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“some things are wonderful”
Review of Lamplighter Cafe

Lamplighter Cafe
Ranked #6 of 19 Restaurants in Delmont
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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166 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“some things are wonderful”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

I have had many different menu items..French onion soup is a disappointment but chicken noodle is great. They have good salads, bread, pies are great.
It is somewhat dated but...takes you back to an older age. I find it clean and the wait staff. very friendly. It is a classic diner. The prices also reflect years gone by......very economical...My group of friends go there often. My husband loves their breakfast omlets.

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
Pittsburgh, United States
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76 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Good food for price, shabby/dirty environment”
Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Liver & onions done perfectly, and lots of it. Hubby said his steak cooked perfectly, too; but service very slow because chef overcooked first steak and had to cook new one. (Waitress told us that was why it was taking so long. So at least all of our food came out together, and we weren't served food that had to be sent back.) From- scratch mashed red potatoes were good. Extra gravy we asked for was lukewarm and could have been more flavorful. Sides of cooked veges were seasoned, bright and crisp.

Environment was dirty and carpet really needed to be cleaned. Pies are one of their big things--hello! It's a diner, after all--but more than once I saw servers stick their ungloved fingers in the pie plates. We passed on dessert.

Very reasonable prices, good down-home style food, and friendly servers--if you can get past the sanitation issues.

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Thank Kathleen R
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Clearwater, Florida
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“One of the worst restaurants I've ever eaten at.”
Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

I cannot, for the life of me, understand how this place got 4 stars.
First, I'll start with the place. We were there on a Thu night, and the place is divided in 2. A 'Nice, Upscale' area (in quotes, because the decor looked like it hasn't changed in 40 years), and a 'cafe' area that looked like a Waffle House. The 'upscale' area was closed so we had no choice than to go with the cafe area. Closed on a Thu night? That already made no sense and should have been our first warning.

Came there with family. We had 10 people which seemed to confuse them greatly, even though there was only a couple of other tables occupied. Definitely not busy, which should have been second warning. The place looked about as clean as you would expect it to be from the looks of it. In other words, a good cleaning would not hurt.

Based on the waitress's recommendation and previous review, I ordered their 'Famous Devonshire' with their the special cheeses sauce and French Onion bowl. Someone else ordered a French onion cup.
The cup didn't have any cheese, but the bowl did. Seriously? Why call it French Onion cup if it has no cheese. It's just Onion soup.
This was, by far, one of the worst dish I have ever had. The special cheese sauce is melted American sliced cheese mixed so not to be able to tell it was sliced cheese (at least, that's my educated guess, as it's exactly what it tasted like), the bread was so hard I had a hard time cutting it with a knife, and the meet was bone dry, even under all of this 'special sauce'.
Others ordered a cheeseburger, which was the size of a Mc Donald's kids size cheeseburger, meat looked like it had been in the freezer for way too long before getting to the plate, while a regular grilled cheese was huge, but also tasted suspect at best.
The Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich was the best of the bunch, but when I say best, it doesn't mean it was great. Just passable.
All of this after we waited for an hour to even get our food!

The only positive was the waitress who was very nice and removed the sandwich from my bill without me asking, and was very helpful and polite.

Went to Kings Family restaurant the next day for much better food only half a mile away. Just a suggestion.

Visited June 2014
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Pittsburgh, PA
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Classic Diner Comfort Food at 1970 Prices”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

To avoid any confusion, the name of this place is actually The Lamplighter Coffee Shop. It is attached to a semi-fine dining restaurant at the same location. Take it from a fat guy who "lives to eat" instead of "eats to live" that this place is the comfort food capital of the world! It has all of the classic diner foods that we all crave from time to time, but at prices that you won't believe.

Among their classics is a Turkey Devonshire comprised of fresh baked bread topped with sliced turkey, ham and bacon and then the entire plate is covered with a delicious homemade cheese sauce which is out of this world. Served with fresh cut fries or your choice of another side, this classic rings in at $6.99. A Grilled Reuben with fries will set you back only $5.99 and a 1/2 pound Steak Sandwich or a selection of Grilled Paninis with a side will only set you back $6.99.

The restaurant also serves dinners as well as serving classic diner breakfasts all day. While people rave about how inexpensive the steaks are at Turillo's Steakhouse where the cheapest steak is a NY Strip Steak for $14.75, The Lamplighter Coffee Shop has an 8 ounce NY Strip Steak or Delmonico with two sides for $9.99 or A FILET MIGNON FOR $12.99!!! Everything I have ever had there has been excellent and the coffee shop is open from 7-10:30 M-TH, 7-11:30 F & S and 7A-8P on Sunday. The décor is also "classic diner" with old-fashioned booths and a sit-down counter. If you're craving good, old fashioned comfort food, this is the place for you.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank PghZorro
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Spruce Creek, Pennsylvania
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221 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Great spot on route 22”
Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Had occasion to have lunch here. Service was great. Food was also great. Had the Italian salad and my wife had the Tuscan. Both salads were generous and lettuce was crisp. The dressing on the Tuscan was good. My dressing was the blue cheese. The dressing was house made and I was told it was great. It was interesting but did taste like it was made with miracle whip. Not quite what I was expecting. The salads came with a loaf of delicious home made bread. Others in our party had the Ruben which was quite generous. The other party had breakfast which was eggs and sausage. The sausage party was huge and delicious. The eggs were done just right. We'll stop back! They get busy, make a reservation.

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