Primanti Bros. of Pittsburgh
There was a first this past weekend. I went to Pittsburgh. Frankly, I loved it. To top it off, I had a personal tour by a best friend. I got the inside scoop on the city by someone who is from there. Beat googling TripAdvisor any day.
Our first stop, mainly because no one had eaten yet, was to grab lunch at a famous local establishment, Primanti Bros., down on The Strip. It was Saturday so market vendors had the street converted into a giant flea + farmer's market. If I lived there, pretty sure I'd be doing half my grocery shopping down there on Saturdays.
As it was, we were after only one meal so we jumped in line at Primanti Bros. We were only a party of four so the wait was only about 15 minutes. Once inside, I soon discovered that the burgers were more than one person could handle.
I had the Pitt's - Burger. It comes with fries on it. And cole slaw on it. The patty had a unique flavor that was tasteful. I split the sandwich with my tour guide and the table collectively dove into an order of cheesy fries. I was stuffed. Thank god we did a lot of walking because otherwise, I am pretty sure I'd still be filled up.
This establishment is the original cafe (there are several others around the city). The place is about 80 years old. The reason everything comes piled on the sandwich is pretty simple. Across the street were the Steel Mills and the workers only had a few minutes for lunch. So they'd come across, order a sandwich, the place would pile everything between the buns, wrap it, and the workers would take it and go back across the roadway.
As far as eateries go, this is a must if you visit the city. Easily gains a 5/5 on the rating scale. Traveler's tip, when visiting this place, look at the murals on the inside, on the entry side, where prominent city heroes are painted on the walls.