Pittsburgh fish sandwiches

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Shirley U. Jest
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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Mon, 11/24/08 8:33 AM
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one of my favorite sandwich's is the Grouper Reuben.
After eating it, 6 yrs ago.. I've never touched corned beef in a reuben again.. just too salty for people watching their bloat content.....

Grouper isn't salty.
it works perfectly.

Islamorada Fish House in Hollywood FL and Islamorada Key Florida makes them perfectly.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 03/14/09 7:46 PM
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North Hills Fish Sandwiches.......
Kretzler's on Babcock Blvd. is tops. Delicious, big, not too expensive.
Perrytowne Tap House -  Delicious, big, a tad more expensive.
Willies - Big, a little on the bland side but ok, overpriced
North Park Lodge - overrated, meals there are big, but bland
Outside North Hills - of course The Oyster House and a plug for Armand's in Bloomfield.
I'm sure there's plenty of others around town, but those are my favorites in the neighborhoods I'm usually in.


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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Mon, 06/22/09 8:04 AM
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Over the weekend, I had a couple really good fish sandwiches.
 
On Saturday, I was downtown and decided to eat at Wiener World.  I had every intention of getting a couple of dogs or maybe a kielbasa.  But when I saw the sign for the fish, I knew that is what I had to get.  In their Roadfood review, the Sterns have good things to say about the fish.  Unfortunately, I have never been able to get one myself.  Since the only times I am here is on Saturdays, they are usually out of fish sandwiches, having sold them all the day before.  Here is what I was given:

This was three lengths of what I am assuming was cod, broke in half and placed on a bun.  You sure don't get cheated here, do you?  This sandwich cost $7.00.  I was asked if I wanted tartar or cocktail sauces.
 
Obviously, you can't pick up this sandwich and eat it this way, so I took four of those pieces and snapped it into small chunks and dipped them into one of the sauces.  The fish was lightly breaded and tasted very fresh.  I am so glad I finally got to try one of these.
 
My buddy Mike and I have a bit of a tradition.  Our fathers passed away within a couple of months of each other about a decade ago.  So, we usually get together on Father's Day.  Yesterday, we went and ate at Big Jim's in the Run, which the waitress said was located in Lower Greenfield.  Some of you may recognize the place from their appearance on D, D & D.  Mike had never been here before and I knew that the bar food type menu would really appeal to him.
 
He thoroughly enjoyed his jalapeno poppers and chicken parm hoagie (the waitress had a strong Pittsburgh accent and I enjoyed hearing her say hoagie).  The homemade wedding soup was too salty for my taste, but my fish was first-rate.

As you can see, this is a fairly long bun.  And still, the two fish fillets are much too long for the bun.  These were firm, substantial lengths of cod and I was unable to finish all of this.  This cost $7.95, although they also offer a smaller fish sandwich.
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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Mon, 06/22/09 9:19 AM
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Excellent picture of the Big Jim's sandwich buffetbuster!  I've been going to Big Jim's for many years, and have never had a bad meal there.  I try to squeeze it in each visit to Pittsburgh but it doesn't always work out.
 
Great veal parm sandwich there to, and I really like the stuffed banana peppers.  Agree the wedding soup is a  bit salty, but very full of meatballs and pasta.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Mon, 06/22/09 9:50 AM
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eruby-
Thanks!  It sounds like Big Jim's is one of your favorites in Pittsburgh.  I have had the wedding soup before, but don't remember it being that salty.   My usual dish when I go is the chicken parm, but I recently had someone tell me they make a great reuben, too.  Along with the stuffed banana peppers you mention, I will try that next time!

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Mon, 06/22/09 10:04 AM
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After seeing Big Jim's on DD&Ds, I thought that they were an Italian restaurant?  This was one of the places on my short list of places to hit - should I make it to Pittsburgh some time soon. 

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Mon, 06/22/09 10:27 AM
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buffetbuster - the reuben is very good as well;  my sister-in-law gets it all the time. Ditto on the chicken parm, and too big to finish.
 
