After an overnight jaunt to Pittsburgh, we were looking for a place to have breakfast, which at this point had to be pretty great to keep up with the winning food streak we were on over the last two days. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, obviously you didn’t read my last post about Alma Pan-Latin Kitchen. So with breakfast on the brain, I hopped onto my Urbanspoon ap to see what our options were. Once again, the Spoon saved our tourist behinds, and led us right into The Dor-Stop Restaurant in Dormont.
After reading some stellar reviews on the Spoon, and also noticing that the place was featured on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” we decided to give the Dor-Stop a try. Turned out to be a fun adventure up into the hills of Pittsburgh to the adorable town of Dormont. Inside was a charming, down-to-earth, bustling diner, with a semi-open kitchen and hungry locals buzzing about. My taste buds were intrigued.
In true diner fashion, the menu was loaded with American favorites, including an impressive selection of pancakes, omelets, sandwiches, burgers, and the like. But of course we were here for breakfast.
After purusing the menu for a time, and doing my usual “savory vs. sweet” inner debate that inevitably happens at breakfast, I decided to go with my gut (ha) and ordered the raspberry stuffed fresh toast with a side of bacon.
When the dish arrived, a wave of contentment came over me; I knew I was entering my happy place. Not only did I have a beautiful new piece of jewelry on my finger and my handsome fiance sitting across from me, but now I had a plate of pure joy to devour as well. This french toast was remarkable and unlike any I’ve tasted before. It had a distinctive crunch, which was not immediately identifiable. After asking our server, turns out the toast is battered in crumbled corn flakes before hitting the grill. This really made for an amazing texture, I’m dying to try this one at home. As for the filling, this crunchy sweet toast was dolloped with raspberry and cream cheese filling, then dowsed with another raspberry sauce, which turned out to be nothing more than raspberry jam, in liquid form. Whooooa. The beauty of this dish was the crunch of the toast, and the fact that it was not overwhelmingly sweet. It was juuust right.
Dave opted for one of the daily specials, a Colorado omelet, which turned out to be another solid choice. Here we have a sizable omelet covered in chili, shredded cheddar cheese, green pepper, and onion. Chili on eggs, why aren’t more restaurants doing this?! Great idea, great flavors, albeit a tad on the fattening side. (This coming from the girl who ordered stuffed french toast.)
So from the food, to the service, to the atmosphere, to the satisfaction of stumbling into something truly “local”, the Dor-Stop was a huge hit on all fronts. Great coffee too!