if you are looking for a truly local pittsburgh treat, one that’s part of the steel city’s history, you have to stop by Primanti Bros. they are famous for adding french fries in their sandwiches!
their history goes: “back in the 1930’s, joe primanti opened a cart in the strip district selling sandwiches to truckers on the go … his brothers, dick and dtanley, joined him along with nephew john depriter who was the cook. according to john, ‘one winter, a fella drove in with a load of potatoes. he brought a few of ’em over to the restaurant to see if they were frozen. i fried the potatoes on our grill and they looked pretty good. a few of our customers asked for them, so i put the potatoes on their sandwiches.’ and the rest is history. the Primanti Sandwich: a true taste of pittsburgh.”
(above: the “colossal” fish sandwich)
we stopped by for a quick bite at the strip district location. it was as casual as it could be: we picked a table, the server (and cook) came to take our order and returned with our food on parchment paper (no plates or utensils). and the fries on the sandwich? how could you go wrong? fries are usually served on the side of sandwiches anyway, why not ON it?
go check out one of their 17 restaurants in the pittsburgh area (or the 3 in florida, yes, florida!)