Though Chicago is where I make my home now, Pittsburgh has and always will be my city. And like any other place, there are restaurants and bakeries there that will never be bested simply because they're not the ones I grew up with. One of those places is Five Points Artisan Bakeshop, a warm, welcoming bakery in the midst of the Squirrel Hill and Point Breeze neighborhoods that opened just as I was about to graduate from Carnegie Mellon.
No trip home is complete without bread and pastries from Five Points, and it hasn't been since my (admittedly hipper than I am) dad discovered the bakery the fall of my senior year. We swung by on the way home to take fresh bread for dinner, and we've been going back as much as possible since. This haul included two perfectly crisp baguettes, a seeded fougasse that explodes in flavor and crunch, and a mushroom quiche, and within a bite, I knew this visit had been worth it for bread alone.
If you're ever in Pittsburgh and you don't make your way to this bakery / haven, you're doing yourself a dis-service. Pittsburgh as a city has a food scene that's getting ever better, and this gem of a place is one of the standouts. Take it from someone who went like four times a week just for the sake of cookies and staving off senior year stress.
Five Points Artisan Bakeshop, 6520 Wilkins Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15217