A place I love for the fish sandwich (though it's an Italian place with all-around great food) is Persichetti's in Jeannette.  The waitresses there always recommend  Pitzer's Townhouse (just around the corner) for the best fish sandwich, but I still haven't been.  That's the trouble with visiting Pittsburgh, too many places with too little time.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Mon, 06/22/09 11:21 AM
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eruby-
Thanks for the tips on the fish sandwich places in Jeannette.  Living north of the city, I don't get out that way much, but now I have a reason to.

TTM-
Sorry, that hint was a little too subtle.  Could you spell it out more for me?

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Thu, 03/18/10 9:59 AM
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With this being lent, the Post-Gazette wrote up a couple of other places to get good fish sandwiches.

http://www.post-gazette.c..g/10077/1043516-440.stm

Having never been to either place, I look forward to trying them.

 
Coincidentally (or is it!), the rival Trib also reviews Hook Fish & Chicken this week.
 
http://www.pittsburghlive...ooddrink/s_672145.html
 
 
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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Thu, 03/18/10 11:11 AM
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I sampled the Edgewood location of Hook Fish and Chicken in February, and I felt it did not shine compared to Al's Fish and Chicken in Wilkinsburg. The food was only so-so, and I had to wait about twenty minutes for my food.

This was when Pittsburgh was still trying to dig out from its heavy snow, so it might not have shown itself at its best.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Thu, 03/18/10 11:14 AM
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Thanks Ralph.  I will probably try one of Hook Fish and Chicken's other locations then.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Thu, 03/18/10 11:18 AM
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I also have fond memories of the fish sandwich from Donatelli's Italian Grocery in Bloomfield. I haven't been there in a while, but I remember this as a flavorful sandwich about the volume of a football, with enough bun to hold onto the generous portions of fish. My usual approach was to eat half hot on the day I bought it, and eat the other half cold the next day.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Thu, 03/18/10 11:31 AM
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Surprised me for a minute, BB.  There's a Hook Fish & Chicken about 800 yards from my house.  But the article seems to indicate that the ones in PA are not related to the two here.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Fri, 03/19/10 10:01 AM
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Grouper is my favorite fish.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sun, 04/11/10 10:33 AM
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Buffetmaster, I am real familiar w/ Nied's Hotel's fish sandwich.  It is up there w/ other named sandwiches.  Jimmy Nied & I are really good friends, as a matter of fact, I went to his wedding in Tapei.  Now there's a food experience. 
     The kids in our neighborhood (Lawrenceville) all have had his fish growing up.  It was the only restaurant we were allowed to go to to.  Paul Nied kept us all in line.  And if anyone got out of line, we were promptly reported to the catholic school we attended and because it was the local pub, our parents would eventually hear about it too!  It's a nice family place where everyone makes an attempt to know your name.  Jimmy's amphitheater will be opening soon where local bands play.  Truly a fun night under the stars.   

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Thu, 04/29/10 11:12 AM
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It looks like it just takes Fish and bread to make a fish sandwich in PA, how unoriginal do they look ????????????? they would throw those Fish sandwiches back in California, Hawaii, Mexico, Seattle ............Billyb

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Thu, 04/29/10 12:32 PM
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Hey billyb those are fighting words for us pittsburgher's!  LOL  The fish is so delicious that is all you need with a little tartar sauce and lettuce and tomato.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Thu, 04/29/10 2:30 PM
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Hey there bb,

On our recent trip to your town I was determined to try one of these renowned sandwiches.  I thought I was in luck as one of our demos was actually scheduled to take place at Wholey's.  I figured I'd grab a sandwich and take a few minutes break to wolf it down.

Unfortunately that darned waiting line never went sufficiently down to the point where I thought I could spare the time away from my demo table.  At the very end of the day the line had died down just enough that, although I couldn't wait for a fish sandwich, I could grab a couple of cups of their excellent lobster bisque and clam chowder.

The next day we were working at a couple of McGinnis Sisters stores.  As we pulled up in front of the Monroeville store there was a sign, a wooden cut out of a giant fish, proclaiming that today was Fish Fry Day.  After getting Dad set up at his demo and before I left for my store up in Mars, I stopped at the counter and ordered a Fish Sandwich.

I'm no expert on these things, having only had one Pittsburgh Fish Sandwich in my life, but I gotta tell ya, this was one fine sandwich.  Nice crisp crust on a light flaky filet that overhung the large bun on both sides by a good inch and a half.

