B52 Cafe

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5202 Butler St (at Upper Lawrenceville), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 15201

Vegan cafe opened Jan 2016 in Upper Lawrenceville. Offers a fusion of American and Middle Eastern cuisine, house baked goods, and a full service espresso bar. There is seating for 35, including a bar, and a to-go section. During the week breakfast is served until 11am, on the weekend brunch. Open Mon-Fri 8:00am-9:00pm, Sat 9:00am-9:00pm, Sun 9:00am-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Mediterranean, Take-out, Bakery, Fusion, Middle Eastern

22 Reviews

First Review by patocentron

Great Falafel! - Edit

Definitely very good vegan Mediterranean food, the spinach pie was divine, we also had a falafel sandwich, and the Kebab, we got some chocolates to go and the salted caramels were SO tasty.
The service was also fantastic and the place itself was super cute and comfortable. Might go back again before we leave Pittsburgh!

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all vegan, all right! - Edit

Fancy vegan place but worth it. Haven’t had a bad meal here. You won’t be disappointed.

Cons: pricey but worth it

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Amazing! - Edit

Great food. I have never been disappointed in coming here.

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excellent food - Edit

fast & frendly service , plus great vegan choices.

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in love - Edit

This place is ahhhhhazing. Everythingso good.

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right on! - Edit

I come here every time I'm in Pittsburgh, today I had for brunch a fabulous broccoli and 'cheese' soup together with toast piled with the best cashew cheese, a mouth-watering olive tapenade and tomato, plus one of their signature lattkes (like a hash brown). And their blood orange with basil, and their tamarind sodas, are superb.

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our favorite haunt - Edit

We go about once a week. The vegan moussaka is perfect. My kids love the pancakes and lentil soup. The fries are delicious!

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Holy %#!*! - Edit

I'm obsessed with this place. High quality ingredients. Everything is made from scratch. Best falafel ever. Best baba on the continent. Coffee is awesome. Kombucha wasn't my thing...UNTIL I tried it here on tap. This place impresses me more every time I go. Best of all - the whole place is vegan!

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Vegan Delight - Edit

My SO and I ate here one Sunday while in Pittsburgh. There are no strictly vegan restaurants where I live, so I'm always happy to find one when out and about. He had the tofu scramble and I had babaganouj and the cashew cheese flatbread. It was all delicious. We sat at the communal table and the other diners were so friendly. We had a great experience. The truffles and desserts looked delicious too but we were too stuffed to try any. We'll be back for that though. Highly recommend checking this place out.

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Best Vegan food we had in Pittsburgh - Edit

Although this place is small, it came through with great vegan vittles. There were only 2 seats left at lunch time when we arrived. I had the scrambled tofu (which came with 2 latkes (potato pancakes) and sauted kale and shiitake mushrooms.) while my wife had baba ganoush, falafels and fried cauliflower with pita. We both agreed that the tofu scramble was the better of the two, but enjoyed all the food as the best vegan we had in Pittsburgh.

Pros: ample vegan options, very good food, all vegan restaurant

Cons: very small, limited seating

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Best Meal in Pittsburgh - Edit

I was really blown away by my dinner at B52. I had expected to like it as I always enjoy this style cuisine and it is often quite vegan friendly as-is, but this was amazing. My husband and I ordered way too much food and devoured it all. We started by splitting the fried cauliflower with tahini sauce and the labneh (fermented cashews, mint, za'tar) with pita. The labneh in particular was fabulous. I have never had the non-vegan version, but this was so good.
We also split the seitan kabob plate and the cashew cheese flat bread. The seitan in particular was very well seasoned and fantastic, but everything was very good. We were too full for dessert, but they had chocolates and cake available.

Pros: Food is fantastic, Great takes on traditionally non-vegan dishes

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Amazing - Edit

I've gotten everything on this menu and it is all amazing!!! There baklava is amazing!!!

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very good !! - Edit

Staff is extremely nice , small place but worth the wait and very good food. Their baklava is amazing !!!!

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Great Experience and Atmosphere - Edit

I spent part of an afternoon/evening studying and enjoying the B-52 Cafe. The staff was so friendly and helpful. I'm not vegan, but my boyfriend is. I personally love cheese, so that has been the biggest food that I "miss." The cashew cheese here is amazing. Seriously. I bought some to take home because it was so lovely. I ordered one of their pitas and enjoyed it immensely.

The other cool thing that they have is house made sodas and flavored kombucha.

I highly recommend checking this place out.

Pros: friendly staff, great food, cute vibe

Cons: pricey for a poor college student

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Elegant Comfort - Edit

Amazing Sunday brunch! We shared the Tofu Kafta Scramble and from the Mezze menu: Fried Cauliflower, Labneh, and Falafel. We couldn't be happier. But next time we come through town, maybe we will get all 6 items on the Mezze menu. The coffee is delicious, and so is the Cafe Rico, an almond milk latte with cinnamon and orange. I also asked them to wrap us up a couple vegan truffles for later.

