Pittsburgh fish sandwiches

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buffetbuster
Porterhouse
2007/01/15 11:27:50
One of the things I think restaurants in Pittsburgh do particularly well is fish sandwiches. Which is good, because we eat a ton of them. I once had someone tell me that one of the main reasons they are so popular here is because Pittsburgh has a large Catholic population. But I know plenty of non-Catholics who eat a fish sandwich every Friday, too.

So who makes the best ones? Two of the best known ones, Wholey's and Benkovitz are located in The Strip District and are reviewed on this site. Anybody else have some good suggestions?
bighank66
Junior Burger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/01/17 10:49:37
mmmm
Making me miss home
Almost any church and VFD in The Burgh sells good Fish Sandwiches..
My faves:
Holy Angels Church in Hays
Original Oyster House in Market Square
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/01/17 12:02:53
bighank66-
I have had the fish sandwich from the Original Oyster House several times and it is a really good one. And what great atmosphere, too. Please tell me more about the Holy Angels Church fish sandwich. Do they only make it on Friday during Lent?

I notice you are in Raleigh. This isn't really Bill Cowher is it?
NYNM
Filet Mignon
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/01/17 21:55:42
Tell me more about these sandwiches, since I have never had them. Are they all fried fish? Is the a kind of fish? Dressing (tartar sauce/ketchup/chili sauce?) Bread type? Sides?
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/01/17 23:03:07
quote:
Originally posted by NYNM

Tell me more about these sandwiches, since I have never had them. Are they all fried fish? Is the a kind of fish? Dressing (tartar sauce/ketchup/chili sauce?) Bread type? Sides?

I was curious, too. http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/stories/1998/02/23/story5.html
bighank66
Junior Burger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/01/18 07:51:43
Sorry--not Bill Cowher---but I wish I had that house of his down here!

Holy Angels is just a good fish sandwich--I love the deep fried goodness, very crisp, not flimsy. Sadly only during Lent, like most churches and fire halls. Makes it more special though.
Good Stuff
And yes the Oyster House atmosphere is tops---esp. during St Pattys Day!

NYNM: The Fish is usually just a whitefish, breaded--some places use a batter style, some use a breadcrumb style--then fried, put on a bun of some sort. I have seen a few firehalls that bake them, but I prefer the fried (go with the fried, trust me)
Almost always it wayyyy too big for the bun (if you have a good one) In fact, you almost need 2 buns for all the fish.
Most places come plain, but you can put whatever you like on it---Me, I'm a hot sauce person.
yummy!!
EVERY Friday during Lent you can find a good fish sandwich anywhere in the burgh
The oyster house serves `em all year

wanderingjew
Sirloin
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/01/18 08:19:31
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!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/01/19 15:18:09
wanderingjew-
Bad news! My girlfriend informs me that The Oasis is no longer there.

Michael Hoffman-
Thanks for the the link to that great article. I really enjoyed reading that.

I hope between the article and bighank66's excellent response, NYNM received the answers he was looking for. One thing I want to reiterate that bighank said.....a good Pittsburgh fish sandwich will always have way too much fish for the bun. Since I am not much of a bread eater myself, I sometimes order a "fish on a dish", which is just the fish part with no bun.

Anyone else have a recommendation?
Mosca
Filet Mignon
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/01/19 19:41:18
Dorido's in South Park was always the place to go when I lived there. Last I heard it was still there and still serving great fish sandwiches. If you Google it as "Dorido's" you'll get a lot of good hits with good reviews, address, hours, ph #, etc.


Tom
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/01/21 14:52:12
Mosca-
Thank you for the suggestion about Dorido's. I have never heard of the place before (I live in the north suburbs), but found this review in the Pittsburgh newspaper:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06075/670852-242.stm

I am planning on eating there this week and trying one of their fish sandwiches.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/01/21 15:52:00
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

wanderingjew-
Bad news! My girlfriend informs me that The Oasis is no longer there.


buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/01/25 13:14:07
Mosca-
Really good recommendation on Dorido's. I went on Tuesday night and they have a terrific fish sandwich. I had the large (16 oz.) fish sandwich and they give you two pieces that were almost a foot long! My buddy thought that it was every bit as good as Wholey's. While I liked it very much, I thought it was just a notch below. But, it was plenty good enough for me to go back. I also really liked their pepperoni cheeseballs, too. Thanks again!
Kenny Joe
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/01/29 23:01:41
My vote goes to the Oyster House, both for the sandwich itself and the atmosphere. Wholey's (in the Strip)isn't far behind, though, especially as they now have a decent place to go if you wanna eat in.
Mosca
Filet Mignon
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/01/30 16:45:14
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

Mosca-
Really good recommendation on Dorido's. I went on Tuesday night and they have a terrific fish sandwich. I had the large (16 oz.) fish sandwich and they give you two pieces that were almost a foot long! My buddy thought that it was every bit as good as Wholey's. While I liked it very much, I thought it was just a notch below. But, it was plenty good enough for me to go back. I also really liked their pepperoni cheeseballs, too. Thanks again!


