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Early in my freelance career, I had to come to terms with the fact that few spots in Pittsburgh serve brunch (or even breakfast) during the week.
Yes, of course I understand why that business model makes sense. But the issue with weekend brunch is that everyone else wants to go to brunch over the weekend too. I'm just trying to find a place to curl up with a cocktail, some pancakes, and my laptop. I don't want to deal with other people, or have to wait for a table.
I'd all but given up on my dream of brunching on a Wednesday when or, The Whale opened downtown. They changed Pittsburgh's weekday brunch scene, and I won't forget it.
And now we have more exciting news! A few months later, another weekday brunch spot has opened in Oakmont.... and lemme just say this: if you go to The Lot at Edgewater at 11:00 a.m. on a random Tuesday, you have the option to order from 8 types of boozy coffee.
Do you also hear those angels singing?
The restaurant aptly calls itself a "new-age diner," which melds with their simple and refined decor, as well as the fact they serve breakfast until 2:00 p.m.
While the bar menu is stacked with various cocktails, wines, and beer, the food menu is no slouch either.
I opted for the Classic Breakfast Sandwich. The English muffin was homemade and the egg was perfectly (and I mean perfectly) cooked. Other standouts include their "Thin Crispy Pancakes," which rival Pamela's (yeah, I said it).
On the breakfast menu, be sure to lookout for the Short Rib Hash and Ricotta Toast. From the lunch section on the menu (remember, this is an upscale diner, and they serve both breakfast and lunch) standouts include the Smoked Pork Belly sandwich with pimento cheese.
After an afternoon pause, The Lot reopens in the evening as a steakhouse with a separate, upstairs cigar lounge. I'm certainly more of a breakfast person, but I can't deny that is cool. Frequent visitors of the cigar lounge can purchase a locker to store their cigars in in the lounge.