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Omelets are a delicious, classic breakfast staple, great for a filling meal to start your day — and best of all, you can get creative, adding just about anything you want. And sure, you could make one yourself, but why do that when plenty of Pittsburgh breakfast and brunch stops can serve you up their own delicious creations? From cozy diners with lots of variety to upscale restaurants making the best of fresh local ingredients and some culinary expertise, Pittsburgh has lots of places to turn to for a great omelet. Here are five of them.

2015 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 566-2195

Deluca’s is a well-known Strip District staple–you can tell by the line you’ll see outside the Penn Ave. diner. They serve breakfast (and lunch) all day, but be sure to get there early, as they open early in the morning and close by mid-afternoon. While you can find other breakfast fare like pancakes, French toast, breakfast burritos, and more, their omelets are sure to satisfy with plenty of variety. Either create your own by choosing from fillings or go with their creations like the Super Bowl of South of the Border. If you’re really hungry, you can even get a huge six-egg omelet. Deluca’s also have a second location in Robinson if you can’t make it to the Strip.

Pamela’s Diner
60 21st St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-6366

With locations in the Strip District, Oakland, Millvale, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, and Mt. Lebanon, Pamela’s Diner can definitely satisfy you with a delicious breakfast. Each location’s menu is a little bit different than the rest, but you’ll pretty much find the same omelets at all of them–made with two eggs and filling options which include ham and cheese, veggies, spinach and feta, and more. You might also come across some specialties, like Mt. Lebanon’s Greek omelet with spinach, feta cheese, Greek olives, red onion, and tomato. And remember, all Pamela’s locations are cash only.

Gab & Eat
1073 Washington Ave.
Carnegie, PA 15106
(412) 276-8808

Head over to nearby Carnegie to grab a bite at Gab & Eat. The restaurant has plenty of different omelets to offer, from classics like cheese, bacon, and veggie to more creative pairings like the Kookoo omelet, filled with pepper, onion, sausage links, potatoes, and cheese. Like Deluca’s you’ll want to make sure you stop in early–during the week, they’re open from 6 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., while their weekend hours are considerably shorter, closing by 12:45 in the afternoon.

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1430 Potomac Ave.
Dormont, PA 15216
(412) 561-9320

For a great traditional omelet, look no further than Dormont’s aptly named Dor-Stop, once featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.” They’re known for their hot cakes, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some great omelets, too. They have some standbys, like meat and cheese, veggies and cheese, or meat lover’s, but for something a little different, try the Florentine with spinach and feta cheese or the Spicy, with jalapeños, hot sausage, and pepperjack cheese.

1150 Smallman St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 201-5656

Housed in an old Strip District warehouse, Eleven’s seasonal menu changes frequently–and though they primarily focus on lunch and dinner, they offer up some great brunch selections. Though you won’t find the variety here that you might at, say, a diner, their omelets focus on strong seasonal flavors. Currently, they’re featuring a Prosciutto Cotto, caramelized onion, and cheddar omelet and a mushroom, red pepper, and goat cheese omelet. Both are served with fingerling potatoes and your choice of bacon or sausage.

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Janelle Sheetz is a 20-something closed-captioner by day, writer by night, just outside of Pittsburgh. She also regularly contributes to and, and her writing has also been featured on The Billfold and Neutrons Protons.