Brunch at Eden in Shadyside

French Pressed Coffee
The French Pressed Coffee at Eden = best. Coffee. EVER!

*DISCLAIMER*:  I do not seek monetary benefits from Eden; I am just a Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie, who enjoys sharing her foodie and cultural events! Photos captures on an iPhone 5s, and edited with Instagram.

Sunday, July 19th, I decided to have brunch before attending a yoga workshop at Amazing Yoga in Shadyside. I haven’t been to this restaurant in over three years; in 2012, one of my best friends from college was in town visiting. She’s a vegan, and did her research on vegan restaurants in Pittsburgh; she suggested going to Eden for a Sunday brunch, since that would be a good central meeting location, for all of her friends spread throughout the ‘burgh.

Chef and co-owner Hilary Zozula has turned Eden into a vegan, raw and 100% gluten-free restaurant- I was eager to sample the re-invention of the restaurant.

Above was the French-Pressed coffee that I ordered; a necessity, considering I had been up since 7:30am EST that day (lol). The last time I was at Eden, I remember this being THE best coffee I had ever had! The first time, the coffee was so good, it didn’t even need cream. This time around, I did add a little bit of cream, since the coffee was very strong, but it was just as good as the first time!

"Muffin of the Day" and Almond Butter from Eden
“Muffin of the Day” and Almond Butter from Eden

For the first course, I could not resist the “muffin of the day”! Especially when the waitress said it was a peach muffin- be still my beating heart! Almond butter is pictured to the left of the muffin; I must admit, the almond butter wasn’t all that great, but I really enjoyed the peach muffin of the day!

Peach Muffin
Close-up of the peach muffin: tasty!
Butterbean Burger & Garden Salad
My main course: butterbean veggie burger with a garden side salad

OMG! Seriously one of THE best veggie burgers I’ve EVER had! I chose this burger after watching the chef of A Chef’s Life on PBS create this burger at her restaurant The Boiler Room in North Carolina. The Butterbean had a meaty texture to it, which really helped me forget that I was eating a veggie burger. I requested that some goat cheese be added to the burger; that helped with the taste as well. Surprisingly enough, I REALLY enjoyed the Gluten-Free bun, too!

Butterbean Burger
Close-up of the Butterbean Burger!
Garden Salad
My garden salad was so good & simple! Good greens, tomato, cucumber and a vinaigrette dressing! That’s all you need, folks, for a good salad!

Overall, I enjoyed this brunch, but could only consumer half of the burger, and a little bit of my salad. I guess that peach muffin really filled me up that morning!

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

-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie

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