DeLuca’s Diner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
DeLuca’s Diner, a smaller, older, rather ordinary building, dressed in bricks and faded red paint. A rooster sits atop, welcoming the day, and patrons, to a hearty hot breakfast. Serving breakfast and lunch they are open from 6:00-6:30-7am to 2:30-3pm depending on the day.
We didn’t travel to Pittsburgh just to eat at DeLuca’s, but to attend a couple Pittsburgh Penguins games and see the city.
It was our March break family vacation. Instead of hitting the beach like so many others, we decided to hit the streets.
Located on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, the old fashioned diner has been open since 1950. They’ve opened a second location in more recent years, but we headed for the original.
So how did we end up there one morning, waiting on the sidewalk in a line that lasts for hours?
The Travel Channel’s Man v. Food, and host Adam Richman, did an episode in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Adam visited DeLuca’s Diner, Primanti Bros. and Quaker Steak & Lube. Our family loves this show!
When we got to Pittsburgh we knew we wanted to head to the Strip District and one of these restaurants. Since we were looking for breakfast/brunch, DeLuca’s it was! Plus, I love old fashioned diners; they offer a tiny glimpse of the past.
The food itself was great and the servings generous. If you get the chance to go I would recommend it and a visit to the Strip District in general. This is especially true if you’re looking for a more authentic glimpse of the city.
As for what we had to eat, here’s a run-down:
My son had a plate sized pancake, my daughter went with a Chocolate Strawberry crepe topped with hot fudge, whipped cream and a powdered sugar dusting, and a milkshake.
My husband went with Deluca’s Mixed Grill, a loaded plate with your choice of meat, eggs, and grilled veggies (zucchini, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, green and red peppers), home fries and toast.
I opted for the Blissful Beginnings with choice of eggs, meat (bacon for me!) and home fries.
The Strip District, which runs down Penn Ave., is lined with restaurants, shops and bars. Often described as ‘hip’ and ‘thriving’ there is a definite vibe to experience here. The sidewalks are busy, and though a bit rough around the edges, the area charismatic and appealing.
We spent a good deal of time here, wandering the street, and checking out the shops and stores. When we all were weary of wandering we caught a shuttle back to our hotel.
Our visit to DeLuca’s Diner and the Strip District was an incredibly fun part of our Pittsburgh exploration.