Farmer x Baker is one of Pittsburgh’s newest restaurants, and it might also be one of the smallest…if you only count the size of the kitchen, that is. Which is a former shipping container. We think you can’t find a prettier dining “room” though! With riverfront views, who needs walls?
Yes, the outdoor dining does mean that Farmer x Baker will have to close for the winter, but they’re hoping to stay open through December. Some propane heaters and maybe a few fire pits will help with that! We’ll bring the blankets, you buy the coffee 😉 And they’re hoping to open as early as March next year, which means we’ll have a new favorite place to enjoy those early, warm spring days.
Farmer x Baker is also planning some changes for next year – like some top secret talent joining their staff – which we can’t wait to find out more about! They’re also hoping to expand because a shipping container only allows for so much storage. Which means they’ve been selling out of everything during the day…which is why they aren’t open for dinner service.
Speaking of their food, it’s flavorful and fresh and we already can’t wait to go back. There are always gluten-free and vegan options, and they always have fresh baked goods (like a breakfast tart that we tried) and homemade bagels. Guys, you need to try the bagels. They’re the perfect size – big enough to be filling but not so big you feel like you need a nap. And they have a just-right chewiness to them where you notice it, but your jaw doesn’t hurt after you take a bite. (Please tell us you know what we’re talking about….)
The menu rotates weekly, and it’s written on the chalkboard doors to the kitchen. Farmer x Baker uses as many locally sourced ingredients as they can, including their meat, produce, eggs, and 90% of their cheese. All of their grains are organic, and so are most of their ingredients. Everything is non-GMO. Even their coffee is organic and locally roasted from Steel Cup. And we love the $3 bottomless coffee because let’s face it, most mornings, one cup is not enough.
The whole idea behind their menu is to showcase the ingredients. They keep things pretty simple in order to do that, and we think they’re doing a delicious job. Oh, and did we mention that Farmer x Baker is BYOB?
Another bonus of the patio dining – besides the gorgeous views of Aspinwall Riverfront Park – is that you’re able to bring your dog with you. It’s obviously kid-friendly, and there’s plenty of room for them to run around. There’s even a playground a stone’s throw down the path. Plus Aspinwall Riverfront Park offers activities like weekend kayaking, traditional yoga classes, and even yoga classes on the fishing pier. So…lunch date at Farmer x Baker this weekend??This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.