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moos4u1
Junior Burger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2007/05/18 18:38:31
I also have been to Kelly O's on 2 occasions and both times were very unsatisfactory. The 1st time I had a hot turkey sandwich. The turkey was dry, the potatoes were like paste and the gravy was mediocre. The 2nd time I went, the gentleman I was with complained about the hash browns and was screamed at and told to leave. The owner was very unprofessional. She even came out to the parking lot yelling! I will never be going back there!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2007/05/20 12:28:57
moos4u1-
I am sorry to hear that you have had such bad experiences at Kelly O's. So far, I have only been there the one time, but the food was quite good and they couldn't have been nicer. I certainly wouldn't go back if I experienced what happened to you.
imafreak
Junior Burger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2007/07/29 11:13:32
I go to Pittsburgh for Steelers game every year and I've found the Strip District to be the best bet. You can get breakfast at DeLuca's, Pamela's, or JoJo's (there's also that biscotti place.) DeLuca's and Pamelas are only 2 blocks or so apart so if one has a long line I check the other. DeLuca's is a top quality diner place. Pamela's has some of the best pancakes I've had. Then you can grab a sandwich and some beers to go at Primantti's and walk down to the tailgate areas for pregame.
kozel
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2007/09/10 09:27:51
I had a short stack with grilled chipped ham at Islay's in West View this past weekend. I'd say the pancakes were as good as Pamela's. Great breakfast!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2007/09/13 06:17:20
kozel-
As good as Pamela's? That is hish praise! I have never thought of eating at Isaly's for breakfast, but I will have to reconsider. By the way, love the idea of grilled chipped ham for breakfast!
kozel
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2007/09/13 16:55:09
I'm not from Pittsburgh so I've only been to Pamela's a couple of times. What stood out for me was the flavor of the pancake. Islay's is very close and no line or crowd. I really enjoyed it. And, how could you not have chipped ham in some fashion at Islay's?
Baah Ben
Filet Mignon
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2007/09/30 23:19:41
This is a great breakfast town. I'd say it is their best meal by far. Jo Jo's has been known for their breakfasts for at least 20 years. I love Pamela's, too. Their crepe like pancakes are wonderful.

I don't know if these two places were the originators of their signature items (Jo Jo's takes fresh Italian sausage and makes their own great sausage patties and serves them with all sorts of eggs and with toasted Italian bread.

Pamela's makes these incredibly thin crepe like pancakes that I've never had anyplace else. Well, the 49'er pancakes served by the Original Pancake chain are close....

No doubt the Sterns loved Jo Jo's. Their kind of place.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2007/10/06 16:55:59
My girlfriend and I ate at the Gab 'n Eat this morning and had the usual excellent breakfast. She called her pancakes "perfect". One of my favorite things to get there is the Louisiana Home Fries
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2007/10/28 17:54:16
This morning, my girlfriend and I decided we wanted to try someplace new for breakfast. After picking up some subs from Triangle Grill, we headed for Square Cafe.

One of the reasons I haven't eaten here before and really explored the Regent Square area very much is because parking is such a hassle. But lady luck was with me this morning as a spot opened up in front of the place just as we were approaching.

They are very popular and we ended having about a 15 minute wait. No problem, we drank delicious mint hot chocolates to kill time. Once seated, we looked around and noticed what other tables were eating and almost everyone was eating the pancakes. So that is what Bonnie ate and she really enjoyed them. I went for one of the specials which was an omelet with spinach, goat cheese and sundried tomatoes. The bacon was ultra thick and crispy, while the home fries were crunchy on the outside and had a creamy interior.

As you can guess, by the food and location, this is more of a yuppie type place than a workingman's joint. But the food and service were well above average, so no complaints. My girlfriend informed me we will definitely be coming back!

Oddly enough, one of the items available on the menu was that Rhode Island specialty, Johnnycakes. I don't think I have ever seen them anywhere else on a menu in Pittsburgh.

http://www.square-cafe.com/
kozel
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2007/10/30 14:05:02
A very nice piece about Mr. Buster's recommendation of CC's in Mt Lebanon....

http://www.thealmanac.net/ALM/Story/10_17_Lori_Cook_Carolyn_Christman_pix
wanderingjew
Sirloin
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2007/10/30 14:37:17
quote:
Originally posted by kozel

A very nice piece about Mr. Buster's recommendation of CC's in Mt Lebanon....

http://www.thealmanac.net/ALM/Story/10_17_Lori_Cook_Carolyn_Christman_pix


Actually not to pat myself on the back, but I'm the one who recommended it to "Mr. Buster"
kozel
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2007/10/31 10:13:30
I stand corrected. I've come to think of Mr. Buster as Mr. Pittsburgh so it was an honest mistake.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2007/10/31 13:39:35
kozel-
Thanks for the compliment.

