Braddock's American Brasserie
Braddock’s American Brasserie is a classy affair, with high ceilings, warm wood trimmings, and intimate booths draped in black leather. The fare combines classic Pittsburgh cuisine with European undertones, spread over plentiful breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Sidle in early and sample the Braddock’s benedict, poached eggs, and griddled kielbasa on an english muffin, all in a classic hollandaise ($13). Sate squealing sweet teeth with the lemon-ricotta pancakes, served with a seasonal fruit compote and maple syrup ($13). For midday hunger pangs, calm a protesting torso purse with onion-soup gratinee—savory broth coated in gruyere and a brioche crouton ($7). At Braddock’s American Brasserie or Street Side, soup is the calm before a mid-afternoon lunchstorm. One cannot visit either establishment without trying the Pittsburgh reuben, nicknamed “The Big Ugly” for its haphazard appearance and formidable portion. This “sandwich” comes open-faced on marble rye, heaped with a startling amount of shaved pastrami, Russian dressing, sauerkraut, and kielbasa, and crowned with a pierogi and gruyere ($13).