Brunch in Pittsburgh – Memorial Day Weekend Edition

29 May

So this past weekend, my good friend and eating buddy Jen and I went out to breakfast to a new place.  I love Pamela’s and De Luca’s for breakfast.  And if you are going to get me out of bed early on a Saturday or Sunday to go out to eat, you most likely will find me at one of those two places.  Pamela’s pancakes are my absolute favorites and De Luca’s standard eggs, sausage and toast breakfast is great.  Plus, I get to go walk around the strip after hitting up either of these places, which is something I love to do.  If you don’t know Pittsburgh, the Strip on a Saturday morning is the place to be.  There are vendors up and down Penn Ave and tons of people milling about.  I just love it.

But, this time Jen and I decided to try a new place that we had both heard about, Coca Cafe in the Lawrenceville neighborhood.  Our food was fantastic.  I seriously debated what to get, there were about 4 things I really wanted to try.  One of the starters listed was so tempting, grilled banana bread with honey walnut spread.  That sounded so good, and if I hadn’t ordered french toast for my meal, we would have ordered it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to eat some bread before I ate my bread if you know what I mean.

I got challah french toast with brie and fig jam.  Oh. My. God.  It was so good.  The challah bread was sliced thick and the brie and fig jam was both stuffed in between two slices of the bread and smothered on top.  The fig jam was not overly sweet and really complicated the brie.  The french toast itself was done perfectly, the outside was just a little crispy and the inside was soft and chewy.


Jen got an avocado omelet.  Luckily, I have a friend who likes to share so I got to try this as well.  It was fantastic, the eggs were light and fluffy and the omelet was cooked perfectly.  The avocado, jalapeno muenster and bacon filling was fantastic and it had a fresh salsa on top that went perfectly with the flavors in the omelet.


Overall, I’ll give this breakfast an 8 out of 10.  The restaurant was super cute and street parking there on a weekend was pretty easy.  When we got there, 5 minutes before they opened, there were easily 15-20 people ahead of us!  So if you are going to go, get there early or be prepared to wait.  We were seated immediately and the service was pretty good.  I will definitely go back here, it would be well worth the wait and I really want to try more of their menu.  I believe that they make small changes to the menu regularly so they’ll keep us coming back to try more of their creations.

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2 Responses to “Brunch in Pittsburgh – Memorial Day Weekend Edition”

  1. Michelle May 29, 2013 at 1:52 am #

    I want to go to brunch with you!! That French toast looks amazing.

  2. crazyrunninglegs May 29, 2013 at 1:54 am #

    I want to go to brunch with you! The French toast look amazing. I could go for some of that right now 🙂

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