The only thing I wished was better was the tartar sauce.  All they had available were the little tinfoil packets (Heinz, 'natch).  Too bad they don't take the time to make their own tartar sauce to properly compliment this excellent piece of fish.

I'll try to make the time for Wholey's next time we're passing through.

Buddy
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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Thu, 04/29/10 3:40 PM
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IMHO ,three things make a good/Great fish sand ..No1 Good batter, crisp to the bite, and nice white flaky fish. No2 Great tartar sauce.No3 the bread... A real good piece of fish cooked/fried to perfection demands more respect than a run of the mill hamburger bun. ...The vegetable is a person choice , lettuce, beefsteak tomato ( I put my tomatoes in this week) Avocado slices..............Billyb

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Thu, 04/29/10 7:17 PM
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It looks like it just takes Fish and bread to make a fish sandwich in PA, how unoriginal do they look ????????????? they would throw those Fish sandwiches back in California, Hawaii, Mexico, Seattle ............Billyb

Why would any sentient being wish to ruin the taste of a fish sandwich by adding anyting other than, perhaps, tartar sauce?

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Fri, 04/30/10 6:35 PM
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Mrs. Buffalo Tarheel and I enjoyed the fish sandwich we had at Wholey's with Buffetbuster and Mariton back in March.  We plan to eat there again early next week during our quick trip to Pittsburgh.  We have slowed down on our Buffalo (NY) fish fry report, but so far we have found nothing that beats the sandwich from Wholey's.  Outstanding sandwich!

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Fri, 04/30/10 7:02 PM
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BillyB


It looks like it just takes Fish and bread to make a fish sandwich in PA, how unoriginal do they look ????????????? they would throw those Fish sandwiches back in California, Hawaii, Mexico, Seattle ............Billyb

Why would any sentient being wish to ruin the taste of a fish sandwich by adding anyting other than, perhaps, tartar sauce?

 
Same reason they add things to every Hamburger and sandwich in the world. Maybe in Restaurants call plain Jane, or Humdrum, they would serve plain borning fish on a bun..........Billyb

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Fri, 04/30/10 7:12 PM
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BillyB


It looks like it just takes Fish and bread to make a fish sandwich in PA, how unoriginal do they look ????????????? they would throw those Fish sandwiches back in California, Hawaii, Mexico, Seattle ............Billyb

Why would any sentient being wish to ruin the taste of a fish sandwich by adding anyting other than, perhaps, tartar sauce?

 
Same reason they add things to every Hamburger and sandwich in the world. Maybe in Restaurants call plain Jane, or Humdrum, they would serve plain borning fish on a bun..........Billyb

I guess it's been a long time since you've had a fried haddock sandwich in Connecticut.


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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Fri, 04/30/10 8:54 PM
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BillyB


It looks like it just takes Fish and bread to make a fish sandwich in PA, how unoriginal do they look ????????????? they would throw those Fish sandwiches back in California, Hawaii, Mexico, Seattle ............Billyb

Why would any sentient being wish to ruin the taste of a fish sandwich by adding anyting other than, perhaps, tartar sauce?

 
Same reason they add things to every Hamburger and sandwich in the world. Maybe in Restaurants call plain Jane, or Humdrum, they would serve plain borning fish on a bun..........Billyb

I guess it's been a long time since you've had a fried haddock sandwich in Connecticut.


Ok, That was a low blow, bringing up a piece of flaky Haddock, fried to perfection, and melts in your mouth. I need to make a trip back there. New England is a great place to eat roadfood................Billyb
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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Fri, 04/30/10 9:03 PM
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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 05/1/10 5:18 AM
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 I am quite satisfied by a 'very crisp' hot and freshly fried fish fillet sandwich. I like the fish to be a white fish like Haddock, Flounder, or even Catfish, on a simple piece of white or light rye bread, with a little tartar sauce. I do prefer the southern-style breading which is usually a cornmeal based coating. I fell in love with the Nashville version  identified at "Hot Fish Sandwich" The spicy addition cooled by a LITTLE of the mild tartar sauce really makes a good sandwich Great !
 
