While we certainly enjoy trying the hip new spots that like to be creative, we also enjoy visiting the local, old-school locations, especially at breakfast time. While passing through Carnegie around 8:00 a.m. this weekend (don’t ask why), we saw quite a crowd of cars in the parking lot of Bob’s Diner. Figuring “if a crowd loves it, then let’s see what the buzz is about,” we went in and found a nice breakfast atmosphere. It was a Saturday morning and the locals were discussing the H.S. football game from the previous night and the staff was pleasant and attentive. After getting some coffee, I decided to go for the gusto and get the mixed grill. Or rather it was lack of a decision that lead me to order , since I just couldn’t make up my mind and I wasn’t awake enough to rationalize. The mixed grill was good, but nothing special. In fact, I wish there was breakfast sausage in it instead of smoked summer sausage. I found it filling and very much enjoyed the Mancini’s Italian toast that accompanied it.
Upon the writing of this review, I’ve now discovered that Bob’s Diner has 3 Pittsburgh locations with one more opening in the south hills on Painters Run Road soon. If nothing else, it is a locally-owned and operated establishment, so pay them a visit if you’re out for breakfast and take in some hearty breakfast food (and even take the time to do some people watching like we did).