Pamela’s Diner – Mt. Lebanon

After spending the weekend with my friends, I got to spend Monday with family.  It started out at my Aunt Cris’ house in Upper St. Clair.  I had spent the night there after leaving Shiloh Grille on Sunday night.  Normally, I see my aunt, uncle, and cousins at my grandparents’ house.  It seems like it has been ages since I was actually at their house in Pittsburgh.

My grandparents actually moved recently into a town home about 10 minutes away in Mt. Lebanon.  It will now be very convenient to come see my grandparents and my aunt/uncle/cousins all in one trip.  With my uncle at work and my cousins in school, my aunt and I went over to my grandparents’ new place.  I have not been up to PA since they moved, so this was my first time seeing it.  I thought it was absolutely lovely, and perfect for them.  I am glad they are going to be closer to my aunt and also that they have this beautiful place to enjoy.

Though still a bit hot, Monday was a gorgeous day.  We decided it would be great to go out for brunch, so we wound up at Pamela’s Diner in Mt. Lebanon.  When my aunt said the name, it sounded very familiar, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on why.  I later remembered that the day before when I told my dad we had been to the Strip, he asked if we went to Pamela’s.  Apparently, that is the popular place to get breakfast/brunch on the Strip.

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Even at a location in the suburbs, I definitely can see how this is a hot spot.  Open since 1979, Pamela’s now has six locations: Squirrel Hill (the original), Shadyside, the Strip, Millvale, Oakland, and Mt. Lebanon.  They are a cash only joint, which is another sign that they have no problem keeping business going.

The dining process moved rapidly.  The waitstaff is quick to seat people.  You can see them running around doing everything at a swift pace.  They are quick to come take orders, and they also drop off the check as soon as the dishes are delivered.  I am sure they are able to get tables turned over more easily to allow for more business.

I ordered a cup of coffee, and they brought me a cup, plus an extra pitcher of coffee.  At first I was thinking, “I don’t look that tired, do I?”  Then, I realized that they actually gave that to every table who ordered coffee.  That way they don’t need to waste time coming back to refill cups.

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Pamela’s is known for their crepe-style pancakes, omelettes, and Lyonnaise potatoes.  I had no idea what Lyonnaise potatoes were, but I was told they were amazing here so I made sure to get them.

I ordered the Tex-Mex omelette with Lyonnaise potatoes as my side.  The Tex-Mex omelette was made with chorizo, cheddar cheese, and salsa, and topped with guacamole and sour cream.

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The omelette was very tasty.  I will admit though that it is not how I would have made it.  I would have chosen chorizo, jack cheese, jalapeño or another green chile, and then topped with salsa and guacamole.  When I hear “Tex-Mex,” I think spicy.  This wasn’t spicy at all, but like I already said, it did taste good.

The Lyonnaise potatoes were the star of the dish.  They were soft, buttery and well-seasoned.  They practically melt in your mouth.  I think I could eat a whole plate of these, though I’d hate to see the butter content of that dish.

Finally, my meal was served with toast.  I had asked for raisin toast, but instead I got white bread.  I was not made though, because the bread I was given was this thick cut, fresh made Italian bread.  It was a delicious mistake, and I do not regret it.

I am really glad my family brought me here.  It seems like another great Pittsburgh staple.  Even Barack Obama can’t get enough of Pamela’s apparently.  I don’t blame him.  This is just really well-cooked, classic diner food.

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