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More bodies than anytime are spending their assignment canicule at home during the covid-19 pandemic. Whether it’s a adventure for abundance food, a chase for accessibility or the abandon of a added adjustable schedule, weekend breakfast spots are now any-day breakfast spots.

Here is a account of bristles breakfast-offering, adjacency restaurants (and must-try card items) to accumulate you, and your dollars, abutting to home.

Brother Tom’s Bakery, Restaurant and Deli, Sharpsburg

Must try: Polish Farmer’s Breakfast

When early-morning ache affliction are accompanied by a animalism for nostalgia, accede Brother Tom’s on Main Artery in Sharpsburg.

A acknowledgment holds pierogies in a few flavors. Sliding-door cocked coolers accommodate added varieties of soup in to-go containers than one can calculation at a glance. A baby array of cafeteria meats and cheeses cap one end of the checkout adverse while the butt is a ablaze case abounding with alpha breads and pastries.

Each pastry, loaf of bread, pierogi, soup and dine-in card account has been crafted by Brother Tom Hartman, who gets his appellation from the Ukrainian Catholic adjustment of the Brother Servants of the Holy Spirit. Raised by a ancestors abounding of home cooks and a few able bakers, Brother Tom makes abounding of the items with his own easily or with the abetment of his few trusted employees, some of whom are family.

“Homemade” often, and understandably, comes with a ample price, but not here.

Weighty bake-apple turnovers, ample abundant to ample both hands, for $2.50. The Breakfast Platter — two eggs, home chips and broiled bootleg aliment — for $6. A gooey, acceptable credibility aboveboard (to booty home for “later”) priced at $1.25.

One of the best approved breakfast items is additionally the best quintessentially Pittsburgh. The Polish Farmer’s Breakfast — $10.25 — contains 2 eggs, 3 potato and cheese pierogi in adulate and onions, broiled kielbasa and broiled bootleg bread.

The rounded-off prices aren’t aloof a coin-reserving, covid adaptation: They’re consistently that way, and they’re consistently posted.

“Too abounding times you go into a bakery, and it abandoned tells you what it is but not the amount and sometimes you’re addled by the cost,” said Brother Tom. “If you abandoned acquire $10 in your pocket, you can attending at my case and apperceive what you can absorb it on.”

808 Main St., Sharpsburg, 15215

Gab & Eat Restaurant, Scott Township

Must try: Alloyed Grill

If there was a account to ascertain the best archetypal breakfast spots, Gab & Eat would beat every box.

It’s accessible afore sun-up to serve the blue-collar crowd. An accidentally awakening countertop faces the griddle, agreement the act of affable on abounding display. A accumulating of bonanza stickers adorns the ambit hood. Pitt and Penn State placards adorn the walls. And, an impossible-to-miss Steelers banderole is draped over the kitchen’s entryway.

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The breakfast card offers unpretentious, affable and wallet-pleasing meals. Abounding of the offerings mix allegiant breakfast apparatus in about every aggregate one could imagine, including their better crowd-pleaser, the Alloyed Grill.

“I anticipate we’re one of the aboriginal places to acquire it, admitting I can’t absolutely affirmation that because anybody and their mother has it now,” said part-owner Karie Goedert.

Green peppers, onion, sausage and home chips broil calm on the flat-top barbecue while eggs are adapted abandoned in a skillet. Back the sausage is cooked, the vegetables are breakable and the eggs are cautiously scrambled, the capacity are bankrupt calm in a aberrant allocation and served with griddle-toasted BreadWorks bread.

The adjacency booth has been in business for 34 years, admitting it was purchased by Goedert’s backward husband, Joe, and accepted co-owner, Sue Smith, 21 years ago. Back Joe anesthetized abroad aback in 2005, Karie larboard her job managing a dental appointment and best up a spatula. She loves aggregate about it now, but you’ll never bolt a Alloyed Barbecue on her plate.

“It’s affectionate of funny because I don’t eat all my aliment alloyed together. I’ve never eaten one.”

1073 Washington Ave., Scott, 15106

California Coffee Bar, Brighton Heights

Must try: Green Machine smoothie

Breakfast aliment cravings are alike with anointed beanery adumbration for abounding but absolutely not for all. That’s why Sarah Mendak, buyer of Brighton Heights’ California Coffee Bar, includes a account of fresh, whole-food smoothies and abstract attempt options on the card of her California Avenue cafe.

“We try to acquire a convalescent focus because that’s what we abandoned demand,” said Mendak. “I would delay in antic curve activity to a coffee boutique that has these kinds of offerings. So, these are things bodies want.”

Protein powder, almond milk, cinnamon, flax, oats, assistant and appearance accomplish up the hunger-busting, 16-ounce Green Machine smoothie. Other offerings accommodate alpha berries, attic and alike Red Bull activity drink.

Mendak and her partner, Susie Lobdell, additionally own Flower Pots Nursery, a agriculture architecture company. The physically cutting assignment of agriculture has larboard Lobdell with a few aches and pains, which aggressive the abstract attempt menu.

Lobdell swears by the aggregate of amber and turmeric for her purposes, which can be begin in the menu’s Aroma of Life abstract shot. Cayenne, turmeric, auto and amber accomplish up the refreshment, which promises an activity addition from the appealing flavors alone.

The cafe’s card comes in allotment from the analysis kitchen-like ambiance Mendak provides for her employees.

Despite admonition to the contrary, she insists on agriculture advisers while they’re on the clock.

“If I can’t allow to accord my advisers a sandwich, again I don’t deserve to be in business, in my opinion,” she said.

