I am super excited to share more of my Pittsburgh adventure with you today! One of my favorite (and most filling) events of the trip was my food tour with ‘Burgh Bits & Bites. It was a pleasure to be invited on the Brookline Food Tour by Sylvia who founded the food tour company. I didn’t know what to expect and even questioned if I would need to eat lunch after the tour. Let me tell you, there was NO room for lunch after the fun 2 hour event!
Our historic Brookline tour started outside of Pitaland where our guide Valerie met us with a smile. We were then introduced to Joe, who founded Pitaland with his wife back in the 1960s. The shop now features a conveyor belt pumping out more fresh pita bread than I have ever seen, a fully stocked deli counter and a restaurant where you can try delicious Mediterranean cuisine. After pulling a freshly puffed pita off of the conveyor belt, I dug in to some fresh hummus, feta cheese and kalamata olives. It was at that moment that I realized I would not be leaving this tour hungry!
From there we moved onto Waterfall Catering, which really just houses their offices along the Brookline tour. We had a chance to try out a few of their specialties including their homemade potato chips, caprese skewers and a delicious tortellini salad!
While walking to our next stop we passed by the oldest continually operating firehouse in the city. One of the things that I enjoyed about the tour was that it went beyond food and talked about the history of the neighborhood. After waving hello to the firemen in the station we walked into Las Palmas, an authentic Mexican grocery store. It was fun to check out the ethnic groceries and deli and then be served delicious tacos by their taco cart positioned in the front of the store. I chose the carnitas taco, which was piled high with meat flavored perfectly, and then walked to the salsa bar to dress my taco. There is nothing more delicious than a fresh salsa bar.
Since most of the group was getting a little sluggish from all of the food, we popped into the Cafe de Noir for a little pick-me-up. After a quick rest and delicious cup of coffee, we continued on our way to more delicious treats at the Party Cake Shop. My eyes grew larger as I looked around at all of the delicious baked goods surrounding me. It was here that I tried my very first Burnt Almond Torte. Don’t be fooled by the ‘burnt’ name because this cake is nothing short of amazing. This cake is a Pittsburgh staple and it features layers of light and fluffy vanilla cake, a layer of custard, buttercream frosting and a coating of toasted candied almonds. Drooling yet? I have never tried anything like this cake and I would go back to Pittsburgh if only just for another slice!
Our tour wound down at the SMOQ PITT BBQ restaurant. If you remember my trip to Kansas City last summer you’ll recall that I have a special place in my heart for barbecue! This shop is a family run business with the smokers out back that are fired up daily to deliver patrons with delicious pork, brisket, chicken and ribs. I looked around the restaurant for someone willing to roll me to my car and drive me home. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any takers so I settled for my husband to drag me out!
This food tour is no joke. If you’re looking for a tour filled with delicious food, fun guides and nice walk around Pittsburgh then I would look no further than the ‘Burgh Bits & Bites Brookline Tour.
Special thanks to Sylvia and ‘Burgh Bits & Bites Food Tour for inviting us on your tour!