downtown Pittsburgh, early breakfast
I will be arriving in Pittsburgh on the overnight train from Chicago on a Thursday morning, 5:15AM, leaving at 7:20AM
Is there a good place for breakfast (diner type food), near the railroad station, which is open that early? Pamela's and Deluca's don't open until after my departure time.
Primanti's is always open. You can get a sandwich with just egg and cheese if you want (and fries, of course). ;-) Jo Jo's might be open. All of that is a fair bit away. Primanti's is at 18th Street, Pamela's at 21st, Jo Jo's at I think 24th Street. Deluca's is on Penn at about 20th or 19th. Weird that they don't open early enough; I would have thought by 6 they are open, but I guess the crowd is not actually there for that. Compare those to the train station at, well, about 11th really. So it's just 7 blocks to Primanti's, right? Well, the blocks up to 18th range from long to extremely long. I knew there was a reason this didn't feel like just a few block walk. It could take as much as 15 minutes to get down to the heart of the Strip there, I think. Just keep that in mind. With two hours it's doable, sure. I don't think there's anything else that comes immediately to mind. Can think of a couple that are gone (Steel City Diner, Palmer's). There's probably a restaurant in the Westin hotel that would be open, by far the closest place, but that'll just be overpriced for mediocre food. I'm not sure there's a table service restaurant with breakfast within the Golden Triangle anymore, outside of a hotel that is. Damned if I can think of one....
Not diner, but, there is a Bruggers Bagels that opens before the 7:20 train... which is usually late in arriving/leaving Pittsburgh so just be prepared. I think that it might open 6am. i have done it then wen leaving Pittsburgh. that might be about it. It is maybe 4 blocks away from the station door so not far at all.
I don't know what your purpose of travel is, but I will say that I highly recommend taking a cooler on the train and bringing your own food. It is by far much nicer than the snack car. I can't remember now if the 7:20am is one that leaves for DC or NYC since I do both but if it is DC then there is a dining car in that one, not for NYC though.
Let me know fi there are any more questions.