My sister recently came to Pittsburgh to visit me, and we were looking for a nice breakfast place downtown before we went to the North Side to explore. We decided on Bluebird Kitchen.
The Location: Bluebird has two locations in downtown Pittsburgh. We went to the one on Forbes Avenue, east of Market Square. If you’re downtown, it’s in a pretty central location to find, near several different bus lines. The interior of the cafe is modern and minimalist, with a white and blue theme all around. The counters and tabletops are patterned like marble, and bright lights hang from the ceiling to complement the natural lighting coming through the large windows. There isn’t much seating, so this is a good place to grab and go or eat around Market Square.
The Food: I ordered a frittata sandwich, while my sister got the pastrami-cured salmon sandwich. The frittata was delicious, with the sausage, tomato, potato, and goat cheese blending well with the egg in a way I didn’t expect. I also tried the salmon, which was smoked perfectly and slathered with enough cream cheese. Disclaimer: we went on Friday morning at 10 a.m., and they were almost out of food. I imagine it’s a popular place for professionals working downtown to grab breakfast. So if you want to make sure you get what you want, try to get there earlier.
The Vibe: Bluebird is modern and chill, with a relaxing vibe. I’m sure it’s busier earlier in the morning during rush hour, but I really enjoyed the open space and bright lights.
Lit or Nah: You know what? I’m going to say it's Lit. No, Bluebird isn’t “Lit” in a traditional sense. It’s not a place to get down and have lots of fun. But it does have great food, and that’s all that matters in my book. It also had great and informative service. The only strike against it is the seating, and there is some open space that could be devoted to more tables. But I’m excited to go again the next time I’m downtown, and I'll try other things on their menu.