Pittsburgh is famous for a lot of things, but with a single exception, serving breakfast isn’t one of those things. Restaurants in Pittsburgh don’t tend to open until noon or later and very few actually serve any food during the breakfast hours, let alone foods that are traditionally eaten for breakfast. There are a few exceptions, one of which is world renowned. If you are looking for good restaurants to eat breakfast in Pittsburgh, the following are the best breakfast restaurants in the city.
Harris Grill – The Harris Grill does not serve breakfast every day, but it does have a Sunday Brunch that starts at 10AM. It is not your usual place to eat breakfast. First, it is a bar and not only does the Harris Grill serve drinks, but a free drink is included with your meal if you order from the Sunday Brunch menu. If a bar atmosphere isn’t your cup of tea, you should obviously avoid this place. But if it is, the Harris Grill is one of the liveliest and most entertaining bar restaurants in the city. It always has music playing on an old fashioned juke box and the menu is filled with creative and humorous dish names like Jamaican Tacos Tonight and Hush Piggies. Eating here is less about the food and more about the experience, which can be a welcome change for a nice breakfast.
Ritters’s Diner – Ritter’s Diner, located in the Bloomfield district of Pittsburgh, is arguably the best diner in the city. The food is still reasonably greasy, but it is definitely a step or two above the next best choice, Eat N’ Park. Besides the fact that you can order breakfast any time of the day, if you are actually there at the breakfast hour, you can order any other food on the menu as well. This is particularly good when you are eating breakfast with people who prefer most robust food in the morning. If you stick to the types of food that diners do well, burgers, meatloaf, eggs, bacon, and toast, you will generally enjoy your meal.
Deluca’s Restaurant – This downtown restaurant is easily the second best place in the city for a traditional breakfast meal. Getting to the downtown during the early morning can be a pain any day except for a weekend, but the morning traffic is basically nonexistent on Saturday or Sunday. Most likely due to location, Deluca’s is not cheap. Breakfast will cost you at least $10 a person and probably closer to $15 a person. But there is one reason to go to Deluca’s over any other option. The restaurant has a crepe menu that is absolutely sinful and simply can’t be found anywhere else. Most of the crepes are essentially dessert for breakfast, but you can even wrap bacon or seafood in a crepe, if that is your desire. It is a good way to treat your self for a special occasion.
Pamela’s Diner – The one restaurant in Pittsburgh that is nationally known for high quality breakfasts is the best option by far. With locations throughout the city, especially clustered near the University of Pittsburgh, no other restaurant serves as high quality waffles, omelets, or pancakes as Pamela’s Diner. The restaurant has a line to get in on every single weekend, but once you do sit down, service is fast and professional. The food is also perfect and prices are incredibly reasonable. One of the reasons for the low cost is that Pamela’s Diner only accepts cash, so make sure you have about $10 a person before entering. Assuming you do, you will get a truly exquisite breakfast.