The cafe’s Western Breakfast Sandwich is a absolute aftereffect of that altruism. A aloft agent would accomplish herself that brew on repeat, until Mendak took apprehension and added it to the menu.

In addition card expansion, California Coffee Bar will anon action a weekend brunch menu. The account will add to the breakfast card already in abode and additionally accommodate some lunch-like items such as fettuccini Alfredo and craven parmesan.

“People are aching to get out. So, we anticipation that would be a cool fun way to advance the amplitude a bit added and accommodate a fun accident for the bodies in the neighborhood.”

619 California Ave., Pittsburgh, 15212

Pear and the Pickle, Troy Hill

Must try: Egg & Cheese Sandwich

The all-day breakfast card at Troy Hill’s Pear and the Pickle is simple but it draws a crowd. Show up on a Saturday morning, and there’ll be a band of bodies cat-and-mouse to aces up their orders, afterward the cafe’s takeout arrangement during the pandemic.

Seated at the bend of Rialto and Tours artery in a adjacency that offers some of the best angle in the city, Pear and the Pickle focuses on affection ingredients, abounding of which are fabricated in-house.

“The candor of the capacity is really, absolutely important to us, alike admitting the card ability attending simple,” said Alexis Tragos, who owns the enactment with chef Bobby Stockard, her husband.

Stockard becoming his stripes at Brooklyn’s Superfine. He house-cures the Lox Bagel’s apricot and makes the sausage — an alternative add-on to the Egg & Cheese Sandwich — per his own recipe.

According to Tragos, abounding in that Saturday morning band are there for the breakfast sandwiches, added accurately alleged Egg & Cheese Sandwiches.

In New York, “you could acquisition them on about any artery corner,” said Tragos, who lived there for six years, alive at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Not award the baguette-style breakfast sandwiches in Pittsburgh, she’s bushing the void.

The bootleg affair extends to the alcohol card as well. A celebrity on any abatement menu, the Attic Aroma Latte is fabricated from blemish from attic puree, simple syrup, a accordance aroma alloy and plant-based milk.

What isn’t fabricated centralized is fabricated alpha and locally.

The bacon comes from Rollin’ BBQ, which additionally aliment Baby Loves Tacos (Millvale and Bloomfield). Mancini’s egg absolutist rolls are acclimated on all of the sandwiches.

The couple’s adherence to affection capacity is akin by a charge to their community.

They apperceive its amount firsthand. Tragos grew up in her grandfather’s alone accepted abundance in Derry, Westmoreland County. The Brooklyn restaurant area Stockard formed was acclaimed for architecture abysmal links to its neighborhood, with black potlucks, an art arcade and alive music.

Since aperture Pear and the Pickle in 2016, the brace has called to alive a stone’s bandy from their cafe, carefully authoritative accompany and acquaintances out of customers.

“People from all over Pittsburgh drive in to get our breakfast sandwiches,” said Tragos. “But we absolutely capital to accomplish abiding it was a atom that our neighbors acquainted adequate advancing to, no amount what.”

1800 Rialto St., Pittsburgh, 15212

Arancini House, Mt. Lebanon

Must try: Brooklyn Bagel

Fans of New York-style bagels usually don’t acquire annihilation less. Afore abandoning hope, they should pay a appointment to Mt. Lebanon’s Arancini House, area bagels alien from Brooklyn are on the menu.

Joe Reale and his father-in-law, Manny Lacommare, opened Arancini House six years ago. They congenital on Reale’s business and restaurant industry ability and Lacommare’s Sicilian ancestors recipes and bagel-industry experience.

Lacommare, a New York Burghal native, opened an East Liberty pizza boutique in the 1990s aloof afterwards affective from his home city. Not the advancing adjacency East Liberty is today, the boutique bootless in a year. He put his New Yorker bagel aficionado to assignment at Bruegger’s Bagels for the abutting 19 years alive as the bartering manager.

When Bruegger’s reworked their business model, Lacommare was out of a job. Reale had consistently hoped to accessible a restaurant while he formed his way through restaurant jobs in academy and retail authoritative jobs at Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Reale additionally faced a layoff, which brought the two calm to actualize the Sicilian artery aliment (and breakfast) atom in 2014.

“It was a assurance from aloft that I’m not declared to assignment for anyone else,” said Reale. “Every time I anticipation I was affective up the ladder and accomplishing absolutely well, there was a blow or they bankrupt the abundance entirely.”

Arancini — Sicilian absurd rice assurance — are still what draw best barter to the baby boutique amid on the basement akin of a Washington Road appointment building. But, the Brooklyn-made bagels — and breakfast sandwiches fabricated with them — are abandoned alpha to absolutely bolt on, admitting accepting been on the card for the accomplished three years.

A contempo amusing media column to a adjacency folio has afflicted the appearance of Reale and Lacommare’s breakfast business.

“The Saturday afterwards that post, there were three bodies cat-and-mouse alfresco back we opened, and the one adult said, ‘I achievement you’re accessible for this,’ ” said Reale, abandoning the moment he abstruse of his newfound amusing media popularity.

While Reale tends to adjustment 75 bagels per week, a additional adjustment was all-important aloof afterwards the post, and he anticipates that will continue.

“It’s aloof so funny that these bagels bridged the gap,” said Reale. “If you don’t apperceive what arancini are, that’s OK, but anybody loves bagels.”

615 Washington Rd., Pittsburgh, 15228

Abby Mackey is a Tribune-Review accidental writer. You can acquaintance Abby at [email protected] or via Twitter.

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