Gail Klingensmith was sitting yesterday morning inside the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., and hyperventilating — “breathing into a bag.”
Her business partner, Pam Cohen, was “comatose” and staring at a magazine.
Didn’t sound as though these ladies actually were enjoying “the top thing that could ever have happened” during their successful careers of making arguably Pittsburgh’s, even the nation’s, best pancakes. (more…)
From the blog of one of our Customers:
I was just sitting here talking with a friend who had just returned from Pamela’s for lunch about how the banana chocolate chip pancakes are amazing. Then during the end of the White House Daily Briefing which was running on CNN one of the reporters asked White House Press Secretary who President Obama will support in the super bowl. Robert Gibbs replied that the best breakfast they had on the campaign was at a place in Pittsburgh that they visited with Dan Rooney. You can’t here Gibbs say Pamela’s but a quick Google search brings up this photo of the Obama’s and Dan Rooney at the Pamela’s in the Strip District. (more…)
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Pamela’s is one of those must-visit institutions of Pittsburgh (there’s a framed photo of President Obama near the door from his visit during the 2008 campaign) but all the hype is deserved. Mostly because of the crazy crispy edges on their hotcakes. They’re like the crusts of perfectly well-done latkes, all crackly, and you immediately fork-cut them off. The hotcakes are somewhere between a crepe and a pancake, with all the good qualities of each—slightly spongy and buttery to boot, with that brown lacey pancake design on the surface. But the best part of all are those crispy edges. They come two to a plate, all rolled up and burrito-sized, stuffed with fresh strawberry slices, brown sugar, and tangy sour cream. You can also get them with blueberries and sour cream, bananas and walnuts, or bananas and chocolate chips, but the strawberry was our favorite.
Source By: Serious Eats!
When it comes to Pittsburgh staples, Pamela’s P&G Diner is definitely in the higher echelons. It has been reported many times over that the Obamas are even fans of Pittsburgh’s classic diner. When it comes to getting a delicious, greasy breakfast, there are few places that top Pamela’s. (more…)
The first annual ‘Best Chain on Main’ competition, held by the Commercial District Advisor (CDA), in partnership with the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), recognizes regional and national chain stores that pave the way for commercial revitalization. Based on investment in underserved urban markets, ability to provide excellent service, maintain clean and attractive stores, storefronts and merchandise displays, and their contribution to local commercial revitalization efforts, Pamela’s P&G Diner was awarded second place. Pamela’s P&G owner, Gail Klingensmith, is a long-time friend of Kurman Communications, Inc. president, Cindy Kurman.
Chosen from a nationwide pool of nominees submitted by retailers, community groups and local residents, Pamela’s P&G Diner is a uniquely themed restaurant chain with six locations in and around Pittsburgh, Pa.
“Restaurants can be a vital neighborhood anchor, and Pamela’s P&G Diner is a prime example of one that draws customers to its neighborhood through attractive design, a good product, and excellent service,” says David Feehan, president & CEO of Civitas Consultants.
Entries were evaluated on the following categories: Exterior Appearance, Interior Apperance, Customer Service, Willingness to Locate in Low-and Moderate Income Communities and Donation to Local Causes.
“The winner of the ‘Best Chain on Main’ operate in neighborhoods that are largely underserved with respect to retail—they show that retailers can operate successfully in these places while also providing quality services and products in a clean inviting atmosphere,” says Jake Cowan, Director of LISC MetroEdge, the nation’s pioneering urban market research firm.
Other winners include first place winner, Villa, an urban-inspired apparel and footwear retailer and third place winner, The Fresh Grocer, an urban grocery store chain.
Source By: Got Buzz
The following is a guest post from Gail Klingensmith, one of the owners of Pamela’s P&G Diner who won the Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award for large business on January 14, 2011. Congratulations again to Pamela’s Diner, thank you for the example of excellence in diversity and inclusion you set in our community!
Gail Klingensmith and Pam Cohen tell me why investing in commercial revitalization is good for business, and what to do if you are interested in bringing a Pamela’s P&G Diner to your community.
How would you describe your dining concept?
Gail: We specialize in full-service breakfast and lunch 7 days a week. Everything is made to order. It’s not fine dining but it’s fast and furious. (more…)
Pittsburgh’s Pamela’s Diner claims to have the best breakfast in Pittsburgh, and it seems that all who dine here agree. From their famous crepe-style hotcakes to their savory homemade corned beef hash, Pamela’s P&G Diner is the queen of all breakfasts in the city. Even President Barack Obama himself gives Pamela’s a thumb up. (more…)
Two Pittsburgh diner owners spent Memorial Day in the White House kitchen, flipping their famous flapjacks for President Barack Obama and 80 veterans.
Obama got his first taste of Pamela’s P&G Diner pancakes while campaigning last April in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, an eclectic market neighborhood. During that visit, he ate the crepe-thin pancakes at the diner owned by Gail Klingensmith and Pamela Cohen. (more…)