Breakfast lovers can have it both ways, fast and light for those on the go, or eggs and pancakes with all the fixings. Coffee is king in Pittsburgh (we have one of the nation's highest per-capita consumption rates), and coffee lovers can choose the right bean from a number of specialty shops. Nicholas Coffee Co. has been roasting and selling gourmet coffee beans in Pittsburgh since 1919, as is proudly proclaimed on their downtown landmark store in Market Square. La Prima Espresso, also located downtown as well as in the Strip District and Oakland, also roasts its own beans. Pittsburgh also boasts many outstanding neighborhood coffeehouses throughout the city, including the Beehive on the South Side, The Vault in Brighton Heights, Enrico's Tazza d'Oro in Highland Park, Affogato in Bellevue and Aldo Coffee in Mt. Lebanon. With that cup of coffee add a fresh, hot bagel from one of the city's many Breugger's Bagels.
The hungry man or woman will find everything from buckwheat pancakes to omelettes to homemade sausage at DeLucas or Jo Jo's in the Strip District, Pamela's in Squirrel Hill or The Original Pancake House in the North Hills. The family favorites are local chains, Kings Restaurants and Eat N' Park (where in the old days you could literally park and eat in the car). Both offer average breakfast fare at inexpensive prices. New to the Pittsburgh scene, but extremely popular nation-wide is Cracker Barrel, which adds good Southern food like grits, ham and biscuits to the traditional breakfast fare. Sunday brunch is served up by many Pittsburgh area restaurants, with brunch at the Grand Concourse in Station Square a special favorite of both locals and visitors.
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