Hit the Street: Best Ways to Do Dormont

With an arthouse cinema, two bookstores, a diner and a bakery, this neighborhood hits all of your needs for a day full of small-town charm.



Start your day at Potomac Bakery [1419 Potomac Ave.], and order anything with the buttercream icing: The French bear claw is one of the favorite options at this 88-year-old town institution.


Or have breakfast first at the Dor-Stop Restaurant [1430 Potomac Ave.]. Try co-owner Vicki Lawhorne’s hotcakes in oatmeal, pumpkin or regular. The 33-year-old spot, which also serves lunch, was featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

You can get good pizza at several spots in Dormont, but try a slice at family-owned, 60-year-old Campiti’s Pizzeria [1509 Potomac Ave.]. Or order the popular Italian hoagie to go and head to Dormont Park [1801 Dormont Ave.] for a picnic.

The Hollywood Theater [1449 Potomac Ave.] isn’t your average independent film house. The refurbished 1920s theater is part of the arthouse cinema movement, showing everything from silent films to new releases and frequently holding special events: This month, check out Orson Welles’ 100th birthday party and a breakfast-and-movie event with “The Sound of Music” for Mother’s Day, as well as bimonthly showings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

End your day at Cain’s Saloon [3239 W. Liberty Ave.], where locals gather for burgers and drinks while catching a game on the flat-screen TVs. 

While You’re There

  • Co-owned by fantasy novelist Peter S. Beagle, Rickert & Beagle Books [3233 W. Liberty Ave.] is a must-stop for literary lovers. Find rare books, novels used in locally filmed movies and tomes by about 100 local authors. The spot, formerly Eljay’s Books, hosts regular signings and other events.
  • Shop for special-occasion formalwear in an atmosphere that’s the epitome of elegance. Anne Gregory for the Bride [2975 W. Liberty Ave.] makes its home in the 100-year-old former borough building and offers gowns, accessories and a bridal-dress sale room.
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