Here's an example of the Nashville version. Sorry about the missing bite. I couldn't wait to taste it!
 

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 05/1/10 7:30 AM
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Shirley U. Jest


one of my favorite sandwich's is the Grouper Reuben.
After eating it, 6 yrs ago.. I've never touched corned beef in a reuben again.. just too salty for people watching their bloat content.....

Grouper isn't salty.
it works perfectly.

Islamorada Fish House in Hollywood FL and Islamorada Key Florida makes them perfectly.


Walk into any Jewish deli and say that, they will shoot you on the spot, in fact I may shoot you and I'm not even Jewish................Billyb

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 05/1/10 7:34 AM
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Michael Hoffman





I bet you made it over to Jimmies in Savin Rock, back in the day.........also remember eating large stuffed and baked clam walking home from the boys club in Bpt Ct.....................Billyb

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 05/1/10 11:33 AM
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I practically lived a Jimmie's from the time I ws little. My standard order was a couple of hotdogs, fried clams, a couple of lobster rolls, fries and a pineapple drink. Of course I'd begin with a dozen clams on the half shell. When they moved after West Haven made them shut down Turk's and Phyllis's and Jimmie's, and you couldn't just walk up to the windows and order -- and eat standing on the sidewalk in front --  it was never the same.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 05/1/10 1:00 PM
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I think it was the fried clams and the lobster rolls I remember the most. I always had a doz cherry stone clams on a half shell, every place I went. I remember people used to go fishing to Quincy Mass, and come back with a barrel full of flat fish.......Billyb

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 05/1/10 1:30 PM
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By the way, with that order -- the hotdogs, lobster rolls, fries, fried clams, raw clams and a drink -- I'd always get change back from a five dollar bill.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 05/1/10 1:54 PM
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Sheesch, You rich kids (Billy & Michael) really get my goat !!   I didn't see a five dollar bill that could be used for MY food (other than Prom Nite) 'til I left home for my Army service, AND THEN a Private was paid a gross wage of $78 a month in the military of 1960. Needless to say not much of that $78 went into $5.00 meals !!

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 05/1/10 2:03 PM
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Al, you have to know the right people, just tell them Michael and Billy sent you, then send the bill to Michael....................Billyb

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 05/1/10 2:14 PM
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mayor al


Sheesch, You rich kids (Billy & Michael) really get my goat !!   I didn't see a five dollar bill that could be used for MY food (other than Prom Nite) 'til I left home for my Army service, AND THEN a Private was paid a gross wage of $78 a month in the military of 1960. Needless to say not much of that $78 went into $5.00 meals !!

Al, I was working almost (and sometimes more than) 40 hours a week from the time I was 13. Before that I shined shoes, sold newspapers, and parked cars and sold programs and souveniers (for Yale football games), and shoveled snow during the winter. I had money. By the way, $78 a month would have been a lot of money when I was an Airman (the equivalent then of Army private). My pay, before deductions, was $75 monthly. Of course they conned me into having a bond deducted, and contributions to various things such as the Red Cross were "mandatory." I was lucky to see $50 in actual cash each month.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 05/1/10 3:20 PM
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mayor al


Sheesch, You rich kids (Billy & Michael) really get my goat !!   I didn't see a five dollar bill that could be used for MY food (other than Prom Nite) 'til I left home for my Army service, AND THEN a Private was paid a gross wage of $78 a month in the military of 1960. Needless to say not much of that $78 went into $5.00 meals !!


Not to mention that the minimum wage was $1 per hour in 1960!

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 05/1/10 4:26 PM
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Don,
 It jumped to $1.25 just as I got out of the service in 1963. I took a job cooking for Howard Johnsons on Rt 95 in Mass at that time. One of the good things I can link to that wage was that the AYCE Fish Fry at HoHo's was 99 Cents on Wed. Nights. We used Flounder Filets battered in the store (not comissary issue). That was a real bargain meal, even at that era's cost of living!

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Mon, 03/21/11 3:38 PM
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While living in Pittburgh, Wholey's was definetely my favorite.
My coworkers and I would go to the Oasis in Heidelburg during Lent and get their Fried Fish with Mac n Cheese- Delish!
Great news Pittsburgh fish sandwich fans!  The Oasis is back open, only now it is now known as Little Oasis.  I am hearing raves about their fish and hope to get there real soon. 