You are quite welcome, and thank you for taking my recommendation! I'm glad to know that they are as good as they've always been.


Tom
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/02/09 08:17:24
I am a big fan of The Original Oyster House, but the fish sandwich I had on Tuesday night was overdone. That is the first time that has happened. The fries and the chowder were just as good as ever.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/03/09 15:00:12
This recent article in one the local newspapers talks about the popularity of the fish sandwich in Pittsburgh, especially during lent.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_494572.html

Tonight, my girlfriend and I are going to a Catholic church we heard has really great fish sandwiches. I'm not Catholic myself, but I will never turn down a good fish sandwich!
iqdiva
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/03/09 15:35:31
I love catfish,shrimp,and oyster po-boy sandwiches...I bet that I would love the Pittsburgh fish sandwich too!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/03/22 08:56:37
I was driving through the Bloomfield section of Pittsburgh last night and I saw a sign for a bar that said "Armand's Famous Fish Sandwich". I have also been given a tip on how good the fish sandwiches are at Nied's Hotel in the Lawrenceville section of town.

Is anyone familiar with these places? Both of them are new to me.
blue heaven
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/03/22 12:41:08
South Point Country Club in Upper St Clair has a great fried fish sandwich It is white atlantic cod. I love the Oyster House too.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/03/23 15:16:25
blue heaven-
Is the South Point Country Club in USC open to the general public for dining or is it members only? I would really like to go try one of their fish sandwiches.
KOK
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/03 12:15:58
I greatly prefer Wholey's on Penn Ave in the Strip District over Benkovitz a block or two over from Penn. Benkovitz isn't bad, but Wholey's always seems fresher and bigger to me, and I guess I'm too lazy to walk 'all' the way over to Benkovitz.

Other places I think have great fish sandwiches are Armstrong's in Castle Shannon, Luciano's in White Oak, and The Carousel, near Kennywood, though I've not been to Carousel for a few years. Perhaps my all time favorite is the one from Big Jim's "down in the run". NEVER had a bad meal at Big Jim's.

Thanks,

Kevin

buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/04 10:11:46
KOK-
Thanks for all the suggestions. I just had take-out from the Armstrong's in Bridgeville last night and ate some of the best chicken parm I have ever had. I had no idea they had good fish sandwiches. But, I shouldn't be surprised, since everything I have ever had from there is good.

I'm not familiar with Luciano's and The Carousel and although I've heard of Big Jim's, I have never been there. I will be changing that soon!

Are you originally from Pittsburgh?
KOK
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/04 11:48:15
My sister moved there about 12 years ago, I've never lived there.

I didn't know there was an Armstrong's in Bridgeville, but the one in Castle Shannon is always top notch. More family friendly than Big Jim's, which is more of a bar with a smaller dining room.

Luciano's is sort of famous for their pizza, but overall everything is good (esp the stuffed banana peppers that I've never seen in Maryland). Good pizza though I prefer Vincent's (totally different styles) and I've never been a big fan of Mineo's.

Thanks,

Kevin
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/04 15:26:16
KOK-
For a non-yinzer, you seem to know the city well. And I very much appreciate the suggestions. Once I try them, I'll let you know what I thought of the fish sandwiches.

As far as I know, there are three Armstong's. I think the one in Castle Shannon is the original, there is one in Moon Township near the airport and the Bridgeville location is take-out only. I am keeping my fingers crossed they put one near me in the northern suburbs.
blue heaven
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/04 16:13:51
Hi Buffetbuster....sorry I just saw your post. I beleive you can go have lunch at SouthPointe in USC. I went with my sister for my niece's ist communion last May. My nephew Liam adores fish sandwiches and this one was awesome. Let me know what you think. Did I mention that I am originally from Washington Pa?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/16 14:31:23
A few weeks ago I went to Butya's, a bar on Steubenville Pike (Rte.60) that has long regarded to have one of the best fish sandwiches in the Pittsburgh area. I used to go regularly when I attended college nearby, but only once since then. When I pulled up, they had "Voted Best Fish Sandwich in Pittsburgh" on their outside sign.

