First Ever Solstice Brunch at the Pittsburgh Public Market

Bull Dawgs
Scrambled Eggs & Sausage Links topped with White Sausage Gravy on a Toasted Bun from Bull Dawgs

*Disclaimer*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither the Pittsburgh Public Market nor its vendors. I just enjoy sharing my foodie adventures with other. Pictures captured with an iPhone5s, and edited with Adobe Photoshop Extended CS4 and Instagram.

When I read an announcement, saying there would be a Solstice brunch at the Pittsburgh Public Market, I knew I had to attend. All this food, from so many Pittsburgh Public Market vendors, for $25? You can’t get a much better deal for brunch! Plus, it has been MONTHS since I had visited the Pittsburgh Public Market. I was excited to see the new Market Kitchen and the new vendors (such as Second Breakfast and Red Star Kombucha). Also, a few of my fellow blogger friends where in attendance: Tasha from The Food Tasters, and Mike Pellas & Jessica Fink from Downtown Pittsburgh Living.

The brunch dish listed above is from a new vendor called Bull Dawgs. They offered a scrambled eggs and sausage link combination, topped with white sausage gravy in a toasted bun. This was INCREDIBLE; one of the best dishes at the brunch! I would like to visit Bull Dawgs again sometime soon.

Wheat Berry Maple Pudding
Wheat Berry Maple Pudding from Clarion River Organics

Another dish from the Solstice Brunch: Wheat Berry Maple Pudding from Clarion River Organics. My Mom said this tasted very similar to oatmeal. I’ll be honest- I only like oatmeal in cookie form. 🙂 I’m just not a fan of lumpy oatmeal. I didn’t care for this dish, but I have been to the Clarion Organics stand many times, and they have great products. They produce the best onions EVER and my family and I LOVE their sour kraut!

Brunch dishes from the Pittsburgh Public Market
Brunch dishes from Second Breakfast, Ohio City Pasta, Eliza’s Baked Oven and Red Star Kombucha

Here we go- the main event! I’ll go counter-clockwise: Whiskey Creme scone from Eliza’s Baked Oven, Pierogi Egg Benedict from Ohio City Pasta, Mulberry Toasted Oaked Green Tea from Red Star Kombucha, Organic Liege Waffle with Blackberry Cinnamon Compote and House-Cured Maple Smoked Duck Bacon (with locally raised duck from Clarion Farms).

Once again, I usually love everything from Eliza’s Baked oven, but the I did not taste neither whiskey nor creme in the Whiskey Creme scone. A lot of people were raving about the other scone option (Cheddar Ale scone); I wish I would’ve chosen that option.

The highlight of the Pierogi Egg Benedict was the Sweet Potato Pierogi. Seriously, Ohio City Pasta could’ve just given me the pierogi and that would’ve been perfect. The other ingredients: poached egg, chipotle hollandaise, and avocado on an English muffin.

The organic liege waffle with the blackberry compote from Second Breakfast was VERY good, but I think I enjoyed the duck bacon the best! I’m going to have to add that to my list of new favorite foods- duck bacon!

Also, I LOVED the Mulberry Toasted Oaked Green Tea from Red Star Kombucha! The tea had a zing to it that you normally don’t receive from tea. I’m so excited to visit Red Star Kombucha at the Pittsburgh Public Market sometime soon!

I forgot to photograph one of my favorite parts of the brunch: banana nut ice cream from Home Grown Organics with chocolate and coconut sauce from Olive or Tap. Oh my GOODNESS! This ice cream was incredible! I wasn’t sure if I would like banana nut ice cream, but Home Grown Organics won me over! I think having the sauces from Olive or Tap really helped, too.

Well folks, there you have it! I hope the Pittsburgh Public Market hosts more brunches soon!

Three Cheers to good food, fabulous art and cultural events,

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

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