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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Wed, 04/6/11 10:34 AM
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I have touted the Union Grill for their excellent Turkey Devonshires, but have never tried their fish sandwich.  Apparently, they do a nice job of that, too.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Mon, 04/11/11 1:02 PM
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Help! All I can think of is "Filet O' Fish!" I know it's got to be better than that. Maybe I need to go to Pittsburgh for enlightenment!

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Mon, 04/11/11 5:13 PM
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Instead of a rectangular piece of "fish" about the size of a deck of cards, cut to fit a squishy flavorless bun, imagine the size and shape of an actual fish filet as if it were being cut by an experienced fishmonger; big enough to extend out the sides of a big, light--but sturdy--bun with good egg yolky color and a slight sweetness that compliments the flavor of the fish itself. Also, instead of a miniscule little sandwich that can be eaten in four bites, the Pittsburgh fish sandwich must be held with two hands.
 
That's the difference between a McDonald's Filet-O-Fish and a Pittsburgh Fish Sandwich.
 
The only gripe I have with the PFS is that not enough places make their own tartar sauce.  But I guess when you live in a "Heinz" town you can expect to get those little packets most places you go.
 
Buddy

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Mon, 04/11/11 5:36 PM
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Instead of a rectangular piece of "fish" about the size of a deck of cards, cut to fit a squishy flavorless bun, imagine the size and shape of an actual fish filet as if it were being cut by an experienced fishmonger; big enough to extend out the sides of a big, light--but sturdy--bun with good egg yolky color and a slight sweetness that compliments the flavor of the fish itself. Also, instead of a miniscule little sandwich that can be eaten in four bites, the Pittsburgh fish sandwich must be held with two hands.

That's the difference between a McDonald's Filet-O-Fish and a Pittsburgh Fish Sandwich.

The only gripe I have with the PFS is that not enough places make their own tartar sauce.  But I guess when you live in a "Heinz" town you can expect to get those little packets most places you go.

Buddy

Thanks for setting me straight, Buddy. That actually really helps. I've always meant to go to Pittsburgh and this is another reason to get over there. I have to find a weekend when the Cubs play the Pirates and just jump in my Mustang and drive there.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Tue, 04/12/11 2:43 AM
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Give yourself a solid 9-10 hours for the drive and make sure you have your I-Pass in the window.  It'll come in handy for the Indiana Toll Road, and the Ohio and Pennsylvania Turnpikes.
 
Lot's of other good eats in Pittsburgh.  Tessaro's for burgers, Wholey's for fish (not just the white fish sandwich), Primanti's for sandwiches stacked with slaw and fries (not my favorite, but worth trying once), Fat Head's Saloon for "Headwiches", and plenty of other stuff.  Do a search and read almost anything by buffetbuster or Ralph Melton regarding Pittsburgh.  There's also a Pittsburgh index over at LTHForum that's worth checking out.
 
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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Tue, 04/12/11 1:14 PM
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To complement Buddy's delightful description, I can add a picture.
This came from a Lenten fish fry at Holy Angels church, but it's fairly representative of a typical fish sandwich in the area. 
Fish Sandwich at Holy Angels by Ralph Melton, on Flickr
 
To underscore what Buddy said about quantity: there are four big pieces of fish in this sandwich. We bought an extra bun, split the sandwich into two, and both left feeling full.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Fri, 05/13/11 8:07 PM
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I always heard about Doridos, and pretty close. So I go there with my vision of a funky picnic like bar, and I was disappointed at the nice clean look !!!

I like the fish at the Blue Flame too.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Fri, 05/13/11 8:07 PM
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I always heard about Doridos, and pretty close. So I go there with my vision of a funky picnic like bar, and I was disappointed at the nice clean look !!!

I like the fish at the Blue Flame too.

Might be going to Roy's by the tracks in Finleyville tonight for some entertainment and probably a take out fish.

They had this large cup of great Cole slaw, but the last time the cup was smaller!. Real thick slaw.

I would say the combination slaw, fries and fish, beat Doridos. And a little bit funky!!!

