My aunt and I decided to try out Bufford’s Kitchen, a newish spot in Pittsburgh located near the now, PPG Paints Arena. Out of the three, we attended the downtown location, which means metered street parking.
Understand we love eating, shopping and simply being social. Therefor, staying “hip” she recommended Bufford and from there we made out way downtown. While entering this space, the first thing you notice is all the metal and wood used all around the restaurant which was pretty nice.
“Oh, check this place out!” I said out loud.
The place was fairly empty, but it was early and only two other tables were consumed with customers. This was ok because it just meant we had more time to chat with our wonderful waitress and waiter in training. We went back and forth with our menu selections while taking suggestions from the staff and together decided to get the Our Soon To Be Famous French Toast and the Shrimp & Grits Bowl that consisted of cajun seasoned shrimp with a bbq butter sauce, egg and topped with cheddar cheese.
“Did you like it?” I asked. She did, which is great!
As for myself I actually do not eat cheese in grits so it wasn’t a wonderful mouth experience, but it was fine, different. I’ve mentioned cheese in my breakfast in the past and it’s just not my thing, but was open to try once again. The butter sauce also too greasy and made sick. I could feel my stomach beginning to turn once we left. Thank God for the lemon water! The shrimp itself was pretty good.
As far as the french toast, I’ve had much better. Not sure if the menu title is appropriate <lol> but I wish them the best. The bread the ok, not dry, but not buttery and tasty. It was missing something…maybe cinnamon or nutmeg? It seems a lot of restaurants do not flavor their food unless it’s a family owned spot who really understands what their people want. Maybe that’s more of what I want, mom and pop spots?
I still want you to try this place out. Why? The customer service was awesome, it’s very clean, they seem to have great drinks at the bar, breakfast is served all day and it’s simply another cool place to visit whenever downtown.
Amenities (parking, location, seating, menu selections, etc) **
Customer Service (greeted, helpful, polite, checking-in, etc) ***
Experience (themed, music, atmosphere, energy, etc) ***
Want to try croissant french toast?
Croissant French Toast
4 old croissants
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- Slice croissants in half (or not, personal preference)
- In a bowl or shallow dish, stir together milk, eggs and vanilla
- Dip croissant halves into one at a time into egg mixture. Make sure it’s nicely coated and moist.
- Melt butter in large skillet/frying pan over medium heat. Once warm, place croissants in pan, allowing to cook about 2-3 minuets on each side or until golden brown to your liking.
Love fruit or other toppings? I do! Consider topping with whipping cream, strawberries, berries or glazed bananas. Enjoy!