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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2009/05/29 01:40:13 (permalink)
Well..He sure has good taste in pancakes.

He might also want to try the 49er pancakes that The Original Pancake House chain makes.  Also crepe-like and really good. 
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2009/05/29 09:02:52 (permalink)
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Welcome to Roadfood!  And congratulations on the honor!

TTM-

Extremely well put and you summed up my feelings exactly.  If only Steeler linebacker James Harrison understood this.....
 

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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2009/05/29 09:09:32 (permalink)
Pamela's is definitely my favorite breakfast spot in Pittburgh- bar none!
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2009/05/29 09:21:59 (permalink)
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TTM-
Extremely well put and you summed up my feelings exactly.  If only Steeler linebacker James Harrison understood this.....
 



I have learned, fairly recently, that not everyone can be as smart as me. 
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2009/05/29 09:28:24 (permalink)
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True, but then you have never returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in the Super Bowl, either.  At least, I don't think you have.....

Since I am actually home this weekend, I will be having two breakfasts in Pittsburgh.  Thinking of having at least one of them at Pamela's to get some pics.
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2009/05/29 10:16:24 (permalink)
I was at Pamela's last weekend. Great cakes, perfect after night out food. Hash was good as well but could have been chunkier. Not from a can, so not bad.
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2009/06/01 07:25:00 (permalink)
Thanks for the welcome. I've been reading roadfood for years. just never commented before. Have to read the bad and good. Always trying to be better.
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2009/06/01 08:20:55 (permalink)
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Well, we're glad you are here!  We hope to hear much more from you.....

I ended up in Pittsburgh for breakfast on Saturday.  Since it was 6:30AM, before Pamela's opens, we ate at De Luca's.  As good a breakfast as always, but the surprising thing is that two of my photos of food items on the Roadfood review are now used on their menu.  That is the first time I have seen that!

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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2010/01/21 12:47:18 (permalink)
More love for the excellent Pamela's in the Trib this week:

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/lifestyles/fooddrink/s_662059.html
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2010/03/02 09:42:04 (permalink)
A place I've never heard of, Barb's Corner Kitchen in Lawrenceville, got a nice write up.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/lifestyles/fooddrink/s_668785.html

Has anyone been here?
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2010/03/02 12:43:42 (permalink)
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A place I've never heard of, Barb's Corner Kitchen in Lawrenceville, got a nice write up.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/lifestyles/fooddrink/s_668785.html

Has anyone been here?



BB,
I read the article you mentioned but while on there, saw another article about Soul Food Places in Da Burgh. Very interesting. There are 19 places listed. How many of the following places have you been to???   Didn't realize Da Burgh had that many Soul Food Places and the article indicated there were many more, some have closed.
 
Where to find soul food http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/lifestyles/fooddrink/s_668590.html
 
CJ's in the Strip: 2901-2911 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412- 642-2377
Soul Food Connection: 819 Wood St., Wilkinsburg. 412-241-4910
Big Sam's Memphis BBQ: 1204 Federal St., North Side. 412-323-0333
Wilson's Bar-B-Q: 700 North Taylor Ave., North Side. 412-322-7427
Mr. Ribb's: 1315 Fifth Ave., Uptown. 412-281-4292
Gibson's Take Out: 10731 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. 412-241-2821
Jean's Southern Cuisine: 730 Penn Ave., Wilkinsburg. 412-242-4084
Food 4 the Soul: 4707 Centre Ave., Bloomfield. 412-681-1429
JT's Rib Shack: 11814 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills. 412-793-6264
Chef J Tropical — at Envy Nightclub: 4923 Penn Ave., Garfied. 412-512-2226
Yvette's on Eighth: 106 E. Eighth St., Homestead. 412-462-8450
The Dream Bar-B-Q Spot: Corner of N. Braddock and Hamilton, Homewood. 412-361-7469
Z-Best Barbecue: 5165 Penn Ave., Garfield. 412-450-8263
Patricia's: 418 Saint Clair Ave., Clairton. 412-233-3373
Simmie's Restaurant: 8500 Frankstown Road, East Hills. 412-731-5357
T&K's Soul Food Kitchen: 305 N. Craig St., Oakland.
Mr. Willie's BBQ: 2121 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412-325-3332
Savor the Flavor: 705 Brushton Ave., Homewood. 412-871-3021
Miss Lucy's Soul Food Cafe: 101 North Mill St., New Castle, Lawrence County. 724-598-4044
 
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You could make it a Quest to visit all 19 and make a trip report out of it and besides------Look at how much you would save on airfare!!!

 


 


 
post edited by Foodbme - 2010/03/02 13:02:42
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2010/03/02 13:07:02 (permalink)
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Well, I certainly love soul food.  I previously bookmarked that list and plan on hitting some of them when I get a chance.  Like you, I had no idea that most of these places existed.
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2010/03/02 13:24:16 (permalink)
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Foodbme-
Well, I certainly love soul food.  I previously bookmarked that list and plan on hitting some of them when I get a chance.  Like you, I had no idea that most of these places existed.


Well then, hit them all & you will be a renowned authority on all things Soul Food in the Pittsburgh area!!! You can become an Adjunct Professor of Culinary History at Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne or Bob's School of Transmission Repair and Storm Door Company!!
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2010/03/02 16:26:04 (permalink)
I've been to some of those.

