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Any good options for brunch in Pittsburgh or the Pittsburgh area on a Sunday? I will have a car and willing to travel for good food. I did some research and it looks like the best places are Deluca's, Pamela's, and Point Brugge Cafe. All price ranges are welcome and all types of food are welcome.

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Point Brugge Cafe
401 Hastings St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Deluca's Restaurant
2015 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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  1. Cafe Raymond in the strip - Casual - fresh ingredients, best pastries, to die for omletes and pancakes. Skip Deluca's and Pamela's.
    Eleven - Casual, a bit more upscale, nice brunch menu

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    Cafe Raymond
    2103 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    Deluca's Restaurant
    2015 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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    1. re: six dower

      I agree with Six.. Delucas and Pamela's are more Pittsburgh traditions then outstanding food. Cafe Raymond is a cool choice, especially if you are from out of town to experience the strip district .. Kaya also has a brunch in the strip, wich is not too shabby

      I heard some buzz about Grand Concourse's brunch, however the bulding , which is very beautiful seems to be the main draw.

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      Cafe Raymond
      2103 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

      Deluca's Restaurant
      2015 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

      Grand Concourse Restaurant
      100 W Station Square Dr Ste 1, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

      1. re: Augie6

        If you had to pick between Cafe Raymond, Point Brugge Cafe, and Eleven for brunch on a Sunday, which one would you pick?

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        Point Brugge Cafe
        401 Hastings St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

        Cafe Raymond
        2103 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

        1. re: manhong

          That a tough one... I have never been to Point Brugge... Cafe Raymond is a smaller place , nice inside but not exactly your traditional restaurant Great Food. Eleven on the other hand is more an upscale "fine dinning" place. It will not disapoint in food and atmosphere..

          If you are visting from out of town and never been to the strip on a Sunday monring , I would stick with Eleven or Cafe Raymond.. You should enjoy walking up and down the street , checking out the shops

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          Point Brugge Cafe
          401 Hastings St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

          Cafe Raymond
          2103 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

          1. re: Augie6

            Chiming in from Toronto...based on the recommendations here my friend and I had breakfast at Cafe Raymond last month and really enjoyed it. It's definitely a small, casual cafe (order at the counter), but the food was very well done. I had the blueberry 'croissant' which was more like a danish -- really flaky and buttery, not overly sweet. My friend had the scrambled egg wrap which she declared was "just like I would make at home", which was a compliment -- simple, not overly seasoned or swimming in cheese, but good.

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            Cafe Raymond
            2103 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

            1. re: tinybites

              I am happy you enjoyed it!! I also think the strip is a great representation of Pittsburgh, I wish more people visting the city made it through there.

              Toronto is a beatiful city, never been in winter... looking forward to it this year!!

    2. I always recommend Lidia's. Some love it, some don't, but I've never had a bad brunch there.

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      1. re: Rick

        Lidia's is my first choice for brunch, too. A buffet: great antipasto, salads, and a dessert table. Plus your choice of around a dozen entrees, including their pasta tasting (all you can eat of three house-made pastas). $24 includes juice or mimosa.

        Deluca's is not "good food," just a basic diner-style brunch. They have you in and out so quickly at Pamela's in the Strip, two hours later, it's hard to remember whether you ate yet today. Plus, both places use fake maple syrup.

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        Lidia's Pittsburgh
        1400 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

        1. re: Jay F

          Just want to note that on several visits, we have had to ask for the included mimosa or bloody mary! Seems like they are trying to not promote it at the table for some reason.

          1. re: Rick

            That didn't happen to me three weeks ago. Or the time before that. I remember that the waiter brought it up both times.

            1. re: Jay F

              This thread got me in the mood for Lidia's brunch and I went there this past Sunday. The server started right off with the free drinks. I have to say it was absolutely excellent this time, particularly the buffet table and a warm bread pudding they had that I've never seen them put out before, along with candied orange peel that I haven't seen before.

      2. Is Max's Allegheny Tavern still a decent place for brunch? We haven't been there in years and were considering goingbthis sunday.

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        Max's Allegheny Tavern
        537 Suismon St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

        1. Point Brugge is great. The best brunch in the city is Coca cafe in Lawrenceville but there is a long line on Sundays. The specials are wonderful!
          Square Cafe in Regent Square is also pretty good.

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          Point Brugge Cafe
          401 Hastings St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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          1. re: jggabel

            I used to love Square Cafe for Sunday brunch--ate there every week for a couple of years. I stopped going because I moved from Squirrel Hill two years ago. The last time I was there, sometime this past winter, it wasn't much better than DeLuca's. Did the owners sell the place? Did I just hit them on an off Sunday?

            1. re: Jay F

              No, its bad. Not sure what happened...

              1. re: six dower

                I just sent the owner an e-mail, asking what happened between 2009 and 2011. It was SUCH a good place from 2006-2009.

          2. If your willing to travel Waffles, INCaffeinated in New Brighton, PA is quite unique. Great food and good prices, its a small place and it fills up quick. Its a breakfast and lunch restaurant so not exactly a brunch style buffet. I always call and make a reservation haven't had much of a problem. We also have a place up here on the beaver rive called Kelly's they have a Sunday brunch thats really good served on their "beach patio" palm trees and all.

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            1. re: JessyW

              Waffles Inc is really good. Given the timing I'm sure it's too late for the OP, but since you brought it up, for anyone else, yes, go there. BUT. Go at 8:00 or make a reservation esp for Sunday. They take reservations, for 2 ppl you can probably call on Fridays and still get one.

            2. I like to suggest Casbah for brunch and often take visitors there. Two courses plus a drink for about $24. Their "Sea scallop fry" brunch entree is one of my favorite dishes in the city--some of the ingredients vary seasonally and it's always deliciously decadent. They're frequently booked for brunch, so if you don't make reservations you can sit and eat at the lovely bar.

              http://www.bigburrito.com/casbah/

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              Casbah
              229 South Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

              1. We had brunch at Paris66 on Sunday morning and really enjoyed it. The crepes were excellent. Accompanied by a choice of croissant or palmier (I had the latter) and some excellent eggs provencale. And had to have a Leffe as well, to accompany my cafe au lait!

                Service was great. Nice ambiance. I would recommend Paris66 for breakfast or brunch.

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                1. re: Whigsboy

                  I like Paris 66 a lot. I should go there more. I live nearby.

                  1. re: Jay F

                    Ever been for dinner? Would like to give it a try.

                    1. re: Whigsboy

                      No, lunch only.

                  2. re: Whigsboy

                    I love Paris66 for lunch, dinner, or just because.

                  3. I know this is an old thread, presumably started by someone just visiting, but for more local people, I want to mention that next sunday, Oct. 30, is your last chance for the Sunday brunch at Aldo Coffee. They're shutting the brunch down. The brunches have been foods from areas where the coffee is grown. Next Sunday is Columbian, I believe. I usually just order something I never heard of and it's good.

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                    1. re: yayadave

                      Just to clarify on Dave's words... since I *ahem* know the owner well, it's not that they're shutting the brunch down, it's that they've sold the store, effective 10/31. The new owners are likely to keep a brunch, but no idea if they'll keep the "origin" theme or do a more traditional brunch. Also, there will be no interruption of business. It's simply opening on 11/1 as something else.

                      So far for the Sunday Colombian theme it's tejadas de plantanors and arepas, working towards some sort of surreal bandejas piasas,

                      At any rate, Rich is happy as he'll be moving to a state with much better Mexican and Chinese food, not to mention pizza and bagels :-)