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Eggs: that savory protein, once a staple in the diets of our forefathers, has become a gourmet food in America. You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for the best, slightly unusual egg dishes in all of the Steel City. Reader beware – you might become addicted to these dreamy concoctions!
La Gourmandine Bakery & Pastry Shop
4605 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 682-2210
www.lagourmandinebakery.com

This authentic French bakery comes loaded with gourmet pastries that will satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth. From cakes to cookies and eclairs to puff pastries, this decadent patisserie has been delighting Pittsburghers since 2010. One of the best quiches in the city – and arguably in the region – comes right from this delightful little bistro. Try one or all, and savor the delightful combinations of goat cheese and spinach, bacon and caramelized onions, or feta cheese and roasted red peppers to satisfy your craving for exquisite egg dishes.

The Dor-Stop Restaurant
1430 Potomac Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 561-9320
www.dorstoprestaurant.com

Featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” this hallmark of Pittsburgh has been filling the bellies of the area’s residents for decades. The Dor-Stop’s egg dishes, a prerequisite to one’s day, are some of the most enticing, filling dishes in all of the city. From scrumptious Eggs Benedict, to the Jumbot (egg scramble with meat and veggies), you’ll be hard-pressed to find a protein at this diner that isn’t belly-affirming, so-good-you’ll-slap-your-mama delicious. To top if off, the Dor-Stop has some of the best prices in the city; it’s a wonder with portions this huge, and prices so low, how it has stayed in business for so many years.

Point Brugge Cafe
401 Hastings St
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 441-3334
www.pointbrugge.com

The Eggs Benedict is deserving of a second mention on this list, especially for the way this dish is served at Point Brugge Cafe. It’s unlikely you’ve ever tried something as eclectic as Eggs Benedict served on crabcakes topped with applewood smoked bacon, but if you have, you’re clearly a better person for it. If the hollandaise of the aforementioned is too savory for your taste buds, you might do well with the poached eggs on potato pancakes. Whatever eggy item you’re craving, Point Brugge has you covered in the most delicious way possible.

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Piper’s Pub
1828 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 381-3977
www.piperspub.com

Two words for you: Scotch Eggs. These delectable little devils come hard boiled, wrapped in sausage, breaded and fried, and are served with hot sauce. This popular Scottish dish is a favorite among Piper’s Pub patrons, and only weighs in at a paltry $8. If that dish is a little too artery-clogging for you, try your hand at the Irish breakfast, which comes with scrambled to order eggs, crisped bangers (potatoes), grilled ham steak and mashed redskin potatoes with a hard roll.

Gab & Eat
1073 Washington Ave
Carnegie, PA 15106
(412) 276-8808
www.gabneat.com

A cash-only establishment, this Carnegie diner is most famous for its heaping two-pound Mixed Grill. Sit behind the counter and prepare to be dazzled as the masterful cooks of this greasy spoon whip up a concoction of fried eggs, potatoes, sausage and peppers so luscious and filling, you’d expect Adam Richman to be competitively eating next to you. Just don’t ask for a doggie bag, you’ll run the risk of being laughed out of town.

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Nikki Tiani-Moroney is a full time mum of two boys, wife of a professional poker player/photographer/amateur pencil-sharpening competitor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn’t studiously neglecting her housework in favor of a good book, she’s out simultaneously fighting crime and picking up sidewalk litter while savoring an occasional cigarette. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.