I know I have been called much, much worse!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2007/11/03 12:44:40
GeoNit-
I finally made it to one of your recommendations. My girlfriend and I ate at Rea's in Coraopolis this morning. We originally tried to eat at Junior's, but they aren't open for breakfast on Saturdays.

My girlfriend got the french toast, made with Mancini's bread and she loved it. I got my usual ham & cheese omelette and was quite happy with it. My bacon was also perfectly done. The service was very friendly. My girlfriend informed me that we will be coming back to this place.

Thanks for the tip!
apteafan
Junior Burger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2007/11/06 11:14:38
The best Pittsburgh breakfast is just nearby in Mckees Rocks, PA.

Marge's Place, 719 Broadway St, Mc Kees Rocks, PA

You can't beat this place for home cooked breakfast entrees, reasonable prices, and terrific, friendly "HON" service.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2007/11/06 11:55:03
apteafan-
Thanks! Now I know where to go Saturday morning.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/07/17 12:56:42
wanderingjew-
I thought you would enjoy seeing this article, since it talks about your old stomping grounds when you lived in Pittsburgh. CC's Homemade Foods gets some much deserved love.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08199/897425-242.stm

They don't even mention the new Pamela's that recently opened in that area.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/07/17 13:17:32
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

wanderingjew-
I thought you would enjoy seeing this article, since it talks about your old stomping grounds when you lived in Pittsburgh. CC's Homemade Foods gets some much deserved love.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08199/897425-242.stm

They don't even mention the new Pamela's that recently opened in that area.


BB
I'm looking at their description of "The Lucy" 2 eggs, ham, pancake, toast and homefries or potato pancake. Can you believe I used to be able to eat all of that???" />

I've been to Uptown Coffee and also tried Aldo Coffee for the first time when I was back in the Burgh in 10/06 for my friend's wedding in "Punxy" I still think my favorite coffee house is the local chain- Coffee Tree Roasters.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/07/21 02:05:51
Buffet Buster
My Niece is starting at Duquesne this fall. Any good CHEAP breakfast joints in that area?
Baah Ben
Filet Mignon
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/07/21 04:19:24
sorry..I already commented on Jo Jo's
Kenny Joe
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/07/22 20:28:03
There are no recommendable joints of any kind in the immediate vicinity of Duquesne. If you are willing to travel a little bit, the cheap joints are:
Picklebarrel - on the South Side. More a sandwich place, but they do serve breakfast. It's cheap and some people love it. (I have never been there early enough for breakfast.)
Nick's - open on the weekdays downtown in the Grant Building. Typical old style coffee shop which serves a very cheap, adequate but otherwise unremarkable breakfast.
Steel City Diner - Downtown on Liberty Avenue. The breakfast is bigger and slightly more expensive than Nick's.
None of these three are open on Sunday.
Other choices within a ten minute drive from Duquesne that have been mentioned here are Pamela's (Oakland), and two in the Strip District, DeLuca's (my favorite) and Jo-Jo's.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/07/22 21:06:26
quote:
Originally posted by Kenny Joe

There are no recommendable joints of any kind in the immediate vicinity of Duquesne. If you are willing to travel a little bit, the cheap joints are:
Picklebarrel - on the South Side. More a sandwich place, but they do serve breakfast. It's cheap and some people love it. (I have never been there early enough for breakfast.)
Nick's - open on the weekdays downtown in the Grant Building. Typical old style coffee shop which serves a very cheap, adequate but otherwise unremarkable breakfast.
Steel City Diner - Downtown on Liberty Avenue. The breakfast is bigger and slightly more expensive than Nick's.
None of these three are open on Sunday.
Other choices within a ten minute drive from Duquesne that have been mentioned here are Pamela's (Oakland), and two in the Strip District, DeLuca's (my favorite) and Jo-Jo's.


