Hit the Street: Brookline

Take a trip through the Liberty Tunnels and find plenty to do in this neighborhood a few miles from downtown.




Kribel's Photo by John Altdorfer
 

 

1. Start your day at one of the neighborhood’s two longstanding bakeries: Kribel’s [546 Brookline Blvd., kribelsbakeryofpittsburgh.com] and Party Cake Shop [706 Brookline Blvd., partycakeshop.com]. At Kribel’s, try a lady lock with French cream, or preorder some with marshmallow filling (the bakery once was known for them). At Party Cake, you can pick up Paczki, a pre-Lenten Polish treat, through Fat Tuesday.

2. For lunch, join the long lines of people who wait at the taco tent outside Las Palmas Carniceria [700 Brookline Blvd.]. Weekend flavors may differ, but during the week you’ll choose from chicken, ground-beef, ribeye steak, sausage and fajita-mix fillings.

3. Natives and visitors alike agree: Pitaland [620 Brookline Blvd., pitaland.com] is a must-stop. Part Mediterranean bakery, part specialty grocery store, the family-owned establishment recently added a café that serves customers’ favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

4. Stop by Geekadrome [534 Brookline Blvd., facebook.com/geekadrome], a comic book and game shop where you also can find collectibles, action figures and the increasingly popular Pop! vinyl figures. Each evening you’ll find a different game night underway at the 10-year-old shop where local artists’ work hangs on the walls.
 

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While You’re There:

On Wednesdays, sit down at the piano at Cannon Coffee [802 Brookline Blvd., facebook.com/cannoncoffee9] for open mic night, or sip a mocha and listen from your table. Don’t forget to browse the locally made jewelry and other specialty items for sale.

Want to cook authentic West African foods? Stop by Daree-Salam African Market Inc. [944 Brookline Blvd.] to get African brands of flour, palm oil and corn meal as well as beverages and meats, such as cow feet, that aren’t readily available elsewhere.


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