Grandma B's is a down home diner located in Pittsburgh's Hill District. Like most greasy spoons, this spot doesn't look like much on the outside. But don't let that fool you – inside is a huge well-seasoned griddle cooking up a menu full of classic diner plates. On top of all that, the staff are as friendly and delightful as they come.
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The restaurant is long and narrow with the majority of the seating at the long diner counter. If there's room, grab a spot at the counter to watch the action at the griddle and chat with the cooks.
On our visit on a recent Sunday morning, the place was so packed we had to settle for a table next to the counter. But we were lucky that the staff still made time to chat with us. The Pirates shirt Jeremy was wearing sparked some conversation, laughs, and commiseration at yet another lousy season.
The menu is pretty much what you'd expect for a corner diner. Breakfast-focused items include eggs, pancakes, breakfast meats, french toast, and omelettes, while lunch dishes lean towards sandwiches like burgers, hoagies, and cheese steaks.
Jeremy tried the Big G Combo which was a huge breakfast consisting of three hotcakes, choice of grits or home fries, and kielbasa and eggs. The hotcakes had a beautiful marbling from the griddle. They weren't too thin or thick, and they were deliciously tender and fluffy. The kielbasa was an interesting and tasty addition to the breakfast plate, and the home fries had a nice crispness and seasoning from the griddle.
I was in a sweet breakfast mood so I ordered the french toast with a side of grits. You know how french toast can get dried out and bland? This french toast was the exact opposite of that. The bread was insanely moist from a lengthy soak in the egg and cinnamon batter, and it was cooked to perfection and topped with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.
While the food was solid and we scarfed it all down, the dishes weren't necessarily anything much more mind-blowing than what you could make at home. But then again, that's not really why you go to a diner like Grandma B's.
Instead, check out this place for its atmosphere, good conversations, and a meal prepared with heart and soul.
Grandma B's is located at 2537 Wylie Avenue in the Hill District.
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