The Curmudgeon And Primanti's

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/27 11:18:58 (permalink)
Mr. Metroplex, it's not a question of whether I have YET TO EVEN TRY Five Guys. I have no intention of ever crossing the threshhold of a place that I know destroys ground beef patties.
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/27 15:24:30 (permalink)
My goto at Primanti's is the Colossial Fish and Cheese.  My son will mix things up and try different things, but always without the slaw.  He hasn't learned to appreciate the joy of vegetables at almost 12, so he misses out on the full experience. 
 
We have been to several of their different restaurants, but our favorite is still the original in the Strip District.  The last time we were there in June, we got the opportunity to sit at the counter and watch the action at lunch time. 
 
Now, Five Guys... they do make a damn good burger!!  I cannot eat at places like McDonalds at the like (nor would I want to anymore), but Five Guys is a different story.  The fries with the Cajun seasoning are excellent!  Burger quality is usually the same from place to place, which is important.  I'm glad we don't have one in my town (as I'd be there a couple times a week), so until a couple of weeks ago when they opened in Beckley, the closest one was in Blacksburg. 
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/30 12:56:05 (permalink)
My lunch today.....

There are many restaurants in Western Pennsylvania that make Primanti sandwich knockoffs.  But, this is the first time I have ever seen them in slider form.  And they were excellent!  They were from Porky's Smokehouse, just south of Butler. 
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/10/30 12:57:37
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/30 15:30:47 (permalink)
I just can't understand calling a nice fellow like Mr Hoffman "The Curmodgeon"!  
 
Cliff, looks like mayo on that slaw 
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/30 15:59:53 (permalink)
 
If you want a truly unique, zany experience at Pirmantis, go to the original one in Pittsburgh's Strip District one Saturday nite/Sunday moring after midnite. There you will find the store PACKED with drunken college students, wedding parties, people in black tie and gowns who were at the Opera or Symphony and late night owls looking for a sandwich. You could cast a movie with all the characters in that place!
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/30 16:14:11 (permalink)
Heck, it was like that last Thursday afternoon.
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/30 17:23:38 (permalink)
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Those sliders look great!!  We'll have to try Porky's next time we're in the area.  That is, if I can drag the curmudgeon away from Primanti's!
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/31 04:40:06 (permalink)
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You are 100% correct about late at night (especially on weekends) being the best time to visit the original Primanti's.  I didn't start going there until college and all my visits there were at 2:00 in the morning when the place was filled with drunks.  It was shocking to go there the first time during the day to see families.
 
lleechef-
Porky's is a local smokehouse that has a small regular menu, but is at its best with three lunch specials and two dinner specials every weekday.  This was the first time I had seen the Primanti-like sliders.  I sure hope they have them again.  The owner is a CIA graduate and their food is so much better than the typical local restaurant.      
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/31 04:46:44 (permalink)
joerogo-
Yes, that is mayo on the slaw, but it was nice and crispyand wasn't what I would call a wet slaw. Otherwise, it wouldn't have worked.  I do still prefer the vinegar slaw on the sandwich.
 
jimcfs1-
As much as I love fish sandwiches, the idea of a Primanti's fish sandwich just doesn't appeal to me.  I really do need to try it before I completely dismiss it.  Thanks for the reminder and that will be my order the next time I am there.
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/31 07:32:45 (permalink)
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Mr. Metroplex, it's not a question of whether I have YET TO EVEN TRY Five Guys. I have no intention of ever crossing the threshhold of a place that I know destroys ground beef patties.


O.K., but if you keep on eating those frozen, then thawed, patties from Waffle House "cooked" medium rare I regret to say that I see a little E-Coli in your future.
 
Truth is, I saw this thread as a golden opportunity for me to win the Nobel Peace Prize.  Clearly, I failed .
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/31 10:47:28 (permalink)
Waffle House, by the way, has a very high standard of food safety.I worked there.
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/31 11:52:40 (permalink)
Still reeling to know there's a Primanti's in Cranberry Twp now. When I lived there, the only place to eat was Hartner's, and there was much rejoicing when a Burger King opened at the corner of Rt19 and 228.
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/31 12:19:31 (permalink)
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As much as I love fish sandwiches, the idea of a Primanti's fish sandwich just doesn't appeal to me.  I really do need to try it before I completely dismiss it.  Thanks for the reminder and that will be my order the next time I am there.

