Jousting for your next jolt of java? Try Big Dog Coffee in South Side. This neighborhood favorite seemingly has a tea, coffee, and breakfast bite for everyone. Located at 2717 Sarah Street, street parking is readily available for those who can’t walk or bike to the storefront.

big dog coffee menu
Image via: Katherine Lewis
big dog coffee
Image via: Katherine Lewis

Approaching the storefront, visitors are welcomed by a tall sign stretching to the top of the building. Comfortable benches are placed outside of the store, often surrounded by dogs waiting for their owners (although Big Dog coffee is dog friendly!) Once inside Big Dog Coffee, bright green walls help fill the first room with an electric feel. Wooden furniture, striped rockers, small trinkets, and lamps fill the space to create that cafe feel that is often craved. When stepping up to the counter, customers are first greeted with a selection of baked goods. Grab something savory, like a toasted everything bagel with cream cheese, or sweet, like a raspberry shortbread bar, to fill up. If you’re not interested in a baked good, Big Dog Coffee also has a customizable oatmeal and yogurt bar. Can you say delicious? 

big dog coffee oatmeal and yogurt bar
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The drink menu at Big Dog is pretty extensive. As far as coffee goes, customers can find anything from warm honey lattes to iced coffee (perfect to fight the summer heat). Flavor shots, dairy, and non-dairy milk options are available to help customers. Not looking for a cup of coffee? Choose one of the extensive tea options. Black, green, white, herbal, and oolong are available to make a tea lover’s tastebuds smile. Tea is available hot or iced. 

big dog coffee back dining room
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Adorning the walls throughout Big Dog are prints by Baron Batch, ex-Steeler player turned artist. Batch uses bright colors and bold strokes to make paintings that bring an eccentric, warm feel to any space. Moving off canvas, his murals can be found around the city of Pittsburgh – like the pink elephant on East Carson Street. If you like what you see, be sure to follow Batch on Instagram. He is known for “dropping” free artworks around the city. 

big dog coffee patio
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Looking to make the most of the summer weather? Take your order to the back patio. Garden chairs and tables are strewn throughout the space for the perfect place to read or catch up on work. Green foliage and flowers fill the space, bringing a nature like oasis to help escape the urban feel of the city.  A doggy bowl for water is nearly always full for furry friends. 

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Covid-19 Precautions: Limited indoor seating is available to comply with Alleghany County Health Department rules and restrictions. Masks must be worn until seated, if dining in-store. A one-way traffic pattern is clearly marked with signs on the floor. Social distancing reminders are placed throughout the space. 

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

A Virginia native, Katherine moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 to attend the University of Pittsburgh. After earning her B.A. in Media and Professional Communications in December 2019, Katherine began working as a Marketing Intern and Public Relations for two different Pittsburgh-based organizations. She loves to travel, read ( big Carnegie Library fan), and explore Pittsburgh during her free time! All while fueled by an unnecessary amount of caffeine, of course.

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