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Hungry in Pittsburgh

Brunch is best in the Burgh Look at any list of first rate cities to visit in the United States in 2017, and you’ll find Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ranked near the top. While it hasn’t quite reached the notoriety of New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, you’d never know it if you’re looking for the perfect spot to enjoy that time-honored tradition of weekend brunch. From the boozy to the vegan and beyond, Pittsburgh has a brunch option for everyone. By Joy Frank-Collins Photos: Joy Frank-Collins and courtesy of respective venues

Pittsburgh is made up of many neighbor­­hoods, each with their distinctive persona­ lity. Locals flock to the Strip District on weekends to visit its eclectic shops and inventive restaurants and bars.

Pittsburgh is undergoing a trans­­ formation. Once heralded as a hub of metals manufacturing, earning the nickname “The Steel City,” it experienced leaner years as that industry went into decline. AN EVOLVING FOOD CULTURE Like the city’s resilient residents, called Pittsburghers, Pittsburgh has reinvented itself as a center for research, technology and healthcare. One important benefit of that transition was an expansion of the food culture in the city. “For a long time it was hard to find a good lunch here, let alone a good brunch,” says Hal B. Klein, associate editor and food critic for Pittsburgh Magazine. “But now, you’re seeing so many great restaurants open for lunch and brunch, too. And those restaurants that had brunch are starting to hone in and care more about what they are doing.” And it shows. THE STRIP DISTRICT

“For a long time it was hard to find a good lunch here, let alone a good brunch,” says Hal B. Klein, associate editor and food critic for Pittsburgh Magazine. “But now, you’re seeing so many great restaurants open for lunch and brunch, too.”

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WOW Power to the people

Pittsburgh is made up of many neighbor­­ hoods, each with their distinctive persona­ lity. Locals flock to the Strip District on weekends to visit its eclectic shops and inventive restaurants and bars. For over five years, Bar Marco has been serving an Italian-inspired brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from a restored 1860 firehouse. “It’s a huge deal here in Pitts­­burgh,” Sommelier Dominic Fiore says. “Restaurants now are almost expected to have an awesome brunch. It keeps the bar high.” Bar Marco’s brunch menu is small by some standards, featuring no more than 15 dishes. “and that’s by design,” says Chef Justin Steel, “because there is so much attention paid to each dish. There really is no weak spot on the menu,” he adds. While the menu varies according to produce in season, they typically feature a Benedict dish, like prosciutto on a homemade biscuit with a baked egg and hollandaise sauce. In keeping with the Italian theme, they regularly feature a

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