The best cure to the Sunday Scaries is to go for a boozy brunch. You can get together with your friends before the start of the week, swap stories about your Saturday nights, and get a plate of pancakes with a side of hair of the dog all at the same time.
Don’t worry about fighting the crowds at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to make the brunch of your dreams this weekend — instead, hit up one of the best places for a boozy brunch in Pittsburgh.
Meat and Potatoes
This is the OG boozy brunch in Pittsburgh. We don’t have to tell you about their IG-worthy bloody bar, savory pub burger, or indulgent French toast (but we will anyway). If it’s been a while since you’ve had brunch at Meat and Potatoes, we suggest you change that this weekend.
Some of the best cocktails in Pittsburgh meet the most drool-worthy brunch menu in Pittsburgh Sundays at Bar Marco. From a healthy-ish root hash to a totally worth-it tiramisu french toast, you won’t regret your decision to brunch at Bar Marco next time you’re in the Strip District. Even better? Gratuity is included, so no need to do math on Sunday morning.
Pork and Beans
On Sundays, Pork and Beans adds a special item to their menu for your brunching pleasure — fried chicken, in addition to their full menu. On sunny days they open their garage doors, which makes it even more perfect if you want to grab brunch and a beer before an early Pirates Sunday game.
Don’t reserve your trips to Spirit for Friday and Saturday nights. They have a killer brunch buffet on Sunday mornings from 11am to 3pm, along with a bloody bar and of course — mimosas. Oh, and did we mention there’s endless pizza involved too? Get yourself to Lawrenceville, stat.
This Point Breeze staple may not have been on your radar in a while, but that should change this weekend. They do a prix fixe brunch where you can score an entree, side dish, and a drink for just $25. They have a la carte options too, like duck confit and waffles, liege waffles, or a braised beef hash.
Round Corner Cantina
The best part of Round Corner Cantina’s brunch might be their $4 bloody mary or bloody marias, $6 mimosas, or $25 bottle of bubbly and OJ. In addition to all of your favorite brunch beverages, you can also get breakfast tacos, a brunch burrito or french toast with an ancho maple syrup.
You know how well Smoke does barbecue and tacos — so just imagine their brunch when it involves things like brisket cornbread, chicken and waffle taco, and breakfast migas. Wash it all down with a beer, cocktail, bloody, or a mimosa. Don’t forget to bring cash — no credit cards are accepted at this Butler Street joint.
Gang can’t decide what they’re in the mood for brunch? Head to Smallman Galley. Three of their incubators have Sunday brunch — Carota Cafe, Josephine’s Toast, and Aubergine Bistro. Choose what you want, order a wine, beer, or cocktail at the bar and they’ll text you when you’re food’s ready.
The Abbey on Butler
For $18, you can experience The Abbey’s brunch buffets on Sunday mornings. There’s a make your own waffle and omelet station. Drinks aren’t included, but you can order specialty coffee drinks from the coffee bar or cocktails from the regular bar.
Two words: breakfast poutine. Each month, Franktuary on Butler Street switches up their Sunday (and coming April 2017, Saturday too!) brunch menu, so you have until the last Sunday of every month to try something — or come back for your new favorite dish. You can spike their nitro cold brew, make a beermosa, or go for a classic bloody or mimosa.
The Cafe Carnegie
Make it a Sunday Funday when you brunch at Cafe Carnegie before strolling through the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Carnegie Art Museum. You can expect dishes like Banana Pancakes, Brunch Club Sandwich, and Whole Wheat Spaghetti Carbonara. Wash everything down with a wine or beer from their curated list.
Start with an order of beignets then move on to a classic eggs benedict, smoked lamb huevos rancheros, or buttermilk waffle at the always-popular Eleven. Make a reservation in advance and slide into the work week slowly with a maple smash, Eleven mule, or rosalita.
If you need an escape from the Pittsburgh weather, head to Kaya for brunch on Sunday morning. Expect a Caribbean-inspired menu with crispy fried fish tacos, shrimp and black bean omelet, or a breakfast burrito. Sit back with a bellini, bloody mary, or mimosa and thank us for the recommendation later.
We would be remiss to leave Harris Grill off any boozy brunch list. Each brunch entree comes with a drink — we say bring a group of friends so you can order a bunch of entrees and try a little bit of everything. Pro tip: Harris Grill is on NoWait, so save your place in line before you even leave the house.