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Sunday Breakfast in Shadyside

Three of us will be staying on Saturday night in Shadyside (5th/Aiken) and want a hearty breakfast on Sunday before setting off for Fallingwater. Since our tour at Fallingwater is at 12:30, and it's about a 90 minute drive, we need to make sure we hit the road by 11:00. Any suggestions? Also, having dinner at Avenue B on Saturday night. Any suggestions for a place to stop for interesting cocktails on the way there (we'll be walking from the hotel)? Thanks!

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Avenue B
5501 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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  1. There's a Pamela's at 5527 Walnut Street. It's a diner, but it serves the best pancakes I've ever eaten. Their breakfasts are definitely hearty. Unfortunately, they don't use real maple syrup, and if you want butter instead of "spread," you have to ask for it. http://www.pamelasdiner.com/Locator/

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    1. re: Jay F

      IF your timetable wasn't so tight, i would say point Brugge in next-door point breeze. Pamelas is probably the only place open that early. Straight up diner/greasy spoon. No mimosas or bloody marys...

      1. re: yammers

        Ah, now looking at the Point Brugge brunch menu makes me regret our tight timetable. Next time! Have been to Pamela's in Oakland and liked it. The pancakes are definitely great (and I'll keep in mind to ask for real butter per Jay's suggestion). Spoon and Soba both look good for drinks before dinner, thanks!

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        Point Brugge Cafe
        401 Hastings St, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    2. Soba or spoon for drinks! Soba is on ells worth and spoon on the same street as ave b, centre and s.highland

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      1. re: yammers

        Just an FYI, Spoon would be a bit of a hike and not really on the way from 5th and Aiken to Avenue B. Soba is also slightly out of the way but more doable and a more pleasant walk. There are also a smattering of pub/sports bar-like places along Walnut if something like that would fit the bill. Soba is great though - interesting cocktails and a great bar area!

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        Avenue B
        5501 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

        1. re: shadysider023

          I did notice that as I studied the map. We have the option of the hotel shuttle dropping us off at our initial stop, and then walking to Avenue B from there. Our after dinner destinations are some drinking establishments along Ellsworth, which seems like an easy walk form Avenue B. I assume that area is safely walkable?

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          Avenue B
          5501 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

          1. re: ClevelandRandy

            One of the safest walks in the city... having said that might want to watch out of over intoxicated crowds, but not real issues in that part of city

              1. re: Effort

                That might work, since they open for brunch at 10am. Thanks!

                1. re: ClevelandRandy

                  You'll want to drive to Paris 66 if you have to be at Fallingwater at 12:30.

      2. Thanks for everyone's advice. We had some wonderful cocktails at Soba (the "Dirty Pickle" - with Hendricks Gin and pickle brine was fantastic), and easy walk to Avenue B, followed by an absolutely incredible dinner. I had Red Snapper with Mango Curry, topped with Asian Slaw. It was one of the best fish preparations I've ever had (and I eat fish often). The fish was perfectly seared, and the sauce and all of the textures went together perfectly. Being a BYOB place made it great. With 2 bottle of a nice Chardonnay, that would've added $60-$70 to our tab. Breakfast the next morning at Pamela's was perfect. I had eaten there a while back, and forgot that their pancakes are truly the best anywhere. Thanks again for the advice!

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        Avenue B
        5501 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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        1. re: ClevelandRandy

          glad you have a great time. Avenue B is one of my favorites and I have also had fish there that I consider some of the very best prepared I have ever eaten. Cheers!

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          Avenue B
          5501 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

          1. re: shadysider023

            Speaking of Avenue B I just got an email from them. They are preparing a 2nd anniversary dinner/ wine tasting meal scheduled for Dec. 12th 7:00p. Get your reservations in now.

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            Avenue B
            5501 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232