A Local’s Guide to Pittsburgh: Best Place for Breakfast
Serving up big breakfast portions for small prices is Rocky’s, located in the heart of Bloomfield on Liberty Avenue. Rocky’s seethes with community atmosphere, as the same Bloomfield residents stop by every morning to eat and mull for hours.
You won’t find granola or vegan choices here! The laminated one-sheet menu serves more as a placemat than anything else. Options are straightforward: eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast, and any combination thereof. My ‘usual’ consists of the breakfast sandwich special: scrambled eggs and thick slices of bacon on a toasted white bagel with a generous side of fried potatoes. However, you may prefer the Rocky’s special of eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, toast, coffee, and orange juice for around $5.00.
And who is cooking this, umm, ‘heart-healthy’ feast? Usually after taking the order himself, Rocky, the store owner, cooks on the large griddle situated at the back of the seating area. ‘Yinzer’ small-talk often accompanies food preparation with topics ranging from politics to Steelers.
I became hooked on Rocky’s while rowing for the Carnegie Mellon crew team. Tradition called for a stop on Fridays after morning practice to replenish our calorie loss. The staff expected our visits, knew us by name, and never needed to provide menus. Those mornings hold their place as some of my fondest college memories. I still drop in whenever I’m in town to enjoy my breakfast sandwich over a cup of coffee with friends.
Also serving lunch (although I’ve never been there for it), Rocky’s is open Monday-Saturday from 7am-1pm (I think 1pm, like I said I haven’t been there for lunch, and its small enough that store hours aren’t listed online!).
Have you been to Rocky’s? What is your ‘usual’? Or do your taste buds swear allegiance to another diner in the Burgh? Comment below!