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Hi all, new to the PA boards but a longtime CH lurker. I will be in Pittsburgh this weekend (staying at the Holiday Inn University Center) and am looking for some breakfast/lunch options in the area (Dinner plans have already been made)

I was reading that Pamela's Diner should definitely be on my list but I was curious if there are other recommendations in that area as well.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I would forget Pamela's. Went there for the first time last weekend and have absolutely no urge to go back. The menu is kinda limited for a breakfast place, which is usually a good sign since it means they want to keep things simple so they can concentrate on what they have the best it can be. Not the case at Pamela's, the food was very forgettable. People here seem to love it though, so they must be doing something right.

    Honestly, I'd go to DeLuca's instead. Better food, better proportions, better selection, same pricing as Pamela's.

    FYI both restaurants are cash only.

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    1. re: Lefthandpath54

      It's been a few years at least since I went to DeLuca's. I don't have anything against it. Indeed, from what I remember, DeLuca's makes a decent omelet. I wouldn't get that at Pamela's, though. I go for the pancakes, which may be a love it/hate it thing. Also the potatoes. Last time we went we put together what is a rather strange breakfast usually, with each getting some variation on pancakes and then sharing a side of the potatoes. That's it. Those two things, to me, come out quite good. I dunno much about anything else. The only other thing I remember eating in there was a lunch sandwich a few years ago. And I know I went once before that, but can't remember what I had then.

      DeLuca's is kinda moot, though, for Oakland. You can walk to Pamela's from the Holiday Inn. In another thread, someone brought up Crepes Parisiennes, which is also within walking distance to the Holiday Inn. More of a brunch though than breakfast, and not just the food; unless something has changed they don't open until 10.

      1. re: CrazyOne

        I'm not a fan of Pamela's blueberry pancakes. The pancake is cooked separately and then folded around some cold berries. Not good. I much prefer, for example, the cornmeal blueberry pancakes at Polly's in Sugar Hill, NH, where the berries are incorporated into the body of the pancake itself. And I gotta say that it would be practically impossible to get my wife back to a place that doesn't have half&half for the coffee.

        1. re: rpk

          Thanks for the replies everyone. I ended up at Pamela's for a quick breakfast. It was alright, ended up with the strawberry pancakes. I wish I ended up at Crepes Parisiennes, sadly I found out about it after the fact.

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          Crepes Parisiennes
          207 S Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213