Small diners with big flavors can be found in just about every Pittsburgh neighborhood. So, come hungry and pull up a chair to a cozy table at places where you’ll be treated like family. Here are just a few in and around Downtown.
115 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh 15222
Local mom and pop diner where you can get a hearty breakfast at reasonable prices. Good, strong coffee and within walking distance of most downtown hotels. Find out more on their Facebook page.
1729 Eckert St. Pittsburgh 15212
Owned by a father and daughter, Don’s is a great place to sit at the bar and watch your order being cooked on the flat top. If you like spicy, try the hot sausage/egg/cheese on Italian toast. The restaurant was used for several feature films including Nick Nolte’s Warrior, The Next Three Days starring Russell Crowe and the zombie movie 12/24 (Don had a part).
947 Western Ave. Pittsburgh 15233
Small Greek restaurant with homestyle food at reasonable prices. Breakfast buffet on Saturdays and Sundays. The breakfast sampler has enough food to share one plate.
221 Shiloh St. Pittsburgh 15211
Get breakfast all day long at this bright and cheerful diner. The chorizo egg bagel sandwich is simple but tasty. Good coffee with quick refills and great potato pancakes. Welcoming atmosphere.
60 21st St. Pittsburgh 15222
The atmosphere at Pamela’s is like having breakfast with old friends with the black and white photographs lining the walls. Famous for their crepe-style pancakes and excellent hash browns, you’ll want to re-visit often to try everything on the menu.
2015 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh 15222
A classic diner in the heart of the Strip District. Try the Steel City breakfast of Champions or the cinnamon bun. You can walk it off afterwards by strolling along Penn Avenue among the many shops.
100 24th St. Pittsburgh 15222
Great service, friendly staff and generous portions. Menu highlights are the breakfast gyro and the corned beef hash and eggs. Very cool retro atmosphere.
4711 Butler St. Pittsburgh 15201
Colorful locals and tables big enough for large groups (if not they’ll happily push tables together). Great service, generous portions and you can sit and hang out for as long as you want and they’ll keep pouring the coffee.
5221 Baum Blvd. Pittsburgh 15224
Colorful eatery open 24/7. Great food and low prices. And each table has a mini jukebox to play your own tunes. Leave the credit card at home as it is cash only.
200 N Craig St. Pittsburgh 15213
Pie in the a.m. after a fun night out is so appealing! They also have eggs, pancakes and quiche. Or go for the biscuits and gravy. Well worth the carbs.
19 S 27th St. Pittsburgh 15203
Old school diner with a modern flair. Big portions at low prices. And you can settle into a conversation about the Penguins before you're even settled in your seat. Good eats. Lots of sports talk. A fan’s dream.
430 Potomac Ave. Pittsburgh 15216
Famous for their hotcakes (try the pumpkin) and Jumbot (every breakfast food you can think of mixed together into one scrumptious dish). They were featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
1073 Washington Ave. Pittsburgh 15106
Comfortable and lively atmosphere with a small hometown vibe. Get the mixed grill - a bit of everything breakfast on one plate. But the Italian toast is the real star here. It’s grilled on the griddle and melts in your mouth. You’ll be dreaming about it long after the last bite. It's cash only, so keep a little spending money tucked away for breakfast.