Coca Cafe Review – A Different Approach to Brunch in Lawrenceville

Last Updated on August 6, 2020 by Angie

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Coca Cafe closed in 2020.

Coca Cafe has been a longstanding popular weekend brunch spot in Lawrenceville. With a playful vibe, great service, and creative dishes along with classics, we can certainly see why so many people love this cafe.

Although we love weekend brunch, something about waiting an hour for a table doesn't really appeal to us. That's why when we recently found ourselves with a free weekday morning, we jumped at the chance to check out Coca Cafe.

A Popular Brunch Spot Any Day of the Week

Coca Cafe in Pittsburgh

We were surprised that the place was even busy on a weekday. Nevertheless, we still walked right in and got a table. Soon we were sipping cups of freshly brewed coffee from local roaster Commonplace Coffee.

The cafe also serves espresso-based drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, and they have a rather large fresh juice menu with ingredients like kale and carrots.

Surprisingly, Coca Cafe also serves alcohol and has a menu of boozy brunch drinks like mimosas and Bloody Mary's.

Many Non-Traditional Brunch Options at Coca Cafe

Eggs Benedict at Coca Cafe in Lawrenceville

The food menu is more funky cafe than diner featuring the likes of avocado toasts, acai bowls, shakshuka, and fancy stuffed French toasts.

We love eggs benedict and there are several options here including a traditional dish and several others featuring seasonal ingredients. I ordered the seasonal mushroom eggs benedict which had lots of different kinds of mushrooms and kale in a basil hollandaise sauce served over toasty English muffins.

The mushrooms were so savory and earthy while the basil and lemon in the hollandaise sauce kept the dish refreshing and not too rich. Fresh fruit and breakfast potatoes were served on the side. The potatoes were some of the best we've had in the city – the skins were supremely light and crispy while the interiors were delectably creamy.

Coca Breakfast Sandwich at Coca Cafe

We also ordered the restaurant's namesake breakfast sandwich, which was one of the most creative and delicious breakfast sandwiches we've had in quite some time. This one has a Korean influence with a gochugaro aioli, which is basically a spicy mayonnaise, and a spicy, funky kimchi. The sandwich is brought back into the more traditional breakfast realm with a couple of eggs over easy and a slathering of bacon jam.

The bacon jam is brilliant as the texture ensures that there's a taste of bacon in every bite. The sourdough bread was toasted to buttery perfection. The varied textures and flavors made this a stellar sandwich that we would definitely order again (and again, and again).

Overall the service was friendly and efficient considering how busy the place was, and the menu was creative and well-executed. If you're willing to wait in line for a weekend brunch that impresses, Coca Cafe surely hits the mark.

Coca Cafe was located at 3811 Butler Street in Lawrenceville and closed in 2020.

For more brunch spots in Pittsburgh, check out The Grand Concourse, Pamela's, DiAnoia's, Lola's Eatery, Cafe on Main, or Bill's Bar and Burger.

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