I came across some pictures from a while back when a bunch of us went to Legume Bistro for Sunday brunch. Legume Bistro is located at 1113 S. Braddock Ave in the Regent Square area of Pittsburgh, PA. They are a small family operated restaurant. What caught our attention was their small but unique menu offering Italian and French inspired American cuisine. Their dinner menus change every day and they post them on their website by 5pm. Their brunch menu also varies week to week. The dishes they offer depend on the ingredients available to them. Most of the ingredients they use are organic and locally grown, with the exception of a few delicious ingredients that might not be available locally.
Normally, their brunch runs from 10am to 2pm, but one that day they had to close early to prepare for a special dinner.
Here’s what we had for brunch that day. For a beverage, I ordered the French press coffee.
I couldn’t help but notice how adorable this cream container was. The waiter told us that the owner buys them from Ebay. They are vintage moo cow creamers.
For appetizer, we ordered the steak tartar with toasted baguette. I don’t think I ever had steak tartar before. It looked pretty intimidating at first, but after I ate some, I wanted a second taste. The steak tartar was delicious and flavorful. Other than the slightly burnt baguette, this first course dish put huge smiles on our faces. We couldn’t wait to see and taste our second course dishes.
Here’s what we had for our main course.
Duck confit red flannel hash with poached eggs and toast
I ordered the duck confit red flannel. The duck confit is a French dish with duck leg. The red flannel hash is a combination of potatoes and beets, giving it the light red color. It was served with a side of poached eggs and toast. This dish was overall amazing. I was wowed by how tasty the duck meat was. It left me in a very happy and satisfied state. It totally hit the spot. This dish goes on my list of tastiest duck dishes I’ve ate, right next to that duck dish I had at the Hershey Cafe at Hershey Park last year.
Here’s what my dining buddies ordered.
Organic Scottish smoked salmon with eggs scrambled with garlic scapes, cream cheese and dill
Pork chop with potatoes and scrambled egg
Our dining experience at Legume was awesome. The service was great and the food was amazing. The dishes are a little on the pricey side, but the food is worth it. The brunch dishes range in the teens. The portions were just right in my opinion. They don’t give you overwhelming portions, but just enough it leaves your tummy happy. Even though it’s a bit pricey for brunch, you leave there intrigued by the food, satisfied by the quantity, and no sense of guilt. Legume is definitely worth the occasional visit. I would return to Legume the next time I’m in Pittsburgh if I get the chance. However, I’m a little intimidated to try their dinner menu. I would imagine their dinners to be creative and tasty, but not too friendly to the wallet. I would have to really like the menu for that day. Sunday brunch at Legume was great.