Breakfast/Brunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast/Brunch restaurants in Pittsburgh and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Primanti Bros. thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Pamela's, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast/Brunch.

10 Crazy Mocha
Maybe it's because the owners are native Pittsburghers, or maybe it's because their coffee-sipping goat mascot is so darn cute, but Crazy Mocha is definitely one of Pittsburgh's best coffeehouses. Ever wanted a scoop of ice cream in your piping hot mocha? Just ask for the Mocha à la Mode, and the friendly baristas will hook you up. 21 locations around the Pittsburgh area. (412-281-7940)

9 Pamela's
Pamela's pancakes are world-famous. Well, maybe not world-famous, but locals swear by them. Other items on the menu at this sought-after joint are California French toast and homemade corned beef hash. Sunday breakfast is the most popular meal. (412-683-1003)

8 Primanti Bros.
Primanti Bros. is probably the most famous restaurant in Pittsburgh, and its main location (known as Primanti's on the Strip) is open 24 hours to satisfy even the most dire of sandwich cravings. Their claim to fame is creating an entire meal in a sandwich — in addition to meat, you get fried potatoes and Pittsburgh-style coleslaw (no mayo) right on the sandwich. Regulars suggest the double egg (surprisingly good early in the morning!), pastrami, and cheese steak versions to get an authentic taste of this Pittsburgh favorite. (412-263-2142)

7 Ritter's Diner
Hearty breakfasts and other American classics like meatloaf and mashed potatoes and gravy are served at Ritter's 24 hours a day. Only a short drive or cab ride from Downtown. (412-682-4852)

6 DeLuca's
Have dessert for breakfast and order a hotcake sundae topped with ice cream, fruit and whipped cream, or go for a real meal with the banana pepper omelet made with sweet or hot sausage, hot peppers, onions and provolone blended into the perfect egg mix and topped with sweet-spicy sauce that is served with toast and home fries. The space, which seats about 30, is very cozy and cheerful with counter and booth seating. (412-566-2195)

5 Eat'n Park
Eat'n Park restaurants offer old-fashioned dining with the convenience of 24-hour service in some locations. The Squirrel Hill eatery has a favorite Eat'n Park amenity — the Midnight Breakfast Buffet on Friday and Saturday nights. College students particularly applaud this feature and are always on the prowl for reasons to take on the midnight to 3am extravaganza. (412-422-7203)

4 Quiet Storm
The busy city might be swirling around outside, but inside Quiet Storm, you can be safe and happy with a cup of coffee, healthy vegetarian fare, and the care of a warm, friendly staff. Servers tend to go above and beyond to welcome and accommodate the largest groups of groggy Sunday morning brunch-goers. (412-661-9355)

3 Double Wide Grill
The menu tells of Tessie Mae Hullficker, a woman who turned the family service station into a restaurant to serve her favorite TV dinners and BBQ. Indeed, Double Wide Grill does have a "TV dinner" served on a metal, divided tray, but don't be fooled — the food is nothing like microwave dinners. On weekends, for example, brunch offerings include the mammoth-size Trucker Breakfast (two eggs, meat, and home fries) as well as huevos rancheros, steak & eggs, and the self-explanatory Large Stack O' Pancakes. (412-390-1111)

2 Tom's Diner
Whether you are starting your shopping day off with a quick breakfast bite, or you get the craving for a Belgian waffle at 3am after a long night out, Tom's will be open and ready to serve. Breakfast is served all day, and there is always a crowd. Expect quick service, though. (412-488-0900)

1 The Library
Forget the old rule about not eating in the library, and don't be surprised if a server hands you a book when you sit down. The Library's menu is pasted on the first page, and each item is cleverly named after literary favorites. (412-381-0517)


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Crazy Mocha 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Coffee Shop
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $
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Pamela's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: SHADYSIDE
COST: $
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Primanti Bros. 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: STRIP DISTRICT
COST: $
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Ritter's Diner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: SHADYSIDE
COST: $
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DeLuca's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: STRIP DISTRICT
COST: $
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Eat'n Park 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Burger
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: SQUIRREL HILL
COST: $
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Quiet Storm 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: FRIENDSHIP
COST: $
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Double Wide Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: SOUTH SIDE
COST: $
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Tom's Diner 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Diner, European, Greek
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: SOUTH SIDE
COST: $
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The Library 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: SOUTH SIDE
COST: $$
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