Pamela’s Diner Review – Pittsburgh’s Most Famous Pancakes

Posted By Angie in Eat & Drink


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Inside Pamela's in Squirrel Hill When it comes to great breakfasts in Pittsburgh, there is one restaurant that everyone talks about: Pamela's Diner. This restaurant chain is a Pittsburgh institution and has been feeding locals and visitors alike for well over thirty years.

Before getting into our review, we have to make a bit of a confession.  We'd be lying if we didn't admit that Pamela's is our go-to breakfast spot anytime we have friends and family visiting.  We'd also be lying if we didn't admit that we order the same thing every single time we go.

We suspect that you will, too.

All About Those Pancakes at Pamela's Diner

Pamela's Pancakes in Pittsburgh

The problem with Pamela's is that if you didn't know any better you may not give this unassuming diner a second thought.

The decor is straight out of the 1950s, the menu is standard diner fare, and if you're not there on a weekend to see the huge crowds you may never know that it is one of the most popular places in the city. But the second you try their pancakes your world will change.

Pamela's crepe-style pancakes are among the best we've ever had: the light and fluffy center is complimented by an insanely crispy edge for a textural pop you don't get in a traditional pancake.

Pamela's Pancakes in Pittsburgh

Once you become addicted to these pancakes, the only decision you'll have to make is not what you want to have for your meal, but rather what filling you would like. The filling options include strawberries/blueberries, brown sugar, and sour cream; bananas and walnuts; or bananas and chocolate chips- all are equally delicious.

One thing is for certain for all visitors who wish to take in this famous eatery: if you want to visit during standard breakfast hours, especially on weekends, expect a wait as lines are nearly always out the door.

Pamela's currently has six locations throughout Pittsburgh and is cash only.

Looking for more breakfast options in Pittsburgh? Check out The Porch in Oakland, Square Cafe in Regent Square, Cafe on Main in Sharpsburg, Johnny's Diner in the West End, or possibly brunch at Kaya Pittsburgh!

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2 Comments

  1. Hi I’m g of the p&g. Love your article. Thirty years and thirty pounds later I too have a few favorites. The hf/lyonnaise potatoes mixed with egg yolk is always wonderful. It’s bucket list. As is the hash corned beef and chorizo as well. I love all the pancakes but right now loving the choc chip little walnut crumble and plenty of whipped. Hold the banana.
    Just wanted to thank you again for your kind words. You are truly an interesting writer too.

    Gail

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    • Hi Gail, thanks for commenting and bringing so much delicious food to Pittsburgh. I’m looking forward to trying the hf/lyonnaise potatoes next time we go in addition to some of those addicting pancakes!

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