Mr. Willie's BBQ did not impress me that much--but that's partially because I'm not very fond of ribs-and-chicken restaurants among barbecue restaurants.

We tried the buffet at Jean's Southern Kitchen. It was all decent, but none of it was outstanding; some of the food had clearly suffered by being out on the buffet too long.

We've been meaning to try Yvette's on Eighth, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2010/03/03 20:16:11 (permalink)
I used to go to Barb's Corner Kitchen frequently. I haven't been there for a couple of years, but I would recommend it as for breakfast. (I don't think I've eaten anything there except breakfast.)
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2010/03/08 15:53:26 (permalink)
Foodbme's post inspired me to visit T & K's Soul Food today.

Some pictures:



The main menu; other offerings are posted around the walls.



The self-testimonial:



The display case of food:



I had the chicken and sausage jambalaya. It was pretty good, but it was in a league with Zatarain's jambalaya mix with some added carrot and good sausage.



For dessert, I had the peach cobbler. The chunks of peach were firmer than I normally expect from peach cobbler, but were still toothsome. The seasoning was strong, with lots of cinnamon. The crust was nondescript, but avoided the trap of being doughy.




Overall, everything I had was pretty good, but I won't be hurrying back.
post edited by Ralph Melton - 2010/03/08 15:58:04
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2010/03/08 16:59:37 (permalink)
Ralph,
All your comments about the Soul Food places you've tried so far indicate that none of them have caused you to get too excited about any of them. I'll be anxious to hear about a place that knocks your sox off!
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2010/03/13 13:07:31 (permalink)
You and I both will be delighted to find a soul food restaurant that delights me.

Of course, these comments have been about restaurants in Pittsburgh; I haven't mentioned outstanding soul food places like Swett's or Cafe Napoleon in this thread. It may be that Pittsburgh has no reputation as a soul food haven because it does not deserve any such reputation--or it may be that I allow the lack of reputation to prejudice me against these local places.

Within Pittsburgh, the closest I've come to sock-dislodging soul food bliss has been the fried okra from Al's Fish and Chicken in Wilkinsburg. The breading is splendidly flavorful, with salt and pepper and a sweet touch that makes me think of lemon zest. I eat that fried okra with gusto--but as much as I love it, Al's portions overwhelm my appetite. A regular order is about a pound of okra, and if we get any entrees, the two of us will be straining to finish it all. We have come to learn that the right dinner for the two of us is a single fish dinner (I'm fond of the catfish, also fried in the same breading as used for the okra), an order of okra, and a reluctant acceptance that we won't be able to eat it all.

I'm not sufficiently certain about soul food to be sure whether Al's qualifies as soul food. There's certainly a lot of overlap; the menu has fried fish and chicken, cole slaw and okra and blackeyed peas are among the sides, there's banana pudding in the dessert tray. Perhaps it's just the abundant french fries that make me think twice about whether it qualifies as a soul food restaurant.
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2010/03/13 14:58:54 (permalink)
Ralph Melton

You and I both will be delighted to find a soul food restaurant that delights me.

Of course, these comments have been about restaurants in Pittsburgh; I haven't mentioned outstanding soul food places like Swett's or Cafe Napoleon in this thread. It may be that Pittsburgh has no reputation as a soul food haven because it does not deserve any such reputation--or it may be that I allow the lack of reputation to prejudice me against these local places.

Within Pittsburgh, the closest I've come to sock-dislodging soul food bliss has been the fried okra from Al's Fish and Chicken in Wilkinsburg. The breading is splendidly flavorful, with salt and pepper and a sweet touch that makes me think of lemon zest. I eat that fried okra with gusto--but as much as I love it, Al's portions overwhelm my appetite. A regular order is about a pound of okra, and if we get any entrees, the two of us will be straining to finish it all. We have come to learn that the right dinner for the two of us is a single fish dinner (I'm fond of the catfish, also fried in the same breading as used for the okra), an order of okra, and a reluctant acceptance that we won't be able to eat it all.

I'm not sufficiently certain about soul food to be sure whether Al's qualifies as soul food. There's certainly a lot of overlap; the menu has fried fish and chicken, cole slaw and okra and blackeyed peas are among the sides, there's banana pudding in the dessert tray. Perhaps it's just the abundant french fries that make me think twice about whether it qualifies as a soul food restaurant.


Sounds like Al's qualifies as a Semi-Soul Food place. If they have Hush Puppies or from Scratch Biscuits, that may put them over the top!
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2010/03/13 23:05:30 (permalink)
It's been a little while since I've been there, but I think they do have hush puppies but do not have biscuits.
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RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2010/04/01 10:32:31 (permalink)
A couple recent reviews in the Trib:

I have passed Eggs N'at in Moon Twp. many times, on the way to the airport, but have never stopped in.  That is going to change soon!

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/lifestyles/fooddrink/s_673233.html

And Jo Jo's, a long time favorite of the Sterns:

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/lifestyles/fooddrink/s_674289.html

I was shocked to read that Jo Jo's makes their own chili, spaghetti sauce and roasts their own turkey.  All my meals there have always been breakfast.

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