Brunch with Foodie Friends at Sonoma Grille


My friend Robert’s first course: Breakfast Naan! This contained Naan bread, egg and arugula. The Breakfast Naan tasted a lot like a flatbread pizza; it was very good!

*NOTE*: Sonoma Grille did not ask me to write this review. I am just a friendly Pittsburgh Foodie & Yogini, who enjoys sharing her food and yoga adventures with others! Pictures captured on an iPhone 5s, and were edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Instagram.

Back in March, my friends Robert (Owner of Downtown Concierge Services. Also, he is the General Manager/Inn Keeper of the Allegheny Inn on Pittsburgh’s History North Side) and Tasha (Owner/ Lead Blogger of The Food Tasters. She is also the owner of Eat Local Shop Small PGH. Tasha is part of the YaJaoff! Podcast.) met up with me for brunch at Sonoma Grille in downtown Pittsburgh‘s Cultural District.

Sonoma Grille only does brunch on Sundays, and has a Prixe Fixe two-course option for $19; this Prixe-Fixe option includes a starter and a main course. When we dined at Sonoma Grille in March, the Prixe-Fixe option also included a beverage (either a Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Coffee or Fresh-Squeezed Juice) for $26.

Pictured above was Robert’s first course: Breakfast Naan!


Robert’s second course was a Chicken & Waffle dish! I passed on trying the chicken, but both the waffle and chipotle sauce were FANTASTIC!


Tasha’s first course was a Pumpkin Crepe with pumpkin cream cheese. Soooooo good! This dish was sweet (but not overly sweet) and savory at the same time. The perfect first course dish!


Tasha’s main course was this HANDSOME brunch burger with fries! This burger also came with pancetta and aged cheddar. Look at that fried egg- love at first sight! I tried a few bites of this burger and it was pretty damn tasty!

I purposely wanted to build up the anticipation for my dishes at this brunch experience. 😉


Here’s my starter course: Petite Avocado and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Tian (tian means tower). Besides the obvious avocado and crab cake ingredients, this dish also included red onion, cucumber, sesame crouton, chili oil and pita bread. This was REALLY good! I was also proud of myself for choosing a healthy brunch option!


My Main course: braised greens with a poached egg!  I also chose to add grilled tofu for an extra $2. The poached egg was HEAVENLY and the grilled tofu was grilled to perfection. Ironically enough, the only part of this dish I didn’t like was the braised greens. The Greens were wet yet dry, and tasteless. I’m still proud of myself for (once again) choosing another healthy option for brunch!

As you can tell, I am still continuing my New Year’s goal of making more mindful food choices. Most days, I can say “so far, so good”! ❤

I definitely wish to return to Sonoma Grille soon, as they are preparing to unveil renovations and a new menu! Please click here to read about Sonoma Grille’s upcoming Grand Re-Opening Festivities from April 21st- 23rd!

Well there you have it, folks!


Stay tuned for my next review, which will include dinner at the Smallman Galley in the Strip District!


Cheers to Food & Fitness,


-Friendly Fitness Foodie


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Brunch at Sonoma Grille & Chris Botti Concert


*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither Sonoma Grille nor Chris Botti nor his band. I am just a Pittsburgh Foodie, who enjoys sharing her culinary and cultural adventures!

Two Sundays ago, I brunched at Sonoma Grille in downtown Pittsburgh and attended the Chris Botti concert at Heinz Hall. I haven’t been to Sonoma Grille in over a year. Thus, I was VERY excited to brunch at Sonoma Grille.

Bloody Mary
Another shot of my lovely Bloody Mary

Here’s another shot of my DELICIOUS brunch Bloody Mary! The tomato and pepper flavors were prevalent; I could not taste the vodka (which could be a good thing, or dangerous if you order more than one lol).

Bloody Mary
Work- cover girl!

This drink looks so beautiful- I had to snap more than one shot!

Sonoma Salad
Sonoma Salad from Sonoma Grille

My starter: this SCRUMPTIOUS Sonoma Salad! Point Reyes bleu cheese, crisp bacon, julienne pear, tomato and vinaigrette. So tasty & healthy!

Market Fish from Sonoma Grille
Market Fish

My main course- Market Fish: Grilled (or Bake) Salmon, salmon crepes, kale and red cabbage. I LOVED the savory salmon crepe (tasted like there was bleu cheese in there, too. So good! Also, green onions) and the kale! The grilled or baked salmon was okay and I have never have been a big red cabbage fan (but my Mom loved it!).

Market Fish
Wide shot of the Market Fish

Another shot of the market fish! Such a beautiful (and healthy) dish!

Dark Chocolate Creme Brûlée
Dark Chocolate Creme Brûlée- oh yeah, baby!

And now, the pièce de résistance: Dark Chocolate Creme Brûlée! 99% dark chocolate, toffee, chocolate malt ice cream. OMG- THE best creme brûlée I’ve EVER had! I was in chocolate heaven! Plus, the chocolate malt ice cream paired perfectly with the creme brûlée! I was not a big fan of the toffee brittle, but my Mom loved it! This was the highlight of brunch!

Word to the wise: if Chris Botti and his band come to your city, go and see them! Chris Botti and his band were INCREDIBLE! They covered every genre of music: from classical to pop to contemporary. I really appreciated that he featured each of his band mates (each one had a solo in the concert) and I loved his banter in between songs. I am so glad I had the opportunity to attend his concert at Heinz Hall! Also, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is always WONDERFUL! They performed along with Chris Botti & his band.

Three cheers to good food, fabulous art & cultural events,

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

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