 
I think of it as a Buffalo fish fry as a sandwich.  Since I get to the 'Burgh a lot more than I get back to WNY anymore, it satisfies the craving.
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/31 12:59:13 (permalink)
Suzy Gruyere

Still reeling to know there's a Primanti's in Cranberry Twp now. When I lived there, the only place to eat was Hartner's, and there was much rejoicing when a Burger King opened at the corner of Rt19 and 228.
Cranberry Twp is absolutely being overrun.  It is turning into Monroeville.  At first, I was happy to have all these new restaurant and shopping choices in the area, but the traffic is out of control.  It is now creeping up the Rte. 228 corridor and Mars seems to be next.  

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/31 16:30:03 (permalink)
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As much as I love fish sandwiches, the idea of a Primanti's fish sandwich just doesn't appeal to me.  I really do need to try it before I completely dismiss it.  Thanks for the reminder and that will be my order the next time I am there.


I think of it as a Buffalo fish fry as a sandwich.  Since I get to the 'Burgh a lot more than I get back to WNY anymore, it satisfies the craving.

You really enjoy eating buffalo fish?
 

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/31 19:17:57 (permalink)
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Waffle House, by the way, has a very high standard of food safety.I worked there.


I have nothing but highest regard for Waffle House and in no way meant to cast an aspersion.  However, Mr. Hoffman has expressed an affinity for ordering his Waffle House burgers "rare".  And he insists that his local Waffle House accomodates this request. 
 
As Waffle House burgers come into the store frozen and are then thawed in the refridgerator prior to preparation.  Frying such a product to anything less than an internal temp of 160F is inviting disaster.
 
And, of course the fact that Mr. Hoffman is so disdainful of Five Guys that he refuses even to go through their door, is a continuing puzzlement to me.  I continue to hope that the open-mindedness he displayed with his'revelation' re: Primanti Bros. may someday lead him to sample Five Guys.
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/10/31 19:24:42 (permalink)
Sorry I've taken so long to repond. Ernie Coli and I have been playing acey-ducey, and I agreed to let him try to get some of his money back. I've been whupping the guy for years, but he never learns.
 
Now, as to those medium rare burgers at the Waffle House, all I can say is they're delicious with grilled onions and cheese, plus a little mayonnaise, on a toasted bun. Oh, hold the garden, including the pickles.
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/11/01 14:36:27 (permalink)
As a certified food handler for the state of Wisconsin, cooking a burger medium rare is not against the law.Its a choice made by the restaurant. Disclaimers are usually made........No disaster, my friend. I still eat cannibal sandwiches....raw ground round on rye with onion, salt and pepper.
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/11/01 15:53:03 (permalink)
I thought I was the only one who called them cannibal sandwiches. That's what my father called them when I was a kid. I love them -- on white or rye.
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/11/02 00:24:44 (permalink)
Michael Hoffman
Mr. Metroplex, it's not a question of whether I have YET TO EVEN TRY Five Guys. I have no intention of ever crossing the threshhold of a place that I know destroys ground beef patties.

Forget the Burgers. Go for the Hot Dogs. I get the Dogs with Grilled Onions, Mushrooms & Mustard.  I'm gonna try some with the Schrooms, Onions and either A-1 Sauce, BBQ Sauce and Hot Sauce next rtime.
They're very good!
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's 2012/11/02 07:11:52 (permalink)
Cannibal sandwiches!!!! HAVENT HEARD THAT TERM IN MANY YEARS!!--EATEN A FEW THOUGH!!!Glad to know that i am not the only crazy person out there! It is nice that i can get the meat from ranches i know,fresh and grass fed!A perk of living in cattle country!--Now--if only i could get GOOD RYE!
 
 
 
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