Sundays on the Southside

I know I said would write about things to do on Saturday, but my charger wasn’t working, for some reason, it has decided to work now. So, let’s move on to sunday mornings! I know that there are tons of good breakfast places around Pittsburgh. I’m not a huge fan of breakfast- it happens in the morning, it’s often a lot of heavy food that I can feel is clogging my arteries, and it makes me sleepy for the rest of the day. However, there is a breakfast place that I am quite fond of, called Zenith, and it’s on the southside. I don’t go there very often, as it’s 10 dollars- but, it’s definitely worth the money when I do go. The entire menu is vegetarian, but you can barely tell. The food is amazing, I never would have thought that there were so many vegetarian options for breakfast. For your money you get one main entree, as much coffee or tea as you want, and an all you can eat buffet. All of the food is fresh and homemade. Just thinking about it makes waking up sound okay. I can’t say that this is the best vegetarian place in town, because, frankly, I haven’t tested out any of the others. But I can tell you that I really like it and I’m not alone- everytime I’ve been there the place has been packed. In the front room they sell all kinds of cool vintage things which you can peruse at your leisure if you have to wait for a table. I’m not a vegetarian, and I have no intentions of pushing it on other people, but I think it’s a great place and it has great food. In the words of Immortal Technique, “I like beef and broccoli, ************”.

Now, I’m not here to promote any organized religion, I don’t care what you are (or if you aren’t anything at all) and I don’t judge people by it. But, if you are Catholic, young, and looking to go somewhere kinda cool- I have a suggestion. I’m not so into going to Church- as I’ve said earlier, I’m not a fan of anywhere that requires me to wake up in the mornings. But I do like going to this place called The Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community and I’m not alone- it draws a big audience of young people. It really stands out in the fact that it places an emphasis on community and reaching out to people- especially young people. They use drama and music to bring the messages to life- and they talk about things that everyone can relate to- without coming off as really preachy. The other thing I like is that they place a lot of emphasis on helping other people and community service. They have committees that are focused on organizing this and they do something at least once or twice everyweek. They also have something on tuesday nights called, “Bible Fight Club”, where you can go debate about theology. I’ve been meaning to go, but haven’t been able to yet. I know some people who have and they find it interesting. They also feed the churchgoers after the service, and encourage people to talk to one another- and meet new people. They’re going to be moving their location soon, and I’m not sure whether the new location has been determined yet- but I really hope that they’re able to keep it going. It’s located on the Southside on the second floor of the Goodwill building.

If you have anyone has suggestions, as always, I’m totally open. Have a favorite brunch place you want to share with the world? Want to talk about a favorite synagogue, mosque, quaker meeting house, or other place you like to go? Feel free to leave a comment or email me.


4 Comments so far

  1. James Foreman (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 10:53 am

    I live in the suburbs. My options are rather more limited than your average city mouse’s, which usually means a trip to the delicious and copious foods available at Eat ‘n Park.

    Yeah, I know – I might as well mention McDonalds in a discussion about find dining in Pittsburgh, but I think our favorite neighborhood diner chain is sufficiently Pittsburgh and sufficiently inexpensive to merit a mention (without making me feel like a suburban toolbox). When I was in college, the Eat ‘n Park Sunday brunch was a common destination for Saturday night binge drinkers. The tradition continues into my adulthood.

  2. Mac (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

    Funny you should mention McDonalds: As I recall, the Big Mac is a Pittsburgh invention, as am I, big Mac.

  3. Mark Rauterkus (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 8:49 pm

    South Side — two words.

    Shadyside — one word.

    My favorite place on Sunday AMs is next to City Grill, Nick’s place, “1884” (or something like that).

    In the week, it is Pickle Barrel. It will be way better once the no-smoking ban takes hold there however.

    Good luck on the blog.

  4. Alik Widge (unregistered) on February 12th, 2007 @ 5:58 pm

    Zenith is truly excellent, although I can never go there if I’ve work to do that Sunday, because it puts me into total carb coma. Good vegan-friendly brunch can also be found at the Quiet Storm in Friendship/Lawrenceville and at the East End Food Co-Op.

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