Thanx for the reply. She won't have a car. Sounds like an opportunity for an entrepreneur if you could find a location close to the campus. College Kids always have the munchies, if you know what I mean!!
Kenny Joe
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/07/22 23:09:12
Foodbme, I don't have a car either, but I get to each of the places I mentioned fairly regularly. The downtown places aren't a bad walk from Duquesne, but neither one is frequented by the college crowd. Oakland, which in addition to Pamela's has many many places frequented by students, is an easy 5 minute bus ride from Duquesne. Pitt and CMU students receive free bus passes, but I don't think Duquesne hands them out.

Duquesne recently opened a new restaurant supposedly good enough to attract nonstudents, but it doesn't look like its open for breakfast: http://www.pittsburghcitypaper.ws/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A49413
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/07/24 15:37:50
Foodbme-
Sorry, I missed your question the first time around, but it sounds like Kenny Joe came through. There is really is not much available real close to the campus. I will look around though and let you know if I come up with any good suggestions.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/07/24 16:08:50
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

Foodbme-
Sorry, I missed your question the first time around, but it sounds like Kenny Joe came through. There is really is not much available real close to the campus. I will look around though and let you know if I come up with any good suggestions.


THANX! BB
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/07/31 14:16:22
The previously mentioned Tower Grille in downtown is closing after 50 years in business.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/cityregion/s_580319.html
AtticusEats
Junior Burger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/08/08 01:47:44
I was born and raised in 'da Burgh. I now live in New York City. I had the pleasure to spend this past week in Pittsburgh, my wife was defending her dissertation. To celebrate her Doctorate, we went to DeLuca's for breakfast.

She had the "Funky Monkey"(Double Chocolate Banana Pancakes, French Vanilla Ice Cream, Bananna Slices, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Syrup and nuts. I had the Steel City Breakfast of Champions.

Another morning we went to Pamela's in Sq. Hill and of course the old stand-by Eat N' Park was visited (Who doesn't LOVE Grilled Stickies a la mode?!?)

NYC has some lovely places for brunch, but Pittsburgh totally blows them away when it comes to a real,hearty, super affordable breakfast.

Baah Ben
Filet Mignon
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/08/09 07:54:09
At affordable prices..For sure! Can you imagine what Jo Jo's breakfast would cost you in Manhattan?
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/08/09 15:43:02
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

wanderingjew-
I'm a big fan of the Gab 'n Eat. Unfortunately, my girlfriend, who lives in Scott Twp., practically across the street from the place won't go there.


Dump the Chick!!!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/08/12 08:37:50
AtticusEats-
Welcome to Roadfood! And congratulations to your wife! Thanks for telling us about your breakfast stops while you were in da 'Burgh. I have only had the funky monkey at De Luca's one time and I was all wired up for the rest of the day. A unique dish for sure, but a little too much for me. Did either of you get the strawberry hotcakes at Pamela's?

Foodbme-
I did get her to start going to the Gab 'n Eat, but we did eventually break up. Just not over that. Now, if she refused to go to Jo-Jo's, then I would have never started dating her in the first place!

Baah Ben-
I often have out of towners marvel to me at how cheap most everything here is. We here have a tendency to take it for granted. I'm guessing the Jo-Jo omelette would cost $15.00 in Manhattan.
Baah Ben
Filet Mignon
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/08/12 09:32:37
Buffetbuster - No question about it! And, the Manhattan BK wouldn't have the character of a Jo Jo's breakfast. It is a very tough town on those, who do not give a diner value for their money. Those places usually do not last. It's an old school town.

Pittsburgh has come a long way today and I'd venture to say they have more to offer in any aspect than most cities in this country. It is very, very underrated. Orlando, for example, a much, much bigger town, doesn't have near the sports facilities or quality medical facilites or cultural amenities than Pittsburgh does! Not even close. They have some really good restaurants. My favorites were Tessarro's, Jo Jo's, Cafe Allegro and Pamela's. I also liked Angelo's pizza. We became good friends.

Jo Jo's original location was right across from our place; on Smallman Street. I did not serve breakfast (his big income producer) so we were not really in competiton. Jo Jo was a real character. A very nice man. He would come into our place..he liked the hot dogs. Jo Jo's closed at like 2:00 PM
daily. They opened at 11:00 PM I seem to recall. Catered to the produce industry. On Saturdays...watch out though! We were all busy on Saturdays with all the shoppers.

Jo Jo made an excellent business decision to move his store to get a parking lot. He has a good business. I do not know how he is doing, but his brother-in-law and his daughter really ran the business. Jo Jo just shmoozed and collected the $$. I know many go to DeLuca's for breakfast, but personally, I don't think there is any comparison between the two places.

