Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pamela's Diner- Restaurant Review

Pamela's Diner, a Pittsburgh hot spot at all of its 6 locations, has repeatedly been voted the best place in the city for breakfast and/or brunch for years. This morning, I had a stomach growling hankering for a Sunday brunch that brought me to the original Pamela's location in Millvale. Millvale is a quaint Pittsburgh neighborhood off of Rt. 28. This neighborhood always strikes me a little place that could have once been the backdrop to a Norman Rockwell painting. The decor in Pamela's P & G did not venture far from Rockwell-ian ambiance of the neighborhood. With a working pharmacy inside, and traditional diner style bar, soda shop trinkets, and antique colored glass bottles lining the walls, it's almost like a step back to a simpler time.

Always bustling with hungry customers and busy servers, you'll often find a long line - sometimes even out the door - at Pamela's. I've said it once, and I'll say it again - lots of people and long lines are good signs. One bite of these lip smacking breakfast favorites, and you'll know why. Now, these pictures may not look like much - run of the mill diner breakfasts even - but I assure you, the beauty is found within.What to order... what to order... how nice that this was the most difficult decision I had to make today. My dining partner and boyfriend, Ross, and I opted for a customary order of eggs, home fries, and breakfast meat, and then split a short stack for "dessert". I ordered 2 scrambled eggs with cheese, home fries, sausage, and wheat toast. The eggs were fluffy and topped with creamy melted cheese. The home fries were awesome, and frankly I am stumped as to what the secret ingredient and/or cooking technique might be. They're just great. Ross had an order of perfectly cooked over-easy eggs with home fries and a thick off-the-bone slice of ham.

And now for the hotcakes. Ah yes, Pamela's hotcakes. Pamela's has been serving up their crepe style hotcakes since 1980. The pancakes were quite honestly, the best freaking pancakes I've ever had. What I like best about them is that they were super thin - quite a diversion from the tall fluffy stack you may remember from your childhood. The crispy edges combined with sweet simplicity of the maple syrup made it taste almost like candy.

But don't take my word for it. Pamela's is so good, that even the Obama's make Pamela's Diner a must stop whenever they visit Pittsburgh. They loved the pancakes so much, that the owner's of Pamela's, Gayle Klingensmith and Pam Cohen, were invited to the white house in 2009 to cook their famous flapjacks for the president and dozens of American troops on Memorial Day. First Lady, Michelle Obama visited the Millvale location during the fall of 2009 - in connection with the Pittsburgh G20 Summit - for a short stack before heading downtown to greet various world leaders and their spouses. Now this is obviously a lady with good taste, as she also shares my affinity for J.Crew.

Stop by a Pamela's Diner in either The Strip District, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Millvale, Oakland, or Mt. Lebanon, and see for yourself!

P.S. Pamela's also serves lunch! Salads, wrap, sandwiches, burgers and more!
Pamela's P & G Diner on Urbanspoon


Anonymous said...

Thanks Molly. It's always wonderful to hear we made somebody happy. Pam &Gail

Bill Park said...

The pancakes, along with an order of lyonised potatoes and a side of bacon, make a wonderful breakfast. I've spent many hours in line, and enjoyed sharing the Strip District location with visitors to Pittsburgh. As a long time Squirrel Hill resident and former Papa Joe's devotee, I only wish that they sold the pancake mix, because now that I've retired and moved to Florida, I just can't eat 'normal' pancakes!

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