Webster’s dictionary defines brunch as the best way to spend your time late morning on a Saturday. Just kidding… but that’s how we feel. Luckily, Pitt has a lot to offer in the brunch department. If you’re a fan of the classic diner brunch, or want something with a modern twist – a coffee drinker, or a breakfast cocktail imbiber – there’s plenty of options. Let’s take a look at just how hard Pittsburg brunches.
TOAST offers brunch classics with a modern flair. Everything is made scratch in house with seasonal, local ingredients – including their lard based biscuits, which are to die for. If you want some traditional brunch fair, they’ve got you covered with everything from omelets and biscuits and gravy, to the farmer’s platter – a smorgasbord of all your breakfast staples like eggs, potatoes, bacon, and so on.
Want to try something a little different? The biscuit sammies are absolutely loaded with bacon, eggs, and cheese, along with sauce from Smokey Bros – a local hot sauce company. You can pair that with one of the best bloody mary’s in town, and take one of their big A$$ Cinnamon Rolls to go so you can have some of that TOAST goodness later, too.
Few places in Pittsburg are as iconic as Harry’s cafe, located squarely in the middle of downtown. Beloved by long-time locals and college students alike, Harry’s offers time-tested classic American breakfast plates in an old-fashioned dining room. The pecan waffle in particular is a fan favorite, but you can create just about any type of breakfast plate you can imagine, and complement that with bottomless coffee as well.
If you’re right on the borderline with lunchtime, Harry’s also offers some great lunch options, from the 3-decker sandwiches, to hot roast beef smothered in brown gravy. For those with a sweet tooth, Harry’s also offers some of the best pies in southeast Kansas – so grab one to take home after you’ve gotten your fill of brunch.
The Jolly Fox
Are breweries your jam, but it’s 10 in the morning? No problem! The Jolly Fox Brewery seasonally offers brunch on the weekends only. Brunch staples paired with a relaxed brewery atmosphere is a vibe, and if the weather’s nice, we highly recommend sitting on their spacious patio.
One of the most unique features of Jolly Fox’s brunch is their mimosa flights. You can pick five flavors of mimosa and sample them all, which is perfect for those who like a little bit of extra variety, or just can’t make up their mind. If you stay a little later and feel like switching to beer, there’s a great selection of craft brews. Try the Stargazer IPA – it’s one of our favorites!
The brunch at Chatters is unique in that it’s only offered on Saturdays. Plan ahead though, because this local favorite is always hopping during their once per week brunch special.
Chatter’s brunch includes the typical staples, with some interesting additions. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you can try their oreo pancakes. If you’re feeling extra hungry, their breakfast burger platter is sure to satiate just about any appetite. Pair that with a mimosa or bloody mary, and you’ve started the morning off right.
If you’re jonesing for a coffee after brunch, you can usually find The Mug Dealer – a small trailer serving a variety of specialty coffee drinks – parked right outside. Once you’ve fueled up on coffee, taking a walk north up Rouse street to Pitt State campus makes for a pleasant way to spend a sunny Saturday morning.
If you’re a diner fan, Bob’s grill offers the quintessential American diner experience in Pitt. A unique U-shaped bar surrounds the cooking area – so you can watch them make your bacon, eggs, pancakes, or whatever else you can imagine. There’s a good number of tables as well, so plenty of room for the whole family. The walls are also covered with Pittsburg memorabilia and decor, which evokes nostalgia for the locals and curiosity for visitors.
If you’ve got a big appetite, Bob’s has you covered there. The Cowboy is a local favorite – sporting your choice of meat with peppers, onion, eggs, and hash browns topped with cheese. If you really want to go all-in, you can get it smothered in gravy too! If you need to walk some of that off afterward, Bob’s is conveniently located at the north end of downtown, which makes it a great starting point if you want to work your way down to do some shopping or exploring after brunch.