The grocery guys would come in at 8 AM to Jo Jo's for their LUNCH! They worked the produce docks from 12:00 AM and were done and gone by 8:00 AM. Very tough hours. Their work week was Monday 12:00 AM to Thursday down at the Strip District. Good memories.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/08/12 09:41:54
quote:
Originally posted by Baah Ben

Orlando, for example, a much, much bigger town,


Orlando has more than 2.2 million people!!!" />
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/08/12 11:07:32
quote:
Originally posted by wanderingjew

quote:
Originally posted by Baah Ben

Orlando, for example, a much, much bigger town,


Orlando has more than 2.2 million people!!!" />


I checked the Census figures;
Orlando Florida Population, 2006 estimate 220,186
State of FL Population, 2006 estimate 18,089,888
The Census figures are just the City of Orlando , not the surrounding area. I'll try to find that.
Found it! the Orlando-Kissimmee MSA is - 2007 - 2,032,496 !

The Pittsburgh PA MSA Population as of the 2000 Census was 2,358,695

Note the difference in years for comparison purposes.
Baah Ben
Filet Mignon
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/08/12 16:29:38
My point was that Pittsburgh is a hidden gem of a city...Very underrated. It has a pro football team, a pro baseball team and a pro hockey. But, most importantly, it has 3 brand new stadiums! They have one of the very best colleges in this country in Carnegie Mellon. They have the U of Pittsburgh, some of the very best teaching hospitals in the country, etc. They have lots of cultural opportunites, etc. And let's add plenty of good restaurants to stay on topic here. It does have great breakfasts and is known for them. It's all good. Nothing against Orlando......200,000 or 2,000,000? " />
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/08/12 17:20:45
quote:
Originally posted by Baah Ben

My point was that Pittsburgh is a hidden gem of a city...Very underrated. It has a pro football team, a pro baseball team and a pro hockey. But, most importantly, it has 3 brand new stadiums! They have one of the very best colleges in this country in Carnegie Mellon. They have the U of Pittsburgh, some of the very best teaching hospitals in the country, etc. They have lots of cultural opportunites, etc. And let's add plenty of good restaurants to stay on topic here. It does have great breakfasts and is known for them. It's all good. Nothing against Orlando......200,000 or 2,000,000? " />


BB,
I totally agree with you. Orlando will never have the class and diversity that Pittsburgh has. All they have are a couple of amusement parks and Pittsburgh has Kennywood--so there. Besides that, I dare someone to try and find a peiroge anywhere in the whole area! And WPIAL High School Football--Faggetaboutit! And the Duquesne Incline! And Duquesne University--- AND---
mmarkovitz
Hamburger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/08/12 17:29:02
Foodbme your making me home sick. I'll take Kennywood over a overrate mouse any day. murray
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/08/12 17:37:14
quote:
Originally posted by mmarkovitz

Foodbme your making me home sick. I'll take Kennywood over a overrate mouse any day. murray


With a name like Markovitz, you definitely qualify as a Pittsburgher. What section of town are you from?
Baah Ben
Filet Mignon
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/08/12 18:39:32
Foodbeme - Ahh, let me guess where MM lived..Squirrel Hill? My sister has lived there for 35 years
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/10/09 06:57:19
There was a nice write up for Roadfood gem DeLuca's in the Trib this morning.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/living/fooddrink/s_591933.html
mmarkovitz
Hamburger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/10/09 07:45:54
You are so right Ben. I move over 23 years ago and once a Pittsburgher always a Fan. "GO STEELERS"
GeoNit
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/10/15 17:12:34
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/13/AR2007041300648.html?wpisrc=newsletter
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/10/27 13:49:42
For the first time ever, I had a bad experience at a Pamela's. I normally love this place, but we ate at the new Mt. Lebanon location for breakfast yesterday, on the way to the Steeler game. I did get the famous strawberry hotcakes, but it was so full of brown sugar, I had a hard time eating it. My girlfriend didn't care for her Greek omelet, either. The corned beef hash still was delicious. We got there at 9:30AM and didn't have to wait for a table, which would never happen at any of the other locations.

