If any visitor to Pittsburgh ever asks, “where should I eat while I’m in town?” the response from locals is always the same: Pamela’s. The local diner, known for its crepe-style pancakes and Lyonnaise potatoes, is a favorite of locals and visitors alike, is synonymous with Pittsburgh. Ask anybody…even President Obama. But another thing fans of Pamela’s might not know is that the Oakland location is committed to supporting vibrant communities and a healthy environment within Pittsburgh region. In 2016, Pamela’s earned a Silver designation with the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program.
Founded in 1979 in Squirrel Hill, Pamela’s has 6 locations that include Oakland, the Strip District, Millvale, Shadyside, and Mt. Lebanon. Each location has its own particular retro charm and bustling atmosphere. The Oakland location is a popular spot for college students from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Carlow University, as well as their parents when they’re in town visiting, and prospective students and families in town for college visits. In the Oakland location, the restaurant’s walls are decorated with record albums, board games, and brightly colored mid-century wallpaper and art.
In addition to numerous varieties of the pancakes (or “hotcakes” as they call them) and the Lyonnaise potatoes offered as a side with nearly every breakfast entre, Pamela’s serves homemade corned beef hash and chorizo hash dishes, omelettes, breakfast meats and breakfast sandwiches. If you’re not in the mood for breakfast food, they also offer a number of burgers, sandwiches, and salads too.
Pamela’s takes part in many sustainable practices that help the community and the environment. Among the highlights, they practice root-to-stem cooking with some of their produce, and they partner and/or donate with numerous local causes, including Fineview Stepathon, Pitt Makes a Difference Day, and the Pitt Start Program. They source food and products locally from Sun Fresh, Reinhardt, Caruso Caruso Coffee, and Breadworks, and they provide food to people experiencing homelessness in Oakland. To read the full rundown of Pamela’s sustainability practices, read their sustainability self-assessment here.
Pamela’s list of fans are countless, but some of the highlights include:
Hankering for some pancakes and breakfast potatoes? Pamela’s in Oakland is open 7 days a week from 7:30am until 4pm. Don’t forget, it’s a cash only establishment. Show up early to get your name in for a table on the weekend.