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Best Places For Grilled Cheese In Pittsburgh

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Grilled cheese sandwiches bring back memories of summer vacation from school, weekends and school days. It's the perfect go-to lunch at home for kids everywhere. But just because you've grown up, doesn't mean you have stopped loving this tasty staple. Sure, maybe now you eat it with the crust on and even try some different cheeses, but sometimes there is nothing better than a simple grilled cheese. Here are some great places in Pittsburgh where you can sit down and have a tasty grilled cheese, just like when you were a kid. No cooking is required on your part.

Pamela's Diner
60 21st St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 281-6366

With locations in the Strip District, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Oakland, Millvale and Mt. Lebanon, Pamela's Diner offers several convenient places for you to enjoy some grilled cheese goodness. Pamela's is known for its breakfast, but also has some tasty lunch options. You can enjoy a plain grilled cheese sandwich or add bacon or ham to make it extra tasty. Either way, it's served with french fries. If you have a more adventurous palate, you might also try the grilled bacon and peanut butter sandwich. The warm, gooey peanut butter is sure to bring back some fond memories as well.

Deluca's Restaurant
2015 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 566-2195

With locations in the Strip District and Robinson, Deluca's is a diner that is quickly gaining fame for its tasty breakfast dishes. If it's lunch time, though, you can enjoy a grilled cheese made on the same well-seasoned grill as your morning bacon. Deluca's offers a choice of Italian, wheat or rye breads for your sandwich. You can have it plain or with bacon and you can also add lettuce and tomato if you prefer. If you are lucky enough to go to Deluca's on the weekend, you can also enjoy a bowl of its famous lobster bisque with your sandwich.

Kelly O's Diner
100 24th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 232-3447

With locations in the Strip District and the North Hills, Kelly O's is also a well-known breakfast spot, but you won't want to miss out on the tasty lunch options, so take some time to sleep in and go a little later. Kelly O's makes grilled cheese on Mancini bread, another childhood staple if you grew up in Pittsburgh. You can choose from plain grilled American cheese or grilled cheese with ham. Either way, it's served with chips and a pickle. Enjoy it with a bowl of Kelly O's tasty chili or the homemade soup of the day.

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Nadine's Bar And Restaurant
19 S. 27th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 481-1793

Located in the South Side, Nadine's Bar and Restaurant offers the best of many things. It is a bar that also serves a great breakfast. For that time in between, though, you can enjoy a variety of tasty lunch options. Among them, of course, is the grilled cheese sandwich. At Nadine's, you can enjoy your grilled cheese plain or with bacon and tomato. You can add some fries to your order or enjoy it with an order of deep fried mac and cheese wedges.

Valliant's Diner
3418 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(412 364-9577

Located in the North Hills, Valliant's Diner offers a perfect old-fashioned diner atmosphere serving all of your diner favorites. At Valliant's, you can enjoy a classic grilled cheese. Add a bowl of homemade soup or a fresh side salad, or if you're a little hungry, go with the tasty Greek salad with kalamata olives and feta cheese. If you're looking to change it up a bit, you can try the grilled bologna and cheese with egg or an old fashioned BLT.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at

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