I am not going to completely write this location off. It is the closest to my gf's house and my previous meal there was up to Pamela's usual high standards. Oh, and as always, finding a parking spot was a bear!
Kenny Joe
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/10/27 20:32:41
This might be the opportunity for you and your breakfast companions to try the Dorstop, BB. It's only a mile or two up the road from Pamela's. The crowd isn't as upscale as you get at the Mt Lebo Pamela's, but I think the food is better. If you have a chance, you probably can catch it on tonight's Diners, Dives & Drive-Ins.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/10/27 20:36:55
Kenny Joe-
Excellent idea! I had forgotten about the Dorstop. Are they open on Sundays? How crowded do they get? What do you recommend there? Thanks for the tip that they are on D, D & D tonight.
badseed555
Junior Burger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/10/27 20:53:32
Too right, Go Steelers!

Pgh is an underated city but only more so these days since the 90's when I left. I've been gone for 12 years and I still miss so many things and now there are so many more things to miss. I actually only know one X-Pittsburgher that insists she doesn't miss it.

Pamala's was not one of my favorites becuase they we always so croweded but Delucas sausage was to die for. Tom's on the southside was good the last time I was in Pgh a year ago.
Baah Ben
Filet Mignon
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/10/27 21:04:18
BB - Pamela's has a lot of places all of a sudden..When I was in Pittsburght, they had only two places. I use to go to the one in Shadyside. I wonder if they are franchising? Could be the reason for the inconsistancy?

In all the years I went to Pamela's, I never had their strawberry pancakes. Is it the same as their crepe like pancakes, but they just throw strawberries on top and maybe some mystery canned whipped cream? Or is it a completely different pancake? I'm jsut guiessing they rol the pancakes up with strawberries? Thanks for any info on this...

Hey, have you ever tried Tesarro's for their burgers? On Thursdays, they have a good spare rib special. In Bloomfield. Not the conventional slow cooked ribs with a smoke ring, but they are good and I seem to recall you like them on a char-broiler. If so, these would be great for you.
badseed555
Junior Burger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/10/27 21:16:41
Hmmph, Tessaros ribs! I must have had 100 hamburgers and chicken sandwiches at Tessaros and had their ribs once. They were always out of them by the time I got there but the one rack I did get was quite delicious. As you say, char-broiled not smoked but cooked so they still had a bit of chew, the way I like them. I think that was the night when I saw Nick Perry in there, right after he got out of jail for the lottery festivities.
Kenny Joe
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/10/27 21:56:43
The Dorstop is open Sundays. There's usually at least a small wait from 9 AM until ?. We're always there before 9, which is easy for us because we're just down the street. Much like Pamela's, the Dorstop signature dish is the pancakes, although a Dorstop pancake is not at all like the the Pamela's pancake. I'll let the Dorstop folks explain explain, as I am sure it will be the pancakes that Guy features.

As for the Mt Lebo Pamela's, I am almost certain is not a franchise.


Kenny Joe
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/10/27 21:58:19
Badseed - I am with you 100% on the Deluca's sausage, especially the hot sausage. It is the tastiest I have had anywhere.
badseed555
Junior Burger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/10/27 22:15:04
Didn't DeLuca's have the big ham on the counter that they sliced when you ordered it, or was that JoJos?

Actually, for a chain, I always liked Eat-n-Park for breakfast. I was a grad student for a long time so it was appealing for being cheap and open late. I would get a bit pissy if my breakfast smile was not presented correctly. Appologies for being rotten, but we usually refered to it as it Pick-n-Eat. Then again, I work hard at being naughty.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/10/28 06:20:08
Kenny Joe-
Very enjoyable segment of The Dor-Stop last night on D,D & D. The ladies working there certainly had a lot of personality. And the food looked wonderful. I am definitely going to eat there very soon.



buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/10/28 08:24:51
Baah Ben-
I'm not to the point where I would call Pamela's inconsistent, yet. Considering I have had at least 50 breakfasts here over the years and this was my first subpar meal, I would say that is an acceptable ratio. But, since this was only my second meal at the Mt. Lebanon location, I am going to keep an eye on it.

There are six locations right now: Oakland, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, The Strip, Millvale and Mt. Lebanon. Even if they aren't being franchised, I would think it would be difficult for the owners to oversee that many places. You were in the restaurant business.....what do you think?

As for the strawberry hotcakes, yes, they are a more crepe style, than what most of us call pancakes.

Baah Ben
Filet Mignon
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/10/28 09:39:50
Hey BB - Thanks for pictures. For those of you that have never been to Pamela's, I think you can now see why so many people rave about this place. I didn't think they could do anything but roll their signature pancake up with stawberrys. Don't look like fresh strawberries, but it could be the time of the season. Hey, they look very, very good. I just love those pancakes (I call them crepes) Oh, would I love to have them this morning!! They are truly some of the best pancakes/crepes I've ever had. I use to love the IHop Cream of Wheat pancakes..also very rich tasting.

