I thought it would be fun to put together some of my favorite spots around the city as well as some of the more popular spots to eat, sleep and play. This is definitely not a complete list, but some of the places I know the best or are tried and true spots. Hopefully this can be helpful for someone visiting or moving to our beautiful city.
If you’ve never been to Pamela’s Diner, then stop what you’re doing and pencil it into your schedule asap.
It’s not fancy, but it’s so good. There are several locations around the city to choose from so you likely won’t have to travel far to get there. I’ve been to the Shadyside, Strip District and Squirrel Hill locations and they are all great. They are only open for breakfast and brunch/lunch, so make sure you get there early.
Each location has old photos and a very vintage theme. The menu is simple, it’s affordable and the portions are huge.
They have the best breakfast potatoes. I have no idea how they make them, but they are so flavorful and creamy. I usually end up getting the two egg breakfast which comes with two eggs, the potatoes, a breakfast meat and toast.
They also have pretty yummy pancakes. They aren’t super fluffy, though. They almost look like a crepe. The last time we were there Eric got the banana and walnut pancakes and they were awesome.
They don’t serve alcohol, so if you are after a boozy brunch this won’t be the place for it.
It’s also a cash only restaurant, so make sure you have enough cash before you go because they don’t have ATMs inside. Eric and I made that mistake the first time we went there and had to walk down the street to an ATM.
Have you ever been? If so, what’s your favorite thing to order?
This past weekend was Anthrocon. It was the 20th year for the convention and was held right here in Pittsburgh. I don’t know a lot about it, but the website for the convention says, “Anthrocon is the world’s largest convention for those fascinated with anthropomorphics, which are humanlike animal characters such as have fascinated mankind since the dawn of human imagination. We are a collection of artists, animators, writers, costumers, puppeteers, and just everyday fans who enjoy cartoon animals and their kin. Membership is open to any and all who like to imagine what it would be like if animals could walk and talk as we do.”
Eric and I thought it would be fun to head down to the convention center on Saturday and see if we could see any hanging around. To our surprise, we got down there just in time for the parade of all 1,500 of them! The crowd was huge. People brought their kids down to see them. Some were circulating in the crowd for photos. It was such a fun, positive event. People old and young were loving it.
All the ones we met and got photos with were super friendly. They all stopped for pictures with everyone who asked. The city was also so welcoming. There were signs saying “Furries Welcome” at a bunch of businesses.
It was definitely something fun that you don’t get to see every day. Did anyone else see them?
(Left: Me and my friends Eva and Noel at The Abbey last week. Right: A yummy strawberry and basil cocktail and pretty peonies.)
DVE Comedy Festival
The DVE Comedy Festival is tonight at the Byham Theater. Comedians Chris D’Elia, Roy Wood Jr., Bret Ernst and Jimmy Shubert are all part of it. Tickets are $55. I love stand up comedy and this sounds really fun.
Jam on Walnut
I’ve never been to this, but I know it draws a huge crowd. It’s an outdoor concert on Saturday that is a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Walnut Street in Shadyside is shut down for the night and there’s lots of music, food and booze. If you can’t make it to this one, they do it again in July and August.
Ingrid Michaelson concert
Ingrid Michaelson will perform at Stage AE on Sunday. Simple Plan and Magic! will also be performing. The concert is part of the 100.7 Star acoustic Sunday funday. The concert starts at 6 p.m. General admission is $35.
Festa Junina at Spirit
Spirit in Lawrenceville is holding an event tonight celebrating Brazilian music and culture. Their website says to wear a plaid shirt and dance to Brazilian rhythms from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. There is a $5 cover charge. You have to be 21 for this event.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood exhibit
If you are looking for something to do with kids the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood exhibit is now open at the Children’s Museum. It looks super cute and fun.
The fountain at Highland Park. My favorite place to spend warm days.
Hiking at McConnell’s Mills & the best meal from Lock and Dam Hotdog Shop.
Making: Dinner plans for Friday night.
Drinking: Iced tea, always.
Watching: NashvilleNashville. I have been a loyal fan of the show since it started, but I reeeeally hate the way some of the story lines have gone this season. Can we go one season where Deacon and Rayna aren’t on the verge of breaking up/hating each other/whatever other drama happens? And don’t even get me started on Maddie.
Reading: I started reading “Empire Falls” by Richard Russo, but I have been pretty slow at it. So far I like it.
Enjoying: Spending all of my free time at home with Eric.
Listening: Chris Stapleton’s album. So good.
Wanting: For a whole week of warm, sunny weather. I’m so tired of all the rain.
Loving: The fact that I’ve lost 5 pounds recently. I’ve been eating way better and exercising more and it’s actually paying off.
Waiting: For my hair appointment on Saturday. I’m getting my highlights done and I’m like 90% sure I’m chopping off several inches. I just feel like I need a new look for a while. You can check out my hair and makeup board on Pinterest to see what I’m thinking.
Smelling: My summer perfumes. So much lighter and fresher.
Wearing: Brighter colors for spring.
Searching: For a new apartment or house to rent.
Feeling: Busy and burnt out. I’m taking nine days of vacation the last week of May and it can’t come soon enough. I need some time away from work to recharge.