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Now Lawrenceville offers the Spirit Sunday Brunch Buffet

The music venue and pizza shop expands into Sunday afternoon food, drink and DJs

If Spirit is where you spent the very late hours of Saturday night, it might also be the place to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Every week, the bar and music venue — which is also home to pizza shop Slice Island — hosts the Spirit Sunday Brunch Buffet from noon to 4 p.m. Pizza has a starring role here, but there’s plenty else to fill your plate.

On a recent Sunday, the impressive spread included a wide range of choices (a good number of them vegetarian or vegan), including biscuits and gravy, Greek yogurt and granola, quiche, roasted potatoes, sausage and four types of pizza. Frisée and farro salads helped to balance out all the carbs. The French toast “dunkers” in particular — essentially, pleasantly chewy pizza crust coated in cinnamon sugar — kept my crew going back for more. At $13 for all-you-can-eat, it wasn’t hard to get our money’s worth. As we ate, DJ Zombo kept the party atmosphere going with off-beat, brunch-friendly mashups. (A different DJ is featured each Sunday.)

Drinks are available a la carte, and several put a new spin on midday drinking. The mimosas are made with your choice of fresh orange, grapefruit or cucumber juice; Bloody Marys come in traditional red, green (made with tomatillo, jalapeño, pineapple, grapes and cucumber) and orange (carrot, orange, ginger, lemon). And you can round out your meal with a bottomless cup of coffee, brewed from beans roasted on site.

242 51st St., Lawrenceville. 412-586-4441 or

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