By: Amanda Narcisi

Right outside of Downtown Pittsburgh is one of the best restaurants and even one of the best brunches. If you are traveling in for a convention at The David L Lawrence Convention Center or you are staying at The Westin; Eleven is a short walk away.

On this certain Sunday we were battling traffic from the car show so we opted for the valet service that Eleven offers. This isn’t your typical brunch in the city since it was business casual. The table arrangements are cool and there are a few interesting tables that are in out coves and one even was on a balcony overlooking the bar and had a curtain so no one could see in. The downside to their arrangement was they couldn’t accommodate a large party of 8-10 without a private room which had a minimum purchase attached to it. If you are unsure of attendees this is not ideal or if a few just showed up with an appetite for coffee and granola they are now paying the extra to get to the minimum purchase.

Brunch can be purchased two ways: you can order just an item or there is a Brunch Prix Fixe. The Brunch Prix Fixe was your choice of appetizer and entree with a fresh juice or cocktail.

The food was an entirely different story: high-class and interesting. Everything from the cocktails to the scones were fancy. I started my brunch with a mimosa-a brunch must-have. The drinks were delivered with a selections of breads and breakfast pastries like scones and muffins. They had honey butter, marmalade and jam with them. Pastries were items like blueberry muffins, chocolate chip scones and rolls.

My appetizer was a Grilled Stickies. The serving was huge; it was three cinnamon brioches with bacon butterscotch and icing. I was already full at the end of the serving.

My main entree was the Vanilla Bean Waffles. It was a waffle topped with apples, candied pecans, maple syrup and had bacon on the side. It was really good and the taste of apples and candied pecans were an interesting combination.

Despite the sourness over our seating the brunch was very delicious and I would recommend as a breakfast date or before the Home Show or another convention. Eleven is located at 1150 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Reservations can be made at 412-201-5656 or through Open Table. Other information and dinner menu can be found at elevenck.com. Cheers!