The Dor-Stop is widely known as one of the most valuable hidden gems of the South Hills borough of Dormont. Patrons travel far and wide for the great food, great atmosphere, and great people.
Okay, so full-disclosure, it’s not exactly a “hidden gem” anymore, having been welcomed to “flavortown” by the Food Network’s own Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives in 2008. Since then, it has been established as a Pittsburgh original for its classic, homey feel–and of course, its famous french toast and hotcakes.
When you first arrive at the Dor-Stop on a Saturday or Sunday morning, you see a crowd of hungry patrons, laughing, socializing, and planning their upcoming activities. The size of the crowd isn’t surprising to the regulars, as the Dor-Stop’s popularity with locals reaches its peak on weekends. But don’t be alarmed. You’ll be inside and eating much faster than you think. That’s one of the features of this little breakfast joint that makes it so special–you feel welcomed and paid attention to, inside the place and out.
Once you sidle your way through the door and into a small waiting area, you’re greeted by a host of Trib “Readers’ Choice” awards and other Pittsburgh media features, TripAdvisor recommendations, and even a signed photograph featuring a cast member of the Emmy-winning hit series, The Walking Dead. A few bar seats seem crammed against the waiting crowd, but the patrons don’t seem to mind; they seem to like the cozy feel. If you don’t make your way inside to wait, that’s okay; you’ll get a call outside when your seat is ready, and in the meantime, you might take note of the other interesting shops and eateries that the quaint neighborhood of Dormont has to offer.
Once you sit down, it’s refreshing the amount of attention you get from your server. The dining room is often packed, but the Dor-Stop finds just the right balance between staff and customers that you neither feel forgotten nor hurried. Servers can show their patrons equal attention, allowing them to eat at their own pace while still somehow ushering in new customers without making the existing ones feel rushed.
Guy Fieri’s face still pops out from the menu, which is a manageable three-pages with a good deal of variety. After browsing omelets, hotcakes, and even sandwiches, we settled on Irish Benedict (corned beef and eggs on Italian toast and home fries, smothered in hollandaise sauce) and a classic order of french toast. The portions are generous and the food is delightful. The overall feel is rustic and homely, combining the prices and atmosphere of a beloved greasy-spoon diner with the class and taste of a high-dollar artisan bistro.
The experience at the Dor-Stop leaves you with a sense of pride. If you’ve seen the Dor-Stop on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, you get the feeling you are stepping into a bit of Pittsburgh fame. This little corner stop is a choice diner to hit up for an early-morning breakfast or lazy Sunday brunch, if you’re looking to get a taste of a homestyle diner, right in the heart of one of Pittsburgh’s most famous boroughs.
Be sure to learn more about the Dor-Stop at: http://thedorstoprestaurant.com/
Hours: Mon-Sat 6am-3pm; Sun 8am-2pm