The good news is the fish was still excellent! There were two long pieces, way too big for the bun and they were done perfectly. They deserve to be on the short list of best local fish. The bad news is that the fries were just okay and the side order of pierogies my girlfriend ordered were straight out of the freezer. In a city like Pittsburgh, that just shouldn't happen.

So still go to Butya's for the fish, but nothing else. By the way, Butya's is no more than a two minute drive off of I-79.

buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/17 07:43:20
By the way, the review for Benkovitz has understandably been archived since they are now under new ownership. As far as I know, I haven't been there since the new regime took over. If anyone does make it there, please report back and let us know what you think!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/20 18:47:48
KOK-
I went to Big Jim's for the first time today. With its location underneath the bridge, it reminded me of Stone's in Marshalltown, Iowa.

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Photo.aspx?RefID=128&PhotoID=9286

The place was quite busy, but they only had one waitress working. She really hustled though and kept everything moving. When my fish came, I admit to not being very impressed. It just didn't look very good. Even though the one piece of fish was bigger than the bun, it still wasn't as big as others in the city. And the bun was really hard in spots. But the fish (cod) itself was exceptional. The waitress made the unusual remark to me that they had just breaded it that morning. Despite the problems, this is one of the very best fish sandwiches in Pittsburgh. The creamy cole slaw that came with it was quite good also.

I also got an order of the chicken parm to go and will be having that for dinner later on tonight.
tkitna
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/21 00:59:09
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

A few weeks ago I went to Butya's, a bar on Steubenville Pike (Rte.60) that has long regarded to have one of the best fish sandwiches in the Pittsburgh area. I used to go regularly when I attended college nearby, but only once since then. When I pulled up, they had "Voted Best Fish Sandwich in Pittsburgh" on their outside sign.

The good news is the fish was still excellent! There were two long pieces, way too big for the bun and they were done perfectly. They deserve to be on the short list of best local fish. The bad news is that the fries were just okay and the side order of pierogies my girlfriend ordered were straight out of the freezer. In a city like Pittsburgh, that just shouldn't happen.

So still go to Butya's for the fish, but nothing else. By the way, Butya's is no more than a two minute drive off of I-79.




I was going to mention Butyas since I work on Campbells Run Road and have eaten a bunch of their fish sandwiches. They truly are humongous. I always buy an extra bun or two and theres still fish left over.
KOK
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/21 09:50:11
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster
KOK-
I went to Big Jim's for the first time today. With its location underneath the bridge, it reminded me of Stone's in Marshalltown, Iowa.

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Photo.aspx?RefID=128&PhotoID=9286

The place was quite busy, but they only had one waitress working. She really hustled though and kept everything moving. When my fish came, I admit to not being very impressed. It just didn't look very good. Even though the one piece of fish was bigger than the bun, it still wasn't as big as others in the city. And the bun was really hard in spots. But the fish (cod) itself was exceptional. The waitress made the unusual remark to me that they had just breaded it that morning. Despite the problems, this is one of the very best fish sandwiches in Pittsburgh. The creamy cloe slaw that came with it was quite good also.

I also got an order of the chicken parm to go and will be having that for dinner later on tonight.
Sorry to read the bun wasn't good. Was it just a generic roll or was it the Mancini products they always used to have? The great rolls were just another thing I always liked about Big Jim's.

I forgot about the coleslaw. It usually arrives well before any other food and is gone very quickly.

I'm glad the fish turned out to be good, I recall they used to give two pieces but maybe they used to have a large and small sandwich. I hope to be back mid June (I'll post about 5/19 at the Pickle Barrel soon) and will try to get back to Big Jim's.

Thanks,

Kevin

buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/21 10:36:15
KOK-
Thanks for refreshing my memory. They did offer a large fish sandwich on the menu, but I didn't get it since I was going to Jim's Drive-in afterwards. So I will have to take back my criticism of it being small.

The bun was most definitely not Mancini's. But the fact of the bun not being particularly good really isn't a big deal to me. I am there for the fish.

