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Pamela's

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5527 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232-2350
(412) 683-1003
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 40
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  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Cash only! Great spot

So the wait for breakfast was longer than expected, but was worthwhile. This is a tightly packed little greasy spoon of a spot that delivers a great breakfast experience. People apparently come for the pancakes and potatoes, but I'm recommending the tex mex omelet as well. Fast service and very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
MayorBee75
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
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360 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

So the wait for breakfast was longer than expected, but was worthwhile. This is a tightly packed little greasy spoon of a spot that delivers a great breakfast experience. People apparently come for the pancakes and potatoes, but I'm recommending the tex mex omelet as well. Fast service and very affordable as well. Bring cash for your check as they... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

***CASH ONLY*** Get there right get when they open on Saturday at 8, there was a line already. Portions were bigger than we expected. Definitely could've split a breakfast. Flavor and presentation was great, service was great. When we left at 8:45 there were getting ready to start a waiting list.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

If you go to the "Strip" in Pittsburgh, PA, you must pay a visit to Pamala's. With it's 1950's Retro decor and HUGE breakfast platters, the place is packed around mealtime hours. Breakfasts are wonderful and large and hot! Specialties are their Lionized (sp) potatoes which come on a separate plate from the rest of the meal. (That's how much... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I visited here for breakfast - the pancakes had been strongly recommended. I have to say I was very disappointed. The overall surroundings are a bit grubby - not unpleasant, just nothing to recommend it. The pancakes themselves were very greasy - to the extent that I ate less that half what was served. Reading the reviews it seems many... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The banana chocolate chip pancakes were amazing. Very fast service. Large portions. Glad that trip advisor led us there

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

We went to Pamela's for breakfast twice, once on the Strip & again in Shady Side. Both were fantastic. Quick friendly service, and awesome food (make sure to have the potatoes as your side), and super cheap. Would definitely recommend for breakfast, but if you're going to the strip on the weekend, go early as there may be a line... More 

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New York
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100 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

My wife ordered the pancakes for breakfast, and we've never had anything quite so good. Of course, we didn't want to know how many calories they were. Melt in your mouth, sweet and tasty, and nothing like it anywhere else we've been. I had the eggs, or French toast, don't remember now, but everything was superb. Tables are scrunched together,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

My coworkers and I eat here regularly for our Saturday morning breakfasts. Everything I have had here is wonderful. The potatoes, the pancakes, and the atmosphere make it a local favorite. I would recommend it highly to anyone who likes good company and good food, everyone there is always friendly and dedicated.

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Pottsville, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We had heard of Pamela's and were able to eat there for the first time. There was a line but it moved quickly. Seating is tight but it gives to the atmosphere. The breakfast was absolutely delicious! I had the banana and chocolate chip stuffed pancakes and they were heavenly. My husband had the classic eggs, toast, bacon, and hash... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I love my pancakes thin and crispy. These were the best pancakes I've ever had. The homemade syrup didn't hurt either. Definitely a quick and delicious place to eat.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5527 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232-2350
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Pittsburgh>  > Shadyside
  • Neighborhood: Shadyside
  • Phone Number: (412) 683-1003

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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