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3703 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3408 (Central Oakland)
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Ranked #31 of 1,880 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Neighborhood: Central Oakland
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124 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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English first
Columbia, MD
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84 reviews 84 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We stopped by on a Sunday morning, and the place was jumping! People were lined up out the door. They found a table for us fairly quickly , and we enjoyed a nice breakfast. The service was a bit slow, due to the big crowd, but the wait staff was friendly and efficient. The kitchen was a bit slow. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My kids & I liked the pancakes so much, we're going back tomorrow. Cash only is always a little frustrating, but I'll compromise for Pamela's.

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Abingdon, Maryland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Went here on recommendation of a friend who grew up in Pittsburgh. The food is good, but nothing very different from ordinary diner food. I think this place really relies on its kitschy decorations to stand out from the crowd, but all I really noticed was how little space we had! We went on a Sunday morning and were packed... More

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70 reviews 70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The place is cute, food wonderful, service charming. I had a mexican omlete that was tasty and colorful. The potatoes are to die for. They only take cash... so get some before you go. Well worth it!

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Churchville, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went to Pamela's based on TA recommendation and not disappointed. Food was good, service was even better. Some in our party did have the crepe pancakes which I tasted, and... they were delish! Def agree with all the reviews about the them. The eggs and potatoes where fine as well. The server was beyond friendly and made the meal all... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My friends and I went to Pamela's to try it out since we had heard so many wonderful things about it. The food was fabulous but our server never came back to ask us if our food was ok or even if we needed a refill on our drinks. Before leaving we went to use the restroom and the servers... More

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Lancaster, PA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We went to Pamela's based on TA reviews. Since we are not overly familiar with the area we asked one of our Univ of Pitt tour guides where Pamela's was located. She knew right where it was and said it was a favorite stop of the Pitt students. We got to Pamela's before it opened on a Friday morning and... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is such a simple and fabulous place! We loved how comfortable it was, the décor was fun to look at (all the old games brought back some great memories and stories), and the food was so good! I have to recommend the chorizo because I've never had any quite like this before...unique and so tasty. Also the lyonnaise potatoes... More

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

You have to go to this quirky diner just for the to die for home fries. The waffles were top notch as well. If you go for breakfast during peak time, expect to wait outside, this place is super popular. Decor is odd but I didn't care, just wanted an extra order of potatoes.

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We were referred to Pam's by a few locals in town...This one is near the University of Pittsburgh. The food and service were great! Expect to wait for a table, but well worth it!

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