Monday, March 5, 2012

Primanti Brothers (Revisit) - Pittsburgh, PA

Featured on Food Paradise and Man vs. Food.

During the first visit outlined below, I wasn't  impressed with the Primanti.  Yes, the sandwich is a stomachful. Yes it is visually impressive. But it lacked foodie zing.

As I was back in Pittsburgh, I decided to give it another shot.  I walked in planning to order the Pastrami but after reviewing the menu, decided upon their Number 2 bestseller.

The Number 2 bestseller according to the menu is the Pitts-burgher Cheese Steak at just under $6. Not seeing what Number 1 is, I asked the waitress what is and she replied beer.  I really wasn't in the mood for cheese steak but I had to see why it was Number 2.

From the name I envisioned it would be like a Philly cheesesteak.  The waitress plopped the above on the table.  The meat wasn't Philly Cheese Steak style chopped steak but a hamburger patty with melted cheese.  The patty was slightly better quality than a McDonald's patty with a smoother texture and beefier taste reminiscent of Salisbury steak.

The coleslaw volume made it a coleslaw sandwich with meat topping (or bottom).  The fries were decent but unsalted.  I felt the fries were better standalone than in the sandwhich.  This was a case where the whole was not greater than the sum of the parts.

The sandwich fulfills the need to stuff yourself silly but it isn't must-eat food. If you're in Pittsburgh, eat at Primanti's to say you've eaten an iconic sandwich.  Then indulge in all the other food opportunities available on the Square and the Cultural District.

First visit Oct 5, 2010

Possibly Pittsburgh's most famous restaurant.

Pastrami. It's a sandwich stuffed with fries and coleslaw.

I came with high expectations for an out of the world experience. The bread was very soft. The pastrami was good but lacking in quantity. Overall, it was bland. The textures were incongruous and the flavors fought each other. Bottom line: It didn't meet expectations.

2 South Market Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 261-1599

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