I have yet to eat fish at the Interchange Lounge, but if it's anything like their pizza, should be good.

I once had fish at Holy Angles and was good. They made a point about changing the oil after so many fish.

Greg
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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Tue, 05/17/11 12:15 PM
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gregys


I always heard about Doridos, and pretty close. So I go there with my vision of a funky picnic like bar, and I was disappointed at the nice clean look !!!

I like the fish at the Blue Flame too.

Might be going to Roy's by the tracks in Finleyville tonight for some entertainment and probably a take out fish.

They had this large cup of great Cole slaw, but the last time the cup was smaller!. Real thick slaw.

I would say the combination slaw, fries and fish, beat Doridos. And a little bit funky!!!

I have yet to eat fish at the Interchange Lounge, but if it's anything like their pizza, should be good.

I once had fish at Holy Angles and was good. They made a point about changing the oil after so many fish.

Greg
Is the Blue Flame the one on Rt 51 in/near West Mifflin?  I've passed that place a bunch of times but never gave it a second thought.
 
We ate at the Interchange last year and it was okay.  Service was slow, but there was a steady stream of customers, and bar sold a lot of the pizza, which did look good.  I had the fish sandwich, but by the time it arrived, we had filled up on comped appetizer  that was  kind of greasy, so I ate the fish but left the bun. Seemed like a very 'locals' kind of place.


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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Thu, 05/26/11 8:10 PM
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eruby


gregys


I always heard about Doridos, and pretty close. So I go there with my vision of a funky picnic like bar, and I was disappointed at the nice clean look !!!

I like the fish at the Blue Flame too.

Might be going to Roy's by the tracks in Finleyville tonight for some entertainment and probably a take out fish.

They had this large cup of great Cole slaw, but the last time the cup was smaller!. Real thick slaw.

I would say the combination slaw, fries and fish, beat Doridos. And a little bit funky!!!

I have yet to eat fish at the Interchange Lounge, but if it's anything like their pizza, should be good.

I once had fish at Holy Angles and was good. They made a point about changing the oil after so many fish.

Greg
Is the Blue Flame the one on Rt 51 in/near West Mifflin?  I've passed that place a bunch of times but never gave it a second thought.

We ate at the Interchange last year and it was okay.  Service was slow, but there was a steady stream of customers, and bar sold a lot of the pizza, which did look good.  I had the fish sandwich, but by the time it arrived, we had filled up on comped appetizer  that was  kind of greasy, so I ate the fish but left the bun. Seemed like a very 'locals' kind of place.

Yes the Blue Flame has been there since the 60's. I love the food. The decor is aged. It has strange hours.
Thickest bacon i ever ate. Breakfest great, dinners home like.
The Eliot's BBQ always advertises fish, but never had any, in the same area. They also have similar to my favorite BBQ sauce, but meat so so.
greg

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sun, 06/5/11 4:16 PM
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I think Dukes in Homestead is pretty good. Hot Metal Diner was rated excellent by the Tribune. They also rated the Interchange. I have not yet been in the HMD.

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Re:Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Wed, 06/8/11 9:57 AM
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When I was a teen it was a huge family treat to drive down to the Enon Valley Inn and have their HUGE, wonderful fish sandwiches.  I checked on the net and found them still in business - quite a feat given the generally depressed economy of the Beaver Valley.  The revies were good except one which is so funny I have to share:
 
"What is that smell?"
"When you leave this place there is a smell of old grease and urinal pucks that clings to your clothes, Among the locals hanging around, the worst is a crusty old man with greasy hair that always wears the same plaid shirt. He is always there. This guy eating is disgusting. Skanks hover around him. If you have the misfortune to be in this area, RUN, don't walk past this dump. The area code is ee-ii-ee-ii-oh. Hope you have a full tank of gas to get away from here".
 
I think it would be worth a trip to find out why the "skanks" are hovering!
 
Further, if this guy ran with the stink of "old grease and urinal pucks" clinging to his clothes, I find it odd that he somehow knows that the old guy "... is always there ...  and always wears the plaid shirt"!  Sounds to me that the old guy has more stalking him than just the "skanks"! 
 
