Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pie for Breakfast Is Finally Open in North Oakland

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pie for Breakfast Is Finally Open in North Oakland

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It's a hat trick for chef Trevett Hooper. Pie for Breakfast, his diner-like restaurant that has been in the works for more than two years, finally is opening its doors in North Oakland.

The 49-seat restaurant and bar, which sits next to Butterjoint and Legume Bistro on North Craig Street, will test the waters with breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, then switch to dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. It will officially open as an all-day cafe June 12. Hours will be from 7 a.m. to midnight daily.

Friends and family got a first-look at the eatery Friday night at a soft opening hosted by Mr. Hooper and his wife, Sarah. Along with specialty cocktails such as an Aperol Spritz, guest enjoyed a handful of snacks that will be on chef de cuisine Justin Lewis' menu, including deviled eggs dusted with paprika and sauerkraut balls served with honey mustard sauce.

Situated in a former dental office, the 1,700-square-foot space is one of this year's most anticipated new restaurants in Pittsburgh. It completes an arc started by Mr. Hooper in 2007, when he opened the fine-dining Legume in Regent Square. It moved to its current location in 2011, and the bar Butterjoint opened two years later in the space next door, with a less fussy menu that includes hand-ground burgers, homemade pierogies and bar snacks like chicken liver mousse with sour cherry and crostini.

With its cozy booths, bright-orange chairs and long, stainless bar, Pie for Breakfast is more casual still, with a focus on old-fashioned comfort food made with high-quality local ingredients. Breakfast choices include eggs with home fries, meat and greens, biscuits and gravy, corned beef tongue hash, fried cheese grits and country fried steak and gravy. Sides include salt-rising bread toast, homemade sauerkraut and "downeast-style" baked beans. For lunch and dinner, diners can choose from a range of heartier dishes such as pork chop with applesauce, stuffed cabbage, tempeh smothered in onions and lamb meatballs, all of which come with three sides. …

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