Earlier this month, I got together for brunch in Pittsburgh with the girls from my Chinese dance group in high school! There were five of us in the same graduation year, so we all promised to stay in touch through college after we parted ways. Here’s a picture from our dance showcase during our senior year of high school (from left to right: Maple, Rachel D., Rachel S., Me, Emily). As you can see, I was definitely the least graceful person out of the five of us, and I was usually the one flailing around in the back while everyone else knew what was going on.
Anyways, we decided to have our brunch date at Square Cafe in Regent Square (all of the signs at the front entrance are suspiciously circles). It’s crazy popular and busy on the weekends, but we avoided a wait by getting there at 9am.
I got the Monte Cristo Benedict, which came with challah French toast, swiss cheese, Bavarian ham, and turkey breast, topped with two eggs over easy. The sweet, fluffy French toast was a great base for the savory ham, egg, and turkey toppings, and the swiss cheese added the perfect twist.
Emily got the Veggie Hash, which she described as “comfort breakfast at its best!” The dish consisted of butternut squash, carrots, leeks, parsnips, rutabaga, fingerlings, and mushrooms, topped with an egg over easy.
Rachel S. got the Corned Beef Hash, which came with corned beef, sauteed with shallots, mushrooms, and fingerlings, and topped with an egg over easy.
Maple got the Latke Lox Benedict, which included a potato pancake with smoked salmon, tomatoes, onions, and capers, in addition to the poached egg and Hollandaise sauce.
Rachel D. opted for pancakes with a side of home fries!
Overall, Square Cafe lived up to its hype. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a new favorite brunch place in Pittsburgh!