My First two Brunches at Or, The Whale PGH


The main course from my first visit to Or, The Whale PGH: Herbed Baked Eggs! These were soooooo good! 😀

*NOTE*: Or, The Whale PGH did not ask me to write this post. I am just a Mindful PGH Foodie and Yoga Enthusiast, who enjoys sharing mindfulness with others. Photos captured on an iPhone 7s. Edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended and Instagram. 

I have wanted to visit Or, The Whale PGH ever since it opened. I have been paying attention to Chef Dennis Marron ever since he was recruited to help open and run The Commoner and the Bier Garten at Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh. I’ve been following Chef Jessica Lewis ever since she did Carota Cafe at the Smallman Galley. Now, she is the Director of Operations at Or, The Whale PGH, and I believe she also helps with Dennis’ other restaurant (Merchant Oyster Co., located in Lawrenceville).

The first opportunity presented itself when one of my best friends from high school and I went to a matinee performance of The Nutcracker back in December. Of course, with little convincing, we went to Or, The Whale PGH for brunch!


Main Course from my first visit: Herb Baked Eggs. Two eggs baked in herb sauce, hearth roasted veggies, grilled whole brain bread, hearty greens. I ordered a side of the Crispy Herb Fingerlings (which came with the house-made ketchup [which was INCREDIBLE])! This dish really blew me away; hands down THE best brunch of 2017!

I enjoyed the first visit so much, I talked my Mom into going for brunch before we saw a matinee showing of WICKED in February!



First Course of the February visit: Bread with Daily Jam (and BUTTER)! So. Damn. GOOD! Some of THE best bread I’ve EVER had! The Jam was outstanding, and the butter was perfect (nice and soft).



Main Course: Quinoa Oat Granola! Greek Yogurt, Quinoa Oat Granola, hemp, flax, chia, local honey, goji and almond. The was THE perfect brunch dish! I had actually ordered the Oatmeal dish, but I had heard the staff say they were out of almond milk that day. Thus, I’m wondering if that’s why I was brought the Quinoa Oat Granola. Anywho, this was a pleasant surprise!

Both times, the service at Or, The Whale PGH was top-notch! I also love the whole vibe of the restaurant. You can tell it has a nautical theme (perhaps reminiscing back to summers in New England).

Whether you either live here or are visiting from out of town, I high recommend Or, The Whale PGH (especially for brunch)!


Next up on the blog: Return to B52!


With Gratitude,


Mindful PGH Foodie


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