The Strip District is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. Lots of restaurants and markets, bursting with local flavor. Authentic Pittsburgh goodness. I had brunch at Marty’s Market with Christine on a sunny Saturday morning. Christine is an architecture professor/mentor/friend of mine, and I haven’t seen her since 2010. It was time for a long overdue catch up session, and brunch is always perfect for that! If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I have a special love for brunch and a weakness for poached eggs. Everything about Marty’s market, from the seasonal menu to the modern market space is right up my alley. They also have a number of vegetarian options. Obviously, I couldn’t turn down the Eggs Florentine ($8). Poached organic eggs, spinach, and hollandaise sauce on an English muffin. I’ve never seen such pale hollandaise, but it was still flavorful and creamy. I satisfied my craving for freshly squeezed orange juice. I also ordered a side of their house vegan sausage ($3.50). The “sausage” patties were nicely browned and very meaty. I don’t know what all the ingredients are, but the fennel definitely makes a big difference. I took one patty to go so John could try it too. He loved Marty’s vegan sausage too!