No trip to Pittsburgh is complete without visiting Primanti Brothers, especially if it is your first visit. The Primanti Sandwich was born in the 1930's and has been a classic ever since. Any fan of Man vs. Food is most likely acquainted with this sandwich full of meat, French fries, Primanti's cole slaw and tomatoes. While Primanti's has other menu items like soup and salads, how can you not try the sandwich at least once?
We were very lucky to be staying at a hotel near The Strip, a shopping and restaurant district in Pittsburgh. We were able to walk to Primanti Brothers from our hotel. After a pleasant walk, we settled in. The restaurant fills in quite quick in the evening, so you may want to get there a little early. We were there around 4:45PM and by 5PM there was a line for tables. You can also carryout. Here is a look at the cute joint:
There are actually a surprising number of sandwiches to choose from. It took me awhile, but I settled on the turkey. My husband had the pastrami. The staff was very accommodating when it came to my daughter. They made her a ham sandwich with fries and cole slaw on the side. This, of course, made me breath a sigh of relief--you know how picky the little ones can be!
Our sandwiches came quick. Look at the wonderful creation below:
I loved the slaw. It was a tad sweet and not mayonnaisey. I hate when a slaw is drenched in mayo! I felt like there was there right amount of fries on the sandwich. I was worried that there would be too many. Instead, the sandwich seemed balanced. That being said, I only ate half of mine and brought the rest back to the room to nibble on later. The sandwich held up well for later that day.
Some other things to note about Primanti Brothers: The restaurant in The Strip is open 24 hours, perfect for travelers unsure if when they will arrive. Also, it is cash only, so make sure to bring some greenbacks with you. The other locations all appear to have generous hours as well, so you can definitely hit Primanti's anytime you arrive.
We enjoyed our taste of Pittsburgh and will be heading back to Primanti Brothers when we return to the city. Besides the good food, the restaurant also was very lively, giving you the beat of the city. Quite a way to truly be part of Pittsburgh!
**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.