You may have seen the Bitter Ends pop up at the Bloomfield Farmers Market on Saturdays in the past, but now they've got their very own storefront in Bloomfield.
With farm fresh ingredients (straight from their own farm) and everything made from scratch including bread and pastries, soups, and sandwiches, we haven't been this ecstatic about a restaurant opening in a while.
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Part of our excitement is due to the chef's, Becca Hegarty's, connection to Bread and Salt Bakery.
Like many food-loving Pittsburghers, we were devastated when Bread and Salt closed, but the bread Hegarty is baking up here is crusty, toothsome, and very reminiscent of the bread there.
Bitter Ends Luncheonette is a diner-style setup with a long, narrow building with the open kitchen on the left and a few small tables on the right. The menu is somewhat small with pastries, soups, and sandwiches, but it suits the restaurant's concept and space.
We started off with some sweets including donut holes and a maple donut. The donut holes were impressively light and fluffy on the inside with a good crunch on the outside.
They tasted like they were made from whole grain flour which was an interesting twist.
The maple donut was also delicious and was topped with an almost buttery maple glaze made with Pennsylvania maple syrup.
With our sugar fix complete, we moved on to healthier dishes like the vegetable soup. It was surprisingly hearty and savory given that it was vegetarian. Super thin slices of potatoes, turnips carrots, and herbs gave texture and freshness.
Of course, it was served with some of their crusty whole grain bread.
We also tried the veggie sandwich and the potatoes, both of which were revelations.
The potatoes were smashed hunks cooked up crispy on the griddle and covered in butter, onions, and herbs- who knew that fried potatoes could taste so fresh?
And last but not least, we dug in to the veggie sandwich which was made using more of their brilliant bread.
The bread was slathered with pumpkin puree that kept things creamy and saucy. A slew of crunchy veggies like lettuce, radishes, and carrots topped it off.
I never would have guessed that such fresh flavors could be coaxed from winter veggies, but Bitter Ends Luncheonette is proving it can be done, and done beautifully. And it makes us even more excited to return in the summer to see what they do with the height of summer veggie bounty.
Bitter Ends Luncheonette is located at 4613 Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield.