Wow, I feel like I started a small revolution here. I expected the tide of opinion to be strongly against me on this one and was prepared to suffer the slings and arrows of many, many people. I'm surprised to see as much agreement as there are.
Davydd I agree with you strongly that there is a cultural aspect to taste and one must respect that in any foreign situation. Were this Lutefisk, I probably wouldn’t have said a thing, and I assure you given the chance to share a gourd passed around in the Andes I’d be all over it, even it was filled with rancid yak blood. But in this case we are talking about meat and fries, pretty universal, at least to Americans. New York is a town filled with institutions I understand that, believe me the beer at McSorleys isn’t really particularly good, nor is any of the food they sell there, but that doesn’t stop me from waiting on line once or twice a year to get in. And the best thing about a knish at Yankee stadium is, well…It’s a knish! At Yankee stadium!
Granted there will always be varying tastes, but I think what my real question is, simply put: Is Primanti Bros. so popular simply because it is an institution or is Primanti Bros. an institution because it is so popular?
I know I will give it one more shot, I intend to go to the strip next time and on the advice of a close friend get the roast beef, and see if I can’t get someone to split it with wanderingjews recommendation of kolbassi and cheese. But I have to tell you, I sure hope the fries are crispy.
Oh and a special thanks to The Mayor whose comments I suspect were less about Primanti’s and more about keeping me from being kicked off the board and followed home for a lynching.
Edit: Wanderingjew, an other recomendations for a fellow NYer? I've done some searching here and see your name all over this topic.