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Get excited, Pittsburgh: popular pop-up bakery Pigeon Bagels now has its very own storefront. That’s right, Steel City native Gabrielle Taube is now rolling her famous scratch-made bagels in a charming red brick building in Squirrel Hill.
The menu centers around traditional bagels and spreads, but they have some specialized options for different dietary needs. One menu item that has the plant-based crowd cheering is the vegan lox bagel, crafted from smoked carrot lox (no salmon involved!), red onions, capers, and a tofu schmear. The dairy-free spreads are also available on their traditional bagels for anyone not feeling adventurous enough for the lox or any of the other suggested toppings. Bonus: everything on the menu is kosher certified.
In addition to bagels, Pigeon is also brewing drinks from Redhawk Coffee in Oakland. Redhawk is one of the many local retailers that has been distributing Pigeon bagels out of their shops, alongside other area favorites like Zeke’s Coffee, Artisan Café, Espresso a Mano, and more.
Taube (which translates to “pigeon” in German), has been baking her handmade bagels for coffee shops and farmers markets since 2017, but she’s never had her own space… until now. Her former production zone was the kitchen of a Mount Lebanon pizza shop, where Taube and her team would spend all night getting bagels ready for the morning — sometimes producing around 1,000 in one night, only to sell out during a weekend farmers market rush.
The new shop can be found on Hobart St., and is open 7am-2pm, Wednesday – Sunday. But don’t count on dining in, because the location is takeout only. They don’t plan to continue with their pop-ups at local farmers markets, but you will still be able to find their fresh bagels in over twenty coffee shops around the city. So whether you get ‘em hot from the oven or with your morning roast, there has never been a better time to try out the Burgh’s newest bagel resident.