Smallman Galley is a co-op space for chefs looking to launch their own restaurant, a “launch pad for the best new restaurant concepts in Pittsburgh.” It’s a unique space housing 4 restaurant concepts, a full bar, and coffee bar. The creators of Smallman Galley aim to “cultivate and accelerate undiscovered Chefs by providing a forum to showcase their capabilities, hone their craft, develop business acumen, and build a cult following behind their concepts.” The space has four fully outfitted kitchens and open seats for guests, providing the infrastructure for chefs to test their concepts with low-risk and low-cost. To Pittsburghers it offers an amazing place to find interesting meals!
After weeks of seeing the pizza all over Instagram, I decide to try Iron Born. It offers a truly unique style of pizza for Pittsburgh! Iron Born Pizza may have a Yinzer name, but it’s a Detroit-style pizza. It is set on a fluffy, thick crust baked in a cast iron square pan which creates a truly delicious crispy caramelized crust and bottom. The cheese running over the edges creates crusty caramelized cheese! I split the White Pie of : Garlic Cream – Caramelized Onions – Marinated Cherry Tomatoes – Arugula – Ricotta – and I added sausage. The combination was great! The garlic sauce isn’t overpowering and the caramelized onions were delicious and sweet! I would love to return to try another pie – the Carbonara Pie sounds delicious.
My boyfriend ordered Bacon & Egg Fried Rice, from Banhmilicious. It was very interesting and delicious, like nothing I’ve had before. The rice was a smaller than usual grain type and served with a fried egg on top and a side of soup. The soup appears to be a clear or an onion soup you would have at a everyday Asian spot, but once you taste it you realize its SO much more. Its almost like a spiced latte or strong chai tea – but meets the starter soup you’d have at a hibachi place. I asked and the soup features cinnamon, ginger, five spice and cumin (if I can remember correctly). We also had the mango bubble tea, which was filled with fresh mango. It was nice and refreshingly sweet.
I highly recommend a visit to Smallman Galley in the Strip District and can’t wait to return for another meal myself!
On the weekends, I love to sleep in and go to an affordable typical American breakfast with my BF. Not an overpriced brunch in the city with champagne or bloody marys, but a relaxed breakfast with no makeup and sweats. Living in a suburban area, the North Hills of Pittsburgh, we have plenty of homey breakfast choices.
The Island Bean Coffee
No morning is complete without coffee. If you can’t already guess by my taste in wine, I love my coffee sweet and flavorful. I haven’t explored all the coffee shops in the North Hills, but my favorite so far is definitely The Island Bean. This is actually a small drive-through right off of McKnight Road by the new Block Northway. Their lattes can be customized through a huge lists of flavors. My favorite so far is the coconut cream, while my BF likes the Nutty Squirrel 🙂 Seriously an upgrade from the bitter lattes of Starbucks we are all used to.
First Watch Cafe, McCandless Crossings
First Watch is a chain, but a very quaint modern farmhouse chic daytime cafe. Not only is the decor & color scheme farmhouse fresh, but the menu is vast with breakfast, brunch and lunch items. First Watch is known for using high quality, fresh & organic ingredients with many healthy options and fresh pressed juice offerings.
I love their egg hash dishes. The “Skillet Hash – Parma” is two cage-free eggs atop fresh, seasoned potatoes, Italian sausage, house-roasted Crimini mushrooms, onions and tomatoes with melted Parmesan, Mozzarella and fresh herbs. It’s very filling, only about $13 .
I love a breakfast at Pittsburgh’s family-owned restaurant chain Eat’n Park. As a teenager this is the place I would go with my friends after every jr high dance, sports game, or any weekend we couldn’t find anything better to do. We’d have fried appetizers, milkshakes and grilled stickies. Now I love to go for good, affordable coffee and pancakes on a weekend morning.
The Yinzer community is strong here, there’s just something so nice and comforting about coming to Eat’n Park and seeing the hard working employees & patrons, their Pittsburgh pride & friendliness is evident. Their Caramel Macchiato Latte, is definitely full of sugar, but it so delicious for a treat. A bonus on top is that it comes with a free refill, that I usually take to go. My go-to Eat’n Park is the one right in front of the Ross Park Mall (7370 McKnight Rd) the other smaller location down McKnight is very slow.