As the site this "review" was posted on has 100% "likes" I assume the reviewer enjoyed his fish sandwich but didn't much like the ambiance.  Perhaps that explains all the "always's"!
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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 08/6/11 9:03 AM
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Fish sandwich is one of my favorite dish. Its very neutricious food. Just last week also in party I ordered fish sandwiches. Its pics are there in my LiveLike.it account. You can check them out and party of superb.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 08/6/11 1:37 PM
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Man, you Texans sure got a unique way of talkin'.
 
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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Fri, 07/13/12 10:06 AM
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This past Tuesday, I met Michael Hoffman and lleechef for dinner at a new place for all of us.  It is called the Back Door Tavern in the small town of Fallston in Beaver County.  This would be about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.
 
Anyway, both Michael and Lisa ordered the fish (I got a good hot sausage sandwich, but nothing special) and they were kind enough to share.  This may be heresy, but I think it was the best fish sandwich I have ever had.  Yes, even better than Wholey's, which I didn't think was possible.  After hearing my description, my brother, his wife and daughter went there last night and my brother agrees it was the best he has ever had.
 
Next week, I will drive back over and get some photos. Can't wait!

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Fri, 07/13/12 10:17 AM
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My fish sandwich at the Backdoor Tavern was not only great, it was the biggest I've ever seen. leechef and I had been told that the sandwiches there are huge, but I wasn't prepared for anything that size. I can't wait to go back. Oh, and they have two pages of beer offerings, including Smithwicks, although on this visit I just had a Sam Adams Boston Ale.
 
My only complaint is that they won't cook a burger less done than medium well.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Fri, 07/13/12 10:27 AM
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Instead of a rectangular piece of "fish" about the size of a deck of cards, cut to fit a squishy flavorless bun, imagine the size and shape of an actual fish filet as if it were being cut by an experienced fishmonger; big enough to extend out the sides of a big, light--but sturdy--bun with good egg yolky color and a slight sweetness that compliments the flavor of the fish itself. Also, instead of a miniscule little sandwich that can be eaten in four bites, the Pittsburgh fish sandwich must be held with two hands.

That's the difference between a McDonald's Filet-O-Fish and a Pittsburgh Fish Sandwich.

The only gripe I have with the PFS is that not enough places make their own tartar sauce.  But I guess when you live in a "Heinz" town you can expect to get those little packets most places you go.

Buddy

Thanks for setting me straight, Buddy. That actually really helps. I've always meant to go to Pittsburgh and this is another reason to get over there. I have to find a weekend when the Cubs play the Pirates and just jump in my Mustang and drive there.

Make the trip. lleechef and I went to PNC Park last Sunday to watch her Pirates destroy my Giants, and I have to agree with those who rate PNC Park as one of the five best ballparks in the nation. It's a fantastic place. It reminds me of all the old ballparks I used to love.


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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Fri, 07/13/12 4:12 PM
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Michael & BB,
What was it about this Fish Sandwich that made it special besides the size of it? That's high praise coming from youze 2 conno-sewers!

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Fri, 07/13/12 4:44 PM
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The batter is thinner than Wholey's, and the cod was just better (more fresh?) and thicker than the cod at Wholey's.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Fri, 07/13/12 5:50 PM
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The fish sandwich was to die for.  I'm not a big bread eater so at Wholey's I usually push the bread aside and just eat the fish and finish it.  At The Back Door I did the same thing but could only plow through 1/2 of the portion of fish.  It was indeed delicious, fresh, hot, with a very light batter.  The Back Door's fish sandwich has to be one of the best in the Pittsburgh area.  

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 11/16/13 4:18 PM
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The previously mentioned fish sandwich

from Back Door Tavern in Fallston, Beaver County.  This is clearly the biggest and best fish sandwich I have ever had in the Pittsburgh area.  Just to be clear, this is the large, but even the small fish sandwich is more than I could handle.

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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 11/16/13 4:28 PM
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Groan.  You're killin me.  I have never seen the large!  I can barely finish the small.  Truly a beautiful, delicious fish sandwich!! 
I love the ratio of fish to bun.
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RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches - Sat, 11/16/13 4:48 PM
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C'mon BB That's just not fair. I'm here in Filet O Fish land and you post that? Boy, some pal you turned out to be.

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