Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which means SP has a work holiday. Today is also the first day of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week. We decided to venture out in the warmer & somewhat sunny weather in order to try a new place for lunch: The Cozy Cafe.
PRW special is 2 sandwiches, 2 sides, and 2 beverages for $20. When we found out the soup of the day was a potato soup, we knew right away that was going to be one of our sides:
For our other side we chose a salad:
The menu we saw was a bit smaller than the menu online, plus there were some items on it that are not on the online menu. Perhaps the sandwiches change on a daily basis? Whatever the case, there were still more than enough options. We decided to order sandwiches we both would enjoy so we could share.
First, this one:
I also loved the plates. The patterns seemed so... cozy!
Cozy is definitely a good word to describe this cafe. Friendly. Family business. Those are also great words to describe it. SP & I were talking on our drive home and we aren't quite sure how to put into words what it felt like there, the atmosphere, but it was different from anywhere we've been in Pittsburgh. That's not to say this place is oh so unique or that something similar doesn't exist in Pittsburgh, we've certainly been in similar cozy cafes in other cities, but this place isn't just a coffee shop, not a bakery, not just take out, not a bar, diner hours but not a diner, cozier and friendlier than a chain sandwich/coffee/tea place... we just really liked it and we are very glad we at last went today. We would love to go again, the only thing stopping us is that The Cozy Cafe has diner hours (Monday-Friday 7 am - 3 pm, Saturday. 8 am - 2 pm) so we cannot go for a quick dinner after work, and since SP works in the city, we cannot stop in for breakfast or lunch. We'll have to make an effort to get there for Saturday breakfast/lunch!