Seven Things Which Make Pamela's Diners So Popular

Opened in 1979 in Squirrel Hill by best friends Gail Klingensmith and Pamela Cohen, Pamela’s P&G Diner has become a Pittsburgh mainstay.

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Pamela's diner, born out of a love of all things breakfast, enjoys status as a household name (and morning go-to) across the region. PM breaks it down, from the famous hotcakes to the bottomless coffee.

The number of Pamela’s locations in and around Pittsburgh. The famous diners can be found in the Strip District, Oakland, Millvale, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside and Mt. Lebanon. Pam and Gail still own four locations; the Oakland location is owned by Michele Mazzella and Tim Blosat and the Millvale diner is owned by Jennifer Cohen.

Out of the 1,671 Pittsburgh restaurants reviewed on TripAdvisor, Pamela’s Diner is currently sitting pretty at No. 5 — with the site’s certificate of excellence to match.

The approximate number of eggs the Oakland location goes through every week. That’s a lot of cracking.

The diners close in the afternoon and only accept cash. “We discovered that our niche was breakfast and lunch,” says Cohen. “And by eliminating the fees associated with credit cards, we are able to pass the savings onto higher wages for our employees and lower costs on our menu.” Mom and Pop would be proud.

For this price, customers receive bottomless coffee at Pamela’s — the perfect pancake accompaniment.

The year in which then-Sen. Barack and Michelle Obama made a stop at Pamela’s while campaigning in Pittsburgh. Shortly afterwards, the new first lady invited Klingensmith and Cohen to prepare breakfast at the White House.

The number of hotcakes made in a typical week at the Oakland location. The fan-favorite hotcake includes brown sugar, sour cream and fresh strawberries — though Pam’s original hotcakes still are a huge hit.


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