When one thinks of the number 509, the career home-run total of Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt immediately comes to mind. Today’s Groupon elicits a more appetizing first thought: for $10, you get $20 worth of fresh fare and drinks at The 509 Café. The cafe, named for its street address, is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week from 6 a.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends until 3:30 p.m.
The 509 Café partners with nurturing goddess and retired insurance agent, Mother Nature, to use only the freshest ingredients in each dish. The lunch menu offers salads ($7.99) and sandwiches ($6.99 for a whole), many with a Southwestern spin; the Sonoran salad tops its mesa of mixed greens, grilled chicken, and roasted-corn and black-bean salsa with a Southwest vinaigrette and tortilla strips, while the Mohican burger sports Angus beef under roasted poblano pepper, served on a cheddar-jalapeno bun. The 509 Café is vegetarian friendly and offers a spicy black-bean burger as a replacement upon request. For diners who love beef but hate patties, the ranch roast-beef sandwich ($3.99 for a half) tantalizes with tender roast beef sliced thin and drizzled with ranch dressing. Quesadillas are available in both full ($6.99) and half-size portions ($3.99). Add a side such as Southwest potato salad and a drink for just $2. The 509 Café’s breakfast menu is served all day and features classic Southwestern fare such as pancakes ($4.99), french toast ($4.99), and breakfast sandwiches ($3.99), and is served all day.
While eating in the café’s quaint and casual dining room, diners can also make use of the 509 Café’s free wireless Internet; use of the cafe’s outlets can be paid for with a solid knock-knock joke. Call ahead or ask one of the friendly, attentive servers for the café’s daily specials.
FoodBurgh reviewed The 509 Café and gave the breakfast and lunch joint four stars:
>* After trying to gather some recommendations, I ended up with the Sonoran Salad: grilled chicken breast over leaf lettuce topped with corn, black beans, and crispy tortilla strips. The salad was actually intended to come pre-tossed with a “southwest vinaigrette,” but I requested the dressing on the side. My first impression: the presentation was stunning: artfully stacked relatively high over a stylish square red plate. Beautiful. – mike
Six Yelpers give four stars, and 88% of Urbanspooners like it:
> * Even though the cafe is modest, in a modest community, the quality and type of food on the menu is what you might expect in a higher class of restaurant. On my first visit I had the Ranch Roast Beef sandwich with a side of fries. Best roast beef sandwich I have had in years and the fries were just they way I like, cut with the skin still on. – dave, Urbanspoon > * The food was very good and certainly reasonably priced. I also liked their coffee selection. It was much better than I had expected. – Justin, Urbanspoon
509 Greenfield Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15207Get Directions