Pros: Delicious Eastern European and all Vegan!!

Cons: Busy and a bit loud; totally worth it

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B52 is the Bee's Knees - Edit

ALL-VEGAN, EVERYTHING!

B52 opened in January 2016 to widespread arms and excited appetites, grabbing headlines of local magazines and newspapers as one of the 1st 100% vegan establishments in the city of Pittsburgh.

B52 is the concept of Omar Abuhejleh, who also owns Allegro Hearth Bakery in Squirrel Hill. The cafe is located at the corner of Butler and 52nd in Lawrenceville, hence the name.

B52 offers an amazing fusion of Middle-Eastern and American scratch cooked whole food.

We began our meal with a seasonal special coffee drink and a classic cappuccino. The Cafe Rico is 2 shots of espresso with Tahitian vanilla beans, expressed orange oil, cinnamon and house-made almond milk – creamy and thick, one of the best dairy-free frothed coffee drinks we’ve tasted. Lush. Not too sugar sweet, instead naturally sweetened by the vanilla, cinnamon and orange. Balanced, with appropriate caffeine kick. A splendid aperitif. Filling but well worth it.

The Cappuccino, like the Cafe Rico, is one of the greatest dairy-free frothed drinks we’ve experienced, ever! Loads of body, a cushy merengue-like froth, sweet chewable air. (Mouth Feels ftw!)

We decided on the Mezzo: Taste 3 (three sides with a basket of soft pita) and the Kofta Tofu Scramble.

Baba Ghanouj – smoked applewood eggplant, tahini, garlic and lemon. OMG! Best baba we’ve ever tasted. The applewood smoke makes this! Creamy, dreamy, savory!

Labneh – Fermented cashew, mint and za’atar. There are feta and goat qualities to this nut cheese but the taste is more yoghurt. Tangy and super smooth.

Fried Tomatoes – garlic, zhoug and tahini sauce. A stewed tomato consistency. Zhoug is a piquantly refreshing puree of parsley, cilantro, cumin, salt and green chiles. The tahini added a rich hit that mellowed nicely with the creaminess of the fried tomato.

Kofta Tofu Scramble – seitan kofta, spicy minced seitan. The tofu scramble was a low-key but unique take on the common vegan breakfast dish. This was more like a soft scramble, easter peep yellow, understated flavor. It was different but welcome! Served with a side of whole leaves of wilted kale and seasoned, crispy pita. A balanced plate built with love.

OMG B52 is 2DOPE!!! 4Ever!!!



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Pros: ALL-VEGAN, EVERYTHING!, Nitro Coffee!!!, Amazing Food

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Cozy, Comfy, Creative!! - Edit

We travel a lot for work and eat on the road all the time. Their Chai Latte was incredible. Their latkes and tofu was exceptionally original and their hot sauce (not too spicey if that's your worry!!) is out of this world delicious!! Top it off with a homemade Vegan dessert, what more can you ask for??

Pros: Food quality, Taste, Creativity

Cons: Menu needs a rebrand

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fantastic - Edit

Had a very nice lunch here. The staff was all very friendly and the food was delicious. Had my first ever vegan shawarma. Amazing. They also have a fridge of cashew cheeses and hummus and other things that you can buy and take home. Their homemade kombucha was great as well. Definitely recommend. Prices weren't bad either.

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awesome! - Edit

This was our second choice for lunch today. This is a holiday weekend and number one was closed and this was an awesome second. We were here on a Sunday, so it was the brunch menu. We did the small plates, hummus, falafel, cauliflower and the cheese dip. All were excellent, I would skip the cheese one, it was the lesser of the others. We also enjoyed the flatbread with shiitake mushrooms and greens. Very tasty!! House Made kombuchu was great. Worth seeking this place out. Also it was Sunday and we arrived around 1pm and very busy. We sat at the community table and it was very nice

Pros: great services, selection and everything is made in house, wide selection of house made drinks

Cons: parking, busy on Sunday's

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Ok - Edit

I ventured out this way because this is a vegan cafe, and I had to make my rounds. I had a great tea-latte. The falafel salad was better than expected, but a little higher-priced. Had a cinnamon roll... was medium. Friendly service though and clean. Plenty of eat-in seats, and they will wait on you. Limited baked goods.

Pros: Friendly, All vegan

Cons: Limited breakfast options, Limited baked goods, No gluten-free baked goods

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Excellent Restaurant!! - Edit

Great vegetarian food. Food looks healthy and tastes great! Strongly recommend this place

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Great food! - Edit

The food is amazing, great service and ambience too!

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