Pamela's pancakes

To eat breakfast at the places that Playboy recommends as the best in the northeast, your visit to Pittsburgh needs to stretch longer than a day. The list takes note of two ‘Burgh favorites: Coca Cafè in Lawrenceville, and, without fail, P&G Pamela’s Diner.

“Cute boutique breakfast cafes across America take notice. Coca’s arty and adorable 20-seat dining room has patrons lined up outside the street, waiting sometimes an hour to try Lawrenceville’s favorite foodie-focused menu,” writes Playboy.

The Butler Street eatery serves up breakfasts, brunches and now small plates in the evening that include, but are not limited to, French or Italian sodas, an intriguing shrub apple lemon juice, grilled shrimp grits, eggplant benedict, and an herbed goat cheese french toast.

If pancakes are more your thing, Pamela’s are president-approved.

“Pam Cohen served their crêpe-style pancakes (and famous treats like Pam’s Lyonnaise potatoes) to President Obama, his family, a group of American Gold Star Mothers and 80 veterans on the White House lawn for a Memorial Day breakfast in 2008,” says Playboy.

Also bringing home the breakfast award is DeLuca’s special mention in Travel + Leisure. DeLuca’s is one of 16 recipients of the magazine’s “Best Breakfast Restaurants in the U.S.” ranking.

After your Super Bowl, Travel + Leisure recommends the followign:  “If you can handle it, follow up with a waffle sundae. A few variations exist, but all are essentially exactly what they sound like: a waffle. Topped with ice cream. Covered in chocolate sauce. Hit with sliced fruit, whipped cream, and, of course, a cherry.”

The most important meal of the day? If you say so.

Click here for the full Playboy article, and here for Travel + Leisure.

Rebekah Zook

Rebekah Zook is a Duquesne grad and all-around story-telling enthusiast. A former fellow at WESA, she worked as a production assistant for their daily talk show. Most recently, she taught in the Propel Charter School system as a visiting artist. When she isn’t writing, Rebekah is a trip leader for the local non-profit organization Venture Outdoors. You can usually find her in a bright yellow kayak.