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Not Your Typical Breakfast: Bakn Serves Up Brunch-style Meals with Flair

Jul 07, 2018 04:17PM ● By Vanessa Orr

If you’ve ever wished that brunch wasn’t just served on a Sunday, you’re going to love Bakn, which opened in the North Hills on Fowler Road in Warrendale three weeks ago. The brainchild of Chef Randy Tozzie and Susan McMahon, who also own Bakn in Carnegie, the restaurant offers a wealth of dishes to sate even the most ardent porkophile. 

Take, for example, the Bakn Flight, which is truly a thing of beauty. The appetizer includes six pieces of bacon prepared in different ways, including applewood smoked, barbecue, Cajun, candied, peppered and sriracha. The crispy pork belly taco, covered in a tangy slaw, picked red onion and pineapple aioli, is a delicious take on the typical Mexican fare, and you can even accompany it with a Bakn martini, made with house bakn-infused vodka. 

Breakfast-style flatbreads come covered in bacon, or you can choose non-bacon options (though why would you?) like fig & bleu and caprese—with ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil aioli, balsamic glaze and dressed arugula. There are also other options for those who don’t want pork, or even meat; Bakn offers a vegetarian sandwich featuring grilled marinated zucchini, squash, onion, bell pepper, dressed arugula, fresh mozzarella, and balsamic aioli on whole grain, as well as entrees like pan-seared salmon.

The restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, including herbs grown in its rooftop garden, and honey made by Bakn bees in a rooftop hive. 

According to Chef Randy, it just made sense to open a restaurant focused on the pork product. “Who doesn’t need bacon in their life?” he asked. “Most people just have an innate love of bacon—either eating it, being around it, or loving someone who loves it.”

He adds that Bakn’s clientele is varied, and includes millennials who come for the cool atmosphere, 80s music and fun drinks, and families who can’t get enough of the chocolate chip or berry pancakes.

McMahon, who works as a cosmetic dentist in Pittsburgh and Chicago, added that it’s a great way to get away from the stresses of everyday life. “Because we serve brunch all day, it’s a really relaxed place to come hang with your friends and family and enjoy Bloody Marys and mimosas, along with bacon stuffed pancakes,” she said. “It’s just a fun place to be.”

Bakn is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (9 p.m. on Sundays). To see a menu, visit www.eatbakn.com.