pursuing happiness and working on living the American Dream via one craft beer at a time. She blogs at givegodyouryes.com and fullhipster.com.

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