When you’re out strolling along Liberty Avenue in Dahntahn Pittsburgh, you tend to see a lot of different things. It really didn’t surprise me to find an old school diner tucked away between a liquor store and a donut shop. As you can tell, Hanlon’s Cafe isn’t your standard run of the mill diner with a flashing light above it that reads “EAT HERE”. It’s much more than that. Hanlon’s Cafe was originally located across from Mercy Hospital for 15 years and is now located at 961 Liberty Avenue, Dahntahn Pittsburgh, and let me tell you, I am officially addicted. When you first walk in, you are taken back by how retro the place looks. It almost seems out of place. The classic diner counter is lined with spinning red stools with fresh baked coffee cakes in glass cases on top of it. Behind the counter is the grill and chalk board with the specials scratched onto it. Red vinyl booths fill the rest of the room and you feel like Peggy Sue should be coming along in a poodle skirt any minute to buy you a malt.
My first trip to Hanlon’s, it was busy, but the staff moved quickly and efficiently. Seated at the diner, I ordered a standard BLT and sweet potato fries and proceeded to strike up a conversation with the friendly cook working the grill in front of me while I waited anxiously for my lunch. The sandwich hit the spot and the sweet potato fries were done perfectly. I knew after that meal that I would be visiting Hanlon’s Cafe more often. How could I not? The food and service were great, the atmosphere was uplifting and the prices were definitely right.
I’ve gone back to Hanlon’s two times since my first experience and I am never disappointed. Most recently, I decided to try their breakfast menu since they serve breakfast all day. I am such a sucker for a good home cooked breakfast, so I was really curious to see if this place could live up to my expectations. After perusing the menu, I decided on the Hanlon’s Handful, which consisted of two eggs any style, your choice of meat and potatoes, PLUS your choice of pancakes or French toast. It was spectacular. The home fries I had seemed to melt in my mouth and the French toast was thick and covered in cinnamon and powdered sugar. Hanlon’s will say that this is the best breakfast in Pittsburgh, and I have to say, for $4.99 they most definitely have my attention.
For more mouth watering items, check out Hanlon’s Cafe menus here: http://www.hanlonscatering.com/
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