Top Spots for Holiday-Weekend Eats

Plus, a family-owned shop in Zelienople sells hard-to-find candies.

Sugar Cafe cupcake photo by claramichelle on Flickr

Top spots for holiday-weekend fare
If you're celebrating the upcoming holidays with loved ones (locals and out-of-towners alike), you'll want to impress them with a fine meal. Here's a handy list of local eateries that'll be open Sunday during brunch hours and will serve some delicious dishes, as always.

The folks at Sugar Cafe know how to make a mean cupcake. And scone. Basically, they've got the whole breakfast/pastry thing down. Which is why you should make the trek to charming Dormont and see for yourself. But this place isn't exactly a hidden gem — so you might have to wait to get a table.

(Potomac Ave., Dormont; 412/341-1090,
Continually receiving rave reviews for its Mediterranean fare, Casbah's brunch also hits high marks. Since such dishes as braised lamb and eggs (featuring the finest lamb from Elysian Fields Farm) and Casbah Benedict have graced the menu, this is one place that can please just about any crowd, including the pickiest of eaters.

(S. Highland Ave., Shadyside; 412/661-5656,
Tucked in the North Hills, Willow attracts locals with its modern American cuisine. Come Sunday, the eatery will offer a special menu, prepared by executive chef Anthony Pupo. Offerings include traditional and nontraditional fare, like duck tacos, crabcake Benedict and vegetable ravioli.

(634 Camp Horne Road, Ohio Township; 412/847-1007,

Go-to German eatery serves old favorites

Max’s Allegheny Tavern is aptly located in Pittsburgh’s Deutschtown. Classics like Kase Spatzles (which puts many other noodle dishes to shame) and Sauerbraten are impressive, while Schnitzel ala Holstein takes the cake. Sausage fans can taste a few traditional wursts by ordering the platter. Even Max’s Sunday brunch buffet will blow your mind: Potato pancakes are included alongside traditional and not-so-traditional breakfast fare (the lineup for this extensive, delicious feast changes every week). Just be sure to save room for dessert. It’d be a shame if you missed out on the apple strudel.

(Max's Allegheny Tavern, 537 Suismon St., North Side; 412/231-1899,

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Family-owned shop sells hard-to-find candies

Many 'Burghers (Eat Street included) grew up nibbling on sweets from downtown favorite Candy Rama. Those who grew up near Baldinger's probably have similar memories.

The longstanding store, which recently relocated to Route 19, stocks rare treats, such as wax lips and imported candy bars from afar. The best part is that Baldinger's old-time cash register only tallies a max total of $9.99 — so be sure to take advantage by stocking up on all the sweets.

(Baldinger's, 519 Perry Highway, Zelienople; 724/452-9310,

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