Pamela's Diner

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Pamela's Diner
Pamelas Diner logo.png
Restaurant information
Established 1979
Current owner(s) Gail Klingensmith and Pam Cohen[1]
Food type Diner
Other locations Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, the Strip District, Millvale, Oakland and Mt. Lebanon
Pamela's Diner's crêpe-style pancakes

Pamela's Diner is a prominent chain of diners in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its specialties are crêpe-style pancakes, omelets and Lyonnaise potatoes.[2] It is "treasured" and is considered to be in the "pantheon of pancake purveyors."[1] In 2013, Pamela's Diner was featured by the Wall Street Journal in a "What to Do in Pittsburgh" feature story.[3]

Pamela's Diner is owned by Gail Klingensmith and Pam Cohen.[1] Both educated as teachers, the business partners handle different tasks, Klingensmith with the more business end and Cohen as "the culinary artist."[2] The first Pamela's Diner location, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, opened in 1979.[2] Since then, locations have opened in Shadyside, the Strip District, Millvale, Oakland and Mt. Lebanon.[4]

During the United States presidential election, 2008, Barack Obama visited Pamela's Diner for a campaign visit.[5] Once elected, President Obama had Klingensmith and Cohen at the White House for a Memorial Day breakfast with the Obama family and 80 veterans.[6][7] Later that year, during the 2009 G-20 Pittsburgh summit, President Obama expressed dismay that he was unable to return to Pamela's Diner during that trip, but First Lady Michelle Obama did visit.[8] Incidentally, the Oakland storefront received damage during the protests.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Lara-Cinisomo, Vincent (March 10, 2008). "Pamela's Diner to flip flapjacks in Pittsburgh's South Hills". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Schooley, Tim (December 7, 2009). "Pamela's owners succeed by sticking together". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  3. ^ "What to Do in Pittsburgh". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  4. ^ "Restaurant Locator". Pamela's Diner. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  5. ^ "Primary Voters in Pa. Pick Their Candidates". NPR. April 22, 2008. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  6. ^ Balingit, Moriah (May 26, 2009). "President flips over Pamela's flapjacks". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  7. ^ Templeton, David (May 25, 2009). "Pamela's pancakes rise to the Obamas' occasion". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  8. ^ "President Obama: 'I'm Resentful, I Didn't Get To Pamela's'". WPXI. September 25, 2009. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  9. ^ Lyons, Kim (Sep 25, 2009). "Pittsburgh's Pamela's Diner open for business following G-20 protest damage". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved June 19, 2013.

Coordinates: 40°27′07″N 79°59′01″W / 40.45201°N 79.98365°W / 40.45201; -79.98365