Bagels aren't the only breakfast food available, but they are the only one that doubles as the steering wheel of a tiny bread car. It's your kitchen and you can drive if you want to with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of bagels, sandwiches, and schmears from The Pittsburgh Bagel Factory, with locations at 5885 Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill and 5825 Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside.
A proudly independent operation, the familial crew at The Pittsburgh Bagel Factory arises each day to bake more than 10 flavors of bagels that power patrons through the morning and midday. Ranging from poppy-encrusted to multigrain wildberry, bagels come schmeared in choice of cream cheese concoctions such as raisin and walnut, garlic and herb, or thunder and lightning ($.89 each, $8.99 for a baker's dozen). Guests can also gussy up their handheld comestible with cheese, egg, and choice of meat such as bacon, kosher salami, or turkey ($3.75). More breakfast options include a scramble of nova lox and onions ($7.95), while noontime nourishment features hot corned beef stacked by a mini boom crane atop potato latkes ($8.75). For caffeinated palate cleansing, baristas brew espresso drinks such as single-shot vanilla lattes ($2.75).
The Pittsburgh Bagel Factory
The proudly independent family crew that runs The Pittsburgh Bagel Factory brings the same commitment to tasty food and early-rising work ethics that made their bagels a local staple to their new Craig St. location. After baking their bagels, which include everything from savory onion to multigrain wildberry, the kitchen staff puts them to work, schmearing them with cream cheese concoctions or sandwiching them with deli meats including oven-roasted turkey and kosher salami. Custom blends of eggs, morning meats, and cheese gussy up handheld comestibles, while burgers flip from sizzling grills to challah buns dressed with toppings ranging from grilled onions and mushrooms to fried eggs and peach barbecue sauce. Staff also pull shots of espresso to add to steaming mugs that vanquish sleepiness from faces.