Pittsburgh Restaurant Scene
We have recently become fans of Sewickley. There are new places popping up over the last couple of years and we are very happy with them. Looking for a few cold beers and some good bar food? Try Sidelines or Sharp Edge. Want a romantic quiet dinner out with your significant other? Can’t go wrong with Vivo or the Sewickley Hotel. On a health kick and want a fresh juice pick-me-up? Salud Juicery is where you wanna be. Maybe you need a caterer or even a quick lunch? B Gourmet has what you need. All of these places are on or right off of Beaver St and in walking distance to one another. It’s a wonderful tight-knit community. Oh, they even have a great cigar store (El Fumador) and a nice Wine&Spirits Store. BONUS!
One night while we were walking to our car from a night out at Sidelines we noticed a small French Bistro spot called, Café des Amis. D and I both said, someday we need to remember to give it a shot for breakfast.
Well we finally made it to Café des Amis and there were bright spots and some not-so bright spots. It is small inside but lively and almost loud (doesn’t bother us, but might bother some). Décor is minimal. The menu hangs above the counter where you order, there is also 2 display cases showing desserts and a few pastries. The food is pretty standard fare; a few French “specialties” are spread out through the breakfast and lunch menus. There is quiche, Croque Monsieur, Salad de March, and crepes along with omelets, sandwiches, wraps and other salads.
After placing your order you take a card with a number to put at your table. If you ordered coffee, you get it yourself. Be sure to grab silverware and napkins, because they won’t bring any to you.
The food was good; I had a sausage and cheddar omelet and a cinnamon/sugar doughnut. Nothing fancy or out of the ordinary.
D went with the French Toast which was made with a baguette, (nice touch, it was dense and had a good chewy texture) and instead of syrup they top the toast with bananas and caramel. The French Toast was the clear winner of the food. The breakfast potatoes were ok; not crunchy or browned, almost like boiled potatoes with a touch of seasoning. They need to try something different for the potato option.
The one thing that I loved about Café des Amis was that everyone seemed to know each other. Families were saying hello to the servers, cooks were coming out to catch up with friends. We were “outsiders” and knew no one, but it was still nice to see that the community supports this restaurant so strongly.
Café des Amis will not be one of our new go-to spots but it is a solid choice if you are in the area. The food is solid and satisfying, the service is friendly and the atmosphere is great. More neighborhoods need restaurants like this, where locals go and hang out.
Café des Amis
Also on Facebook (not a great page though)
443 Division St
Sewickley, PA 15143
Dine-in or carry-out