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Illustrated food, fashion, and drink tour of the South Side

click to enlarge Illustrated food, fashion, and drink tour of the South Side
CP Illustrations: Abbie Adams

Gabriella's Gourmet
First stop: coffee. Put some pep in your (possibly hungover) step with a caffeine boost from this mom-and-pop joint. 301 E. Carson St., South Side

The Color Park
Feeling awake? Channel that energy into a brisk morning stroll to one of Pittsburgh’s most vibrant community spots, The Color Park. The once-grey portion of the riverwalk is now a bright, positive, beloved South Side spot, all thanks to artist Baron Batch who painted the public piece in 2015. 1 S. Sixth St., South Side

The Urban Tap
A short walk down the riverfront trail brings you back to brunch. Just up Carson Street is your next stop: The Urban Tap. Check out the Bloody Mary bar and brunch shareables. Who can say no to breakfast nachos? 1209 E. Carson St., South Side

Buffalo Exchange, South Bank Gallery, Three Rivers Vintage
Full? Take a break and test your thrifting skills. Shop trends at Buffalo Exchange or clothes from another decade at Three Rivers Vintage. If your closet is already full, explore the eclectic treasures inside South Bank Gallery. Buffalo Exchange. 1214 E. Carson St., South Side; Three Rivers Vintage. 1716 E. Carson St., South Side; South Bank Gallery. 1300 E. Carson St., South Side

Piper’s Pub & Just Good Doughnuts
There’s always a game on at Piper’s Pub, a British Isles-style sports pub.  Stop in, grab an Irish coffee or pint of Guinness, and pull up a chair with your fellow soccer fans. Looking for something sweeter? Next door, The Pub Chip Shop, Piper’s sister restaurant, hosts Just Good Doughnuts every morning (until they’re sold out). These doughnuts are seriously insane. Try the Peanut Butter Bomb! 1828 E. Carson St., South Side

Bonfire is known for their genius use of a wood-fired oven. Think steak and eggs, pork belly grits, breakfast calzones, and — what better use of an open fire — s’mores pancakes. 2100 E. Carson St., South Side

La Palapa
Eating with one of your gluten free pals? Take a seat at La Palapa, a traditional Mexican restaurant. The menu goes beyond breakfast tacos; don’t miss the chilaquiles. And let’s be honest, there’s no bad time for a margarita. 2224 E. Carson St., South Side

The Zenith
Vegans and vegetarians head to The Zenith for their weekend brunch buffet. Walk off some of your buffet spoils in the restaurant’s other half, a funky art gallery and antique store. 86 S. 26th St., South Side

Nothing beats a classic diner breakfast and Nadine’s delivers this classic no-frills fare from an old-school bar. You can’t go wrong with a traditional eggs-and-toast combo, though Food Network star Guy Fieri has a different favorite: Na’s Pasta, covered in a mountain of sausage, salami, and ham. 19 S. 27th St., South Side