I have to believe it is very difficult to run so many Pamela's. Hey, I am thrilled for them. This place started out as nothing and look where they have come. Only in America. An amazing success story for Pittsburgh and really it's just a breakfast destination so think how well they have to do in just say..6 hours...I know they are open longer, but really do you go there for anything other than breakfast? Not likely.

Hey, good for them. Let's hope you just hit the new location that hasn't got it together yet. I've been to the ones in Squirrel Hill, Shadyside and near the University in Oakland. I like the one in Squirrel Hill the best. This is a great story for anyone who knew them and has moved away. I wonder if Pamela is really the name of the owner?

When I was in business there, I did know several of the owners of the successful places like the Benkowitz family, the owner of Tessarro's (Kelly - He sold it and brought City Grill many years ago) the owners (brothers) of Roland's (in the Strip), etc. Never knew who owned Pamela's though. Hot Licks ..Louis Lipps. Boy, someone mentioned that one...That's great. Pittsburghers are amazing..They really are.

I wish I knew that pancake recipe!!! I have to believe that batter is loaded with butter. I've tried watering down my mix but I can never get it to come out like Pamela's

I saw the spot on the Dor-Stop last night on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives (my all time favorite food show) and it was great. Nice to see Guy's family, too. There's a success story. I love this guy! I really do not think I will get tired of him like I got tired of Emerill. He's my kind of food guy. HE'S MONEY!
mncorn
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/11/02 22:53:01
I have been in 35 of the U.S. States and 10 countries, but never had the pleasure to stay in Pittsburgh. I have drove through it, but never stopped...next time.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2008/11/08 14:09:12
We made it to The Dor-Stop in Dormont for breakfast this morning. Kenny Joe sorry we didn't ask you to join us, but we just decided to go this morning.

Emilou got the chocolate chip pancakes.

She liked them, but wishes there were more chips in them.

Mariton had the walnut french toast

She was very happy with it. She also got a side of the ham

and you can see they are generous with the portion sizes here.

I went with one of the dishes Guy featured on the show, the raspberry french toast (although I know that isn't the proper name on the menu).

You can see the corn flakes it is dipped in. No syrup needed for this. I loved my breakfast! I very much recommend this place.

We arrived around 8:30AM and there was quite a long line. I'm sure the tv publicity has increased business. Still, they kept things moving and we only had a 20 minute wait.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2009/05/26 12:46:13
PLEASE don't turn this into a political thread, but it was interesting to see that President Obama had the owners of Pamela's come to the White House and make their famous strawberry crepes for him.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09146/972657-84.stm

There really should be a Roadfood review for this place.  Maybe I will get a few more photos and get one written up soon.
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2009/05/26 13:22:41
buffetbuster

PLEASE don't turn this into a political thread, but it was interesting to see that President Obama had the owners of Pamela's come to the White House and make their famous strawberry crepes for him.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09146/972657-84.stm

There really should be a Roadfood review for this place.  Maybe I will get a few more photos and get one written up soon.



I wonder how much that breakfast cost the Taxpayers in travel expenses???
paamie
Junior Burger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2009/05/28 22:34:00
It cost the taxpayers $290 for 2 nights in a hotel. We paid for the ingredients, our travel, our own food, parking etc.
paamie
Junior Burger
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2009/05/28 22:44:52
PS Obama invited us to make hotcakes for the Veterans and Mother's of fallen soldiers at the White House not for the White House.
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
RE: Pittsburgh Breakfast 2009/05/29 00:27:16
That's pretty cool.  Honestly, the best words in the whole story are right here....

"Ms. Klingensmith said neither she nor Ms. Cohen are very politically involved (though they appreciate the president's pro-pancake stance), but they are "very patriotic," and regarded it as a high honor to cook breakfast for Mr. Obama.

"Both of us think very highly of President Obama," she said. "Who in their wildest dreams would dream this that the president would say, 'Hey I really like those pancakes'? Never in a million years.""

I think this is the ultimate correct sentiment - it doesn't matter who the president is - but, when the president asks for something like this - recognizing it as the proper honor is spot on.

Kudos.  Hopefully, I will get the privilege to dine there soon enough.
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