If you enjoyed your New Year’s Eve, chances are you are going to get a bit of a late start on New Year’s Day. In fact, you probably missed breakfast altogether. In that case, you will want to gather the friends that are still left at your house and head out to get a tasty early New Year’s Day lunch or if you are still in the mood for breakfast food, some brunch. Here are some places that will serve you up something tasty in Pittsburgh on New Year’s Day.
1828 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Located in the South Side, Piper’s Pub specializes in British fare and is famous for its fish and chips and shepherd’s pie. On New Year’s Day, Piper’s Pub opens at 11 a.m. and will be serving its Sunday brunch menu. You can enjoy a traditional Irish boxty, which is a potato pancake stuffed with tasty options such as corned beef, grilled vegetables or smoked salmon. If you prefer, you can enjoy a Belgian waffle with fresh berry sauce and whipped cream with bacon or ham or chicken and waffles covered in sausage gravy.
301 Freeport Road
Aspinwall, PA 15215
Located in Aspinwall, Cornerstone Restaurant has been known for being one of the best breakfast restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. If you haven’t had a chance to go, New Year’s brunch might be the perfect opportunity. Cornerstone opens and 11 a.m. and will be serving brunch until 3 p.m. Start the year off right with a hearty meal of steak and eggs or brisket hash. If you want something sweet, you can try the apple cinnamon pancakes or classic brioche served with your choice of bacon, sausage or eggs.
1400 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
A hearty Italian morning meal is the perfect way to start off the new year. Bring the whole family or a large group of friends to Lidia’s, located in the Strip District, for a hearty brunch. Lidia’s opens at 11 a.m. and will be serving its brunch menu until 2:30 p.m. Enjoy fresh pasta selections, antipasti and bakery selections. Top off your meal by hitting the dessert table to enjoy some crostata, chocolates and classic tiramisu.
2350 Noblestown Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Located on Noblestown Road, Eggs-R-Us specializes in breakfast and brunch and New Year’s Day is no exception. If you never went to bed on New Year’s Eve, Eggs-R-Us opens at 7 a.m. and is open until 3:30 p.m. Fuel up on country fried steak and sausage gravy served with potatoes or build your own omelet with your choice of meats, veggies and cheeses. Start your year off on the right track with a grilled chicken salad or indulge one last time with a giant breakfast burrito. You can also enjoy pancakes, Belgian waffles and French toast if you are craving a sweet treat.
20510 Perry Highway
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Nothing will fight off the effects of New Year’s Eve margaritas like New Year’s Day Mad Mex. Mad Mex has locations in Cranberry, the South Hills, Shadyside, Robinson and Monroeville. You can start enjoying tasty tacos and wings at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Try the tofu tacos with fresh avocado and rice or a Los Wingos Wrap with boneless wings in your favorite sauce and a side of waffle fries. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, try a spinach and mushroom quesadilla or a casa salad with lime cilantro dressing.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, Pa., area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.