It’s late at night–or early in the morning — and you could really use a bite to eat, but almost everything is closed. Almost. Though they may be hard to come by, Pittsburgh does have a handful of restaurants open 24/7 to sate your appetite, offering up a variety of foods from breakfast staples to iconic sandwiches. Here are five of Pittsburgh’s best 24-hour diners. Enjoy!
5221 Baum Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Ritter’s is a hometown favorite — you’ll find it mentioned in just about any discussion of Pittsburgh diners. The old-fashioned diner features working jukeboxes around the perimeter of the room, and their food is the typical fare you’d expect from a diner at great prices. Though they’re only open until 10 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, the rest of the week is 24 hours. Be warned that Ritter’s accepts cash only, although they do have an ATM onsite.
2175 US 22
Blairsville, PA 15717
If you’re in the Blairsville area, a bit north of Pittsburgh, Dean’s is your choice when it comes to 24-hour diners, with a classic ’50s diner-car look. Dean’s is a particularly wise choice if you’re a fan of pie, as the diner offers a great homemade variety, often cited by customers as the best part of the meal. In addition to the dessert, Dean’s also serves breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, and dinners like baked meat loaf and grilled liver — and you can get it all as takeout, too, except on holidays. Its food combined with its location along Route 22 have earned it a number of regular patrons, including students traveling between Pittsburgh and State College.
Eat N Park
1250 Banksville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Another local favorite with Pittsburgh origins, Eat N Park may not be a traditional diner per se, but they’ll still give you a good meal at any hour–even breakfast all day, as well as a soup and salad bar. Just about everything includes locally sourced ingredients, and you’ll also find some great seasonal offerings like pumpkin-pie milkshakes. The restaurants are consistently ranked among Pittsburgh’s cheapest and most family-friendly, and they give back to the community with support for local non-profits. And of course, no trip to Eat N Park would be complete without one of their signature smiley cookies. Not all locations are open 24 hours, so check their app before you stop in.
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46 18th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
It’s almost impossible to talk about Pittsburgh without talking about Primanti Bros. famous sandwiches topped with coleslaw and fries. With multiple locations throughout the Pittsburgh area from the city itself to surrounding areas like Washington, Monroeville, and Greensburg–and even farther-off cities like Altoona and State College — most of which are open either late or 24 hours a day, they’ll get you fed. If their sandwiches just aren’t your thing, most locations also have classic bar fare like onion rings, pizza, wings, and even desserts like brownie sundaes and pecan pie. And for a limited time, they’re running a special, with certain menu items only costing $5 at five after 9:00 — or after 10:00, depending on the location.