Out of the Kitchen: Square Cafe - The Surznick Common Room

Monday, June 15, 2015

Out of the Kitchen: Square Cafe

Nick and I are always on the lookout for a new brunch spot. Cutting meat and dairy out of our diet has drastically lowered the number of places we can go to eat, so when I hear about a restaurant that has vegan options, my heart may actually skip a beat because I LOVE BREAKFAST.

This past weekend we decided to check out Square Cafe in the Regent Square neighborhood of Pittsburgh. We heard about Square Cafe awhile ago, thanks to Vegan Pittsburgh's comprehensive list of vegan restaurants in the city. I also found a Groupon that saved us $9 so it was definitely a win-win.

When we arrived at Square Cafe, the place looked packed both inside and outside, but our wait was surprisingly short. The restaurant is super bright and colorful inside - lime green everywhere! The walls were also adorned with photos for sale from a local photographer. Seating is a little tight inside, but still comfortable. The service was super friendly and quick for as busy as they were. Overall, a great little spot that we'll definitely be checking out again. Now on to the important stuff... our food!

Nick: I love sweet... and I love savory. But if you put the two in front of me, I become instantly blinded by the sweet and can't say no. (Though, I often wish I had the will power to remind myself I'd actually prefer a more savory dish, as I tend to regret an overly sweet breakfast.) I open the menu and BOOM! Vegan Banana Pancakes. Sold. Menu shut. These were really quite fantastic. They were just the right sweetness, too. The cakes alone didn't have an overwhelming sweetness to them. Instead they had really great and fresh banana flavor (with loads of real banana stuffed inside) and the syrup brought just enough sugar to the taste. Overall it was a great balance of flavors and I would have definitely eaten more than three if they sold them that way!

Sarah: I'm more of a savory over sweet kind of person when it comes to breakfast, so I ordered the Soy Chorizo & Tofu Hash (Soy chorizo & tofu tossed with potatoes, shallots, mushrooms, and asparagus. Served with dry ciabatta.) I liked my dish, but it was a little spicier than I was anticipating. The spice and the addition of asparagus made it seem more like a dinner dish than a breakfast dish, but again, it was still yummy and I definitely cleared my plate! The ciabatta bread was delicious. I topped it with some jelly and it was perfect. It looks like a hard loaf of bread, but was actually super airy on the inside.

Of course, our quick iPhone photos don't do this delicious food justice, so I guess you'll have just to go check it out for yourself! Thanks for letting us share! If you know of any amazing brunch spots with vegan options, don't hesitate to let us know :)

Sarah & Nick


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