Sometimes, just sometimes, you need breakfast at 3 p.m., 8 p.m. or 2 a.m. Only sometimes are your bacon-egg-toast cravings not relegated to ‘proper’ breakfasting time, and you’re looking for an outlet to quench your craving. Fortunately, these five delectable diners are open for breakfast business all day long, and will leave you so satisfied that, well, you may just stay for lunch.
221 Shiloh St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Sure, if you make it to Mt. Washington’s Micro Diner on Monday to Friday before 9 a.m., you’ll delight in a delicious Early Bird Micro Breakfast for a paltry $4.99 — but where’s the fun in that? Eat to your heart’s content any other time of day, and have your fill of delicious steak and eggs, corned beef hash, omelets, stuffed cakes and French toast platters. The prices are reasonable, the portions bountiful and the location convenient — what are you waiting for?
The name speaks for itself. Very few people dislike breakfast, let alone second breakfast. Not such a novel concept, but a brilliant marketing tactic, Second Breakfast takes on your classic eggs-and-bacon and twists it in a variety of interesting combinations. Try the duck fat fried hash brown, or the duck bacon, for that matter. After you fill up on water fowl, munch on a Liege waffles, Tamagoyaki Japanese omelets and crepes with salmon and cream cheese… Buh-bye Denny’s.
Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe
822 Western Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
If a traditional, classic breakfast is more your speed, give Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe a whirl. Breakfast bowls, combos and omelets are available, plus dozens of tasty a la carte items abound. The establishment is cozy and tidy, prices are reasonable and portions are huge — there’s very little not to love about this charming addition to downtown.
2517 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
If all-day waffles are your bag, head over to this hip little restaurant in Pittsburgh’s bar-mecca, the South Side. Different, unusual flavors of syrup crown equally unusual waffle concoctions: The Funky Money (served with a chocolate bar, and topped with a heap of bananas), Breakfast Magic, and Benny and Hollandaise are just a few of this mod little establishment’s kooky, gourmet waffle offerings. Pair your breakfast with the restaurant’s fun homefries, and be sure not to fall asleep in a carb-induced coma on your commute back.
2911 Glenmore Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Open seven days a week, parker’s PGH lives in Dormont and served the Mt. Lebo, downtown, and commuter crowd alike. Not to be confused with Tom’s Diner, or the Dor-Stop, parker’s PGH has its own flavor. With the restaurant’s build-your-own breakfast sandwich option, and lots of other yummy sandwiches to try, you’ll be hard-pressed at the grab ‘n go last second. Parker’s PGH steams its sandwiches, at once warming, toasting, and locking in crazy-good flavor that will stay in your neatly wrapped little package until you devour every last, delicious bite.
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