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3703 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3408 (Central Oakland)
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Ranked #31 of 1,883 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $15
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: Central Oakland
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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English first
Furlong, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Get there early and get there often! Just the perfect breakfast spot...fast service, great food served hot, amazing and caring staff, and well priced! Cannot wait to go back! Definitely a must go when visiting Pitt or CM. Awesome spot!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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61 reviews 61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Love Pamela's and love taking family and friends from out of town so they can rave about it too! I had basic eggs and potatoes. The potatoes are always amazing. Eggs are eggs and the meats at Pamela's are just ok, IMO. But my family got some of the fancier stuff, the hot cakes and such and as always...they can't... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Pamela's Diner is a Pittsburgh tradition and serves up great breakfasts in all 4 locations: Shadyside, Squirrel Hill,Millvale and The Strip District. Know for their famous pancakes, President Obama visited the Strip location last year and raved about this specialty! Not to be missed: Gail's Eggs, and great Corned Beef Hash. A must for breakfast when visiting!

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

For all the eateries on bustling Forbes Ave the strip is lacking in breakfast options. There are plenty of coffee shops but the only place we saw to get a traditional eggs & bacon kind of breakfast is Pamelas Diner and thank goodness that it’s there. The tables are a little tight but even on a busy Sunday morning the... More

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Situated on the Pitt campus, Pamela's enjoys a loyal following among the Pitt faithful. Most schools have a place that defines the cheap breakfast experience on campus and Pamela's serves this role for Pitt. The pancakes here are the go-to for breakfast. They are unique in their style. I kind of liken them to a "pan-crepe". You know this is... More

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Lancaster, Kentucky
16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We visited for the first time in Feb 2011- everyone in the party got either the Strawberry Hotcakes with brown sugar and sour cream, or the Chocolate Chip Banana Hotcakes. Oh. My. They were absolutely delicious! They are a cross between pancakes and crepes, and we all devoured them. Most recent visit was Sept. 2014, and Pamela's did not disappoint.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I was told by a couple of people to try Pamela's. The food was ok. But your typical diner food. I know it can't be helped, but there seemed to be a lot of flys inside. The place was busy, so clearly I'm missing something. I will also be missing this stop next time in town.

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new mexico
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182 reviews 182 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

You can't say you've been to Pittsburgh unless you've eaten at Pamela's. And, yes, Pamela's is known for its crepe-like pancakes (pancake-like crepes?) which are delicious, utterly delicious. We went on a Sunday morning just before a Steelers home game. Somehow I doubt it is any less crowded any other weekend. Fortunately the wait was short and the service was... More

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New York City, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Everyone talks about the pancakes and all I have to say is that even weeks later I am still craving those pancakes. I got a side of ham steak with mine and all I can say is that the ham steak was really tasty and it was a good size portion!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My son took me to Pamela's for breakfast yesterday. The breakfast was so good. If we had gone earlier during my visit I would have gone back a second or third time. Try the specialty pancake style crepes. . . Blueberries and creme was so good yesterday.

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