Neighborhoods: Shadyside
Cuisine: Breakfast, Diner, Sandwiches

Pamela's is a Breakfast, Diner, and Sandwiches restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid less than $10, and tipped more than 18%.

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  • 8/12/2014

    A dining patron from Newark, NJ tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 5/30/2013

    A Breakfast chowhound from Pittsburgh, PA tried it and liked it.

  • 4/12/2013

    A diner from Philadelphia, PA tried it.

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 Pittsburgh, PA

French toast lovers - this one's for you!

My family hails from Pittsburgh, and it’s always a treat (both literally and figuratively) to visit, especially since Pittsburgh offers such a wide variety of restaurants, including an extensive (and much appreciated!) selection of cheap eats. During our most recent family visit this past weekend to see some great football (Go Stillers!) my family craved breakfast fare, without hesitation my uncle insisted we go to Pamela’s.

Not quite hole-in-the-wall, not quite restaurant, not quite diner, Pamela’s embraces the laid-back atmosphere of Pittsburgh I love. According to my uncle, the line is usually out the door and around the corner on most weekends, as locals know this is the place to go for pancakes and my favorite breakfast item (aside from cereal!)….French Toast!

I’m not sure I can do the dish justice with mere words, but I sure will try! I ate – well, more like devoured – the California French Toast: three thick slices of cinnamon-raisin toast, dipped in a vanilla-flavored batter. Not sure if it’s usually served with butter/whipped cream, but I asked for it on the side in the name of ‘health’ in any case :)

I added both bananas and strawberries on top of my Toast to fulfill my fruit quotient of the day…and I would say without a doubt it was some of the best French Toast I’ve ever had. It was lightly dusted with powdered sugar, not smothered like other dishes I’ve had at other similar diner-type restaurants, and not nearly as greasy as expected. The bread itself was really good – not overwhelmingly raisin-y and it tasted really fresh. And importantly for this egg-phobic eater, the Toast wasn’t saturated in egg and wasn’t overly saturated in batter….a great balance!

Besides my obsession with French Toast, Pamela’s has a wide variety of other breakfast items. My uncle says the pancakes are very well known among Pittsburghers, and they don’t disappoint! They are more analogous to crepes instead of traditional pancakes, but they are light, fluffy, fresh, and delicious! The other members of my family went with various varieties of omelets, eggs, and sides of bacon and potatoes, and without exaggeration, there was no food left on any plate by the end of the meal!

The potatoes were really good – seasoned to potato heavenly perfection, and mixed with a perfect amount of onions. A great complement to the meal!

The service was friendly, very quick, fresh, and most importantly, delicious! And cheap, which is always a plus. Great mix of families, couples, locals, and tourists, and of course Steelers apparel and paraphernalia dominated the scene! When it’s totally packed I’m sure it can get a bit noisy, but what’s not to love?

It is in a great location on Walnut Street, in the heart of the Shadyside neighborhood, full of other great restaurants and shops! I’m going back with my boyfriend in a couple of weeks, and you can be sure we’ll be stopping by :)

California French Toast

Some of the best French Toast I’ve ever had (rivaled only by Governor’s Banana Bread…see that review if you are interested :) ) Three thick slices of cinnamon-raisin bread dipped in a vanilla batter, served with a variety of topping options (including bananas, walnuts, strawberries, chocolate chips, whipped cream) and lightly dusted with powdered sugar. I’m craving it just writing about it!

December 31, 2009

Pamela's is overated!!!!!!

We were extremely disappointed with the the pancakes ( we had heard they were the best in town). If you are looking for a light fluffy cakelike pancake, don't hold your breath. They arrived crisp on the edges, but very, very, very greasy…
August 27, 2009

Pamela's is just okay.

I have heard so much about Pamela's that I could not wait to go. I was disappointed. The pancakes were not nearly as good as those at The Original Pancake House on McKnight Road.

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