Breakfast at Square Cafe in Regent Square

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 This past Monday, my Mom and I had brunch at the lovely Square Cafe in the Regent Square neighborhood of Pittsburgh. I discovered this restaurant thanks to Rick Sebak and WQED‘s “25 Things I Love About Pittsburgh” special. This restaurant was included as one of the 25 things that Rick Sebak loves.

My Mom and I both dined there for breakfast once last year, and we decided it was time for our return visit.

Last time, I ordered Square Cafe’s seasonal lemon ricotta pancakes (which were absolutely FABULOUS)! This time, I decided to order some other dishes from the menu:

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My first plate was the “Square Cafe Protein Breakfast” (which is also gluten-free, for those health-conscious diners), which included: scrambled eggs and turkey sausage. I must admit- usually, I am a HUGE fan of scrambled eggs. These eggs were good, but (sadly, I must admit) I had better (MUCH better). The turkey sausage was all right, but it tasted a bit burnt.

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Now, the coffee is ALWAYS wonderful! I ordered the endless coffee (yet again). In my opinion, part of the coffee’s lovely taste is due to the ceramic mugs. Someday, I will have to buy one of these mugs (I love the unique shape and coloring)!

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Last (but certainly, not least) the piece-de-resistance: one pumpkin walnut waffle pancake (another seasonal pancake). As a lover of anything pumpkin, I can assure you- this pancake was HEAVENLY! Everything from the texture, to the presentation and the taste was PERFECT! In my opinion, Square Cafe really serves up a good pancake! I wish I had ordered a plate of these pancakes (lol).

Another aspect of Square Cafe that I love is its ambiance. I LOVE all of the bright colors Square Cafe uses in its advertising and decor. Just by observing fellow customers, you can tell this place is a neighborhood gem. I noticed all sorts of customers: from a family, to college students re-uniting over spring break, to “ladies who lunch” meeting up at their favorite local place. All of the wait staff is EXTREMELY friendly and knowledgeable of the food (and these two elements always speak wonders about the restaurant).

I will warn you that Square Cafe is a little bit pricey (especially if you are on a budget). Thank GOD I had a Groupon (that saved us $20). On the other hand, I think one could dine at Square Cafe on a budget- just don’t go crazy with the side orders.

Well, there you have it, folks! In my opinion, Square Cafe is worth trying at least once (and more)! I’ve heard that Saturday and Sundays are particularly busy (there’s usually a line out the door). As far as I know, I don’t think Square Cafe accepts reservations. Thus, if you have a day off from work, I would HIGHLY recommend going for either breakfast or lunch at square cafe.

 

Happy Dining,

 

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

 

Square Cafe’s website: http://square-cafe.com/

Square Cafe’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SquareCafe

Square Cafe’s Twitter page: https://twitter.com/TheSquareCafe

 

 

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Quick Post: Third Visit to Grit & Grace in Downtown Pittsburgh!

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Well folks, I think it’s safe to say that one of my new FAVORITE dinner spots in Downtown Pittsburgh is Grit & Grace. I’m not going to describe the restaurant TOO much (since I already have in the following two posts: http://healthkicklady.net/2014/01/20/pittsburgh-restaurant-week-winter-2014-dinner-1-3/ and http://healthkicklady.net/2014/02/16/valentines-day-dinner-in-downtown-pittsburgh/). If you haven’t read these two posts yet, I HIGHLY recommend that you do. 🙂

Recently, I read an review in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette of Grit & Grace; the article stated that Grit & Grace was bringing a taste of San Francisco to Pittsburgh. I never really thought of this before, which surprised me (given my trip to San Francisco in June 2013). Now that I have time to reflect on this observation, I’m beginning to understand. 

Grit & Grace’s unique selling point is their dim sum! Anyone who has ever watched Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations already has an image of dim sum in their head (trust me- I did, too). This image includes little dumplings filled with wonderful food, being served in bamboo baskets that are carried to each table by the waiter or waitress. Grit & Grace has taken the definition of dim sum (“small bite”) literally and has given dim sum an American twist.

First case in point- see image above this post, which is country pate dim sum. What a fascinating spin on country pate (which I think of as being very French)! Although the presentation was impeccable, this particular dim sum was good, but not great (I hate to say it). Never fear, dear readers! More dim sum is on the way! 

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Of course, I had to order my FAVORITE Grit & Grace dim sum: pork belly! Thanks to Anthony Bourdain, I was fearless when I tasted this dim sum the first time I dined at Grit & Grace. I must say: this is THE BEST dim sum that Grit & Grace serves! It tastes like you’re eating fatty bacon. Sooooo good! Absolutely HEAVENLY! 😀 

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Next: crispy brussels sprout dim sum! My Mom order this dim sum first, and I (of course) had to have a taste. I was hooked from the start! Usually, I’m not a fan of brussels sprout, but I LOVED the way that Grit & Grace prepared this dim sum! If brussels sprout were alway cooked like this, I could eat them ALL DAY!

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Lastly: round two of the pork belly (I couldn’t resist)! 😉 

During this visit, I tried two of the three homemade condiments that Grit & Grace offers at each table. The first one I tried had tomato and chili in it- this paired really well with the brussels sprout dim sum. Then, I sampled the onion & fennel condiment; this one paired nicely with both the brussels sprouts and the dim sum.

So, there you have it, folks! My advice to you: if you live in Pittsburgh, and you haven’t dined at Grit & Grace yet, what’s your excuse? Visitors: when you arrive in Pittsburgh, you MUST dine at Grit & Grace! Reservations can easily be made either by phone or by using OpenTable.

 

Happy dining,

 

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

 

Grit & Grace’s website: http://gritandgracepgh.com/

Grit & Grace’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grit-Grace/150557605154918

Grit & Grace’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gritpgh