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From journal Andy Warhol Museum
Wheeling, West Virginia
November 16, 2006
From journal Pittsburgh - Home of the Three Rivers
August 14, 2006
From journal A Young Couple in Pittsburgh
New Haven, Connecticut
April 19, 2006
Long story short: If you only eat one meal in Pittsburgh, this should be it, as the Primanti's Sandwich (choice of meat, with Provelone, Polish vinegar slaw, and French fries on top, all between two slices of airy Italian white bread) is the Burgh's signature taste. Chances are this is the first place your hosts will think to take you for grub. You have to taste it to believe it—any Pittsburgher can tell you how suddenly and unexpectedly the Primantis craving can attack. We lucky yinzers can eat them any time we want, though—you'll have to get your fill while you're still here!
BONUS: For reasons none of us can quite comprehend, Primanti's—otherwise a Pittsburgh-exclusive chain—has also opened two Ft. Lauderdale, FL, locations. What is up with that?
From journal Pittsburgh's Best Dives
January 8, 2006
From journal Pittsburgh: Home of the Steelers!
July 21, 2005
Their claim to fame is what I think is the world's best sandwich: a generous serving of grilled meats and cheeses topped with slices of tomato, coleslaw, and hot, crisp French fries between two thick slabs of fresh, chewy Italian bread that you could hardly fit into your mouth.
Service is always fast and friendly.
From journal Pittsburgh - True Renaissance City
, West Virginia
June 22, 2005
We stray from the river to Market Square. I’m sure that at least one of their stores must
be on water, but Market Square is easy to find. This can be a noisy, crowded place where
you must elbow your way to the counter to place your order. Stand back three-deep and
wait, because nobody is going to bring it to you. Heck, nobody can get through! Our first
glimpse of the outside tells us this isn’t one of those days.
Late Friday afternoon, we even find parking on the square. Inside, the sparse happy-hour
crowd is sedate. Decor reminds us of an established city institution, well-known to locals
and visitors alike.
Except for the fact that music for this low-key afternoon crowd could be a few decibels
lower, we feel relaxed sitting at the bar with the menu spread out before us on the wall. I
hardly look at it and ask the server what is best. He recommends pastrami.
After studying the menu, David decides against all the Italian meats that sound good to
me and orders the cheesesteak. Oops, he doesn’t know that all Primanti’s sandwiches
have sweet-and-sour slaw on them unless otherwise specified. I have to explain to him
that he won’t be getting a Philly cheesesteak!
No, this is a "Pittsburgh cheesesteak." The best part is the homemade Italian bread, but
the sweet-and-sour sauce is good, too. David rakes off his slaw with his finger, and I get
a side helping of it after I ask for a plastic fork and extra wax paper--well, there’s no
room for it on my sandwich!
Yum! I’m so glad I ordered the pastrami. Now, how to handle it?
Fries inevitably fall off, so I ask for ketchup and squirt it on the paper. You know, I think
articles have been written about "How to Eat a Primanti Sandwich," but there are no
hard-and-fast rules. You can even pick up those blops of slaw with your fingers when
they fall on your paper. Just don’t plan on getting finished anytime soon. Allow extra
time--and not because service is slow.
It’s a full-meal deal, most for under 5 bucks. I count five courses on those sandwiches,
so I don’t need to regret not going somewhere else for a dinner. Besides, sometimes I’m
just in the mood for Primanti Brothers.
From journal Three Rivers: Stages for Empires and Arts
July 14, 2004
The original in the Strip is open 24/7 and is a hot spot after the bars and clubs start to close. The Strip doubles as a market during the day and hot bars at night, and come 3am you will have to rub shoulders with Pittsburgh's finest to shout out your order.
It's a great place to go with friends and to meet people as well. With such a great reputation, who knows who you will encounter!
From journal Pittsburgh Steels My Heart!
March 24, 2004
From journal All Six Major Food Groups