By the way, I also forgot to try the wedding soup. I plan on going there again soon and will remember next time.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/21 14:39:22
I should mention that I also ate at Nied's Hotel in Lawrenceville last week and had a fish sandwich. I was not impressed. The fish itself was small and had little flavor and the waitress was kind of cranky. The best thing I can say about the place is that they had a couple of really cool neons signs on the outside that probably look great at night. My buddy I was with gave the place a C+. Sounds about right to me.
KOK
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/22 09:30:46
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster
KOK-
Thanks for refreshing my memory. They did offer a large fish sandwich on the menu, but I didn't get it since I was going to Jim's Drive-in afterwards. So I will have to take back my criticism of it being small.

The bun was most definitely not Mancini's. But the fact of the bun not being particularly good really isn't a big deal to me. I am there for the fish.

By the way, I also forgot to try the wedding soup. I plan on going there again soon and will remember next time.
Wasn't sure about the small/large fish, glad it WAS a small and that Big Jim's isn't going downhill. The wedding soup is usually very good at Big Jim's as is the stuffed banana pepper app.

I tried to go to both Jim's Drive-In and Pickle Barrel last Saturday but the people I was with were colorless and wouldn't do both (we could at least have gotten a bottle of the sauce). I posted about Pickle Barrrel on the hot dog thread.

Thanks,

Kevin
TU Pablo
Junior Burger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/22 11:49:54
I grew up in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh in the 1950s and 60s. There used to be a great place for fish sandwiches in Mars, PA. I believe the name of it was Willies. Father told me that he thought it was no longer in business.

Also, when I was in college at Pitt the O had a pretty good fish sandwich. I remember many late night runs to the O with my fraternity brothers. Often we had fish sandwiches instead of hot dogs.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/22 14:18:10
TU Pablo-
You are right that the place was/is called Willies. I grew up in Mars and people came from all over the area to eat their fish sandwiches. They are still open, but for me, they haven't been the same ever since Willie (a close friend of my dads) got out of the business at least 20 years ago. I can tell you that they are still packed on Fridays, but I haven't had food from there in quite a few years.

I have never tried the fish from the "O". I am usually too stuffed from the dogs and especially the humungous orders of fries. I will try it the next time I am there.

TU Pablo
Junior Burger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/23 10:54:11
Another good Pittsburgh area fish sandwich can be found at the North Park Lounge on Babcock Blvd. in the North Hills (McCandless). This place should not be confused with the North Park Clubhouse. I never heard about the North Park Clubhouse on Route 8 until last night on Chowhounds.com.

Whenever my wife and I visit my 91 year old father we all go to the North Park Lounge for several meals. We all liked the fish sandwiches. We really couldn't believe the size of the meal. North Park Lounge also has a Sunday Brunch that is pretty good. Of course, when I'm hungry I'm easy to please.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/25 11:02:52
TU Pablo-
There are actually two North Park Lounge Clubhouses (Gibsonia & Robinson Twp.) along with a North Park Lounge Deckhouse in Cranberry. Don't worry, you aren't missing much. None of them are as good as the original.

I have eaten at NPL on Babcock on several occasions, but have never had the fish. It is reasonably close to work, so I will run over and get one for lunch next week. Thanks for the tip!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2007/05/30 13:57:43
TU Pablo-
I did go to North Park Lounge for lunch today and got the Giant Fish Sandwich. And it is huge! My best guess is that it was 14" long and about 3" wide. It was a little overdone for my taste, but was still quite good. I also really liked their crispy, golden fries that came with it. I have also always gotten really good service at NPL. I should go there for lunch more often.

Thanks for the recommendation!
GeoNit
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/03/15 12:04:05
In Ambridge, Beaver County, the Orbit Inn serves a hefty( 14+ ouces), tasty fish sandwich on Fridays only.

Even with large hands, its impossible to keep the three or four fillets in the bun.

Here's the Orbit's location:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1327+Merchant+St,+Ambridge,+PA+15003,+USA&sa=X&oi=map&ct=title

The Orbit is located just three blocks North of Beaver County's best pizza take-out:

http://www.pizzamaniac.com/index.php/archives/2005/08/06/pittsburgh-square-pizza-tour-pizza-house-aka-police-station/

buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/10/27 14:14:32
On Saturday, I finally made it to Armand's in Bloomfield. I have been wanting to try this place for a while, being attracted by their sign.


There are a couple of reasons I haven't eaten here before. First of all, there are so many good places in Bloomfield (Pittsburgh's Little Italy) to eat. I almost always eat at Tessaro's. This day, I tried to eat at a favorite place of wanderingjew's, Bloomfield Bridge Tavern, for their Polish food. But, they were closed since they had a fire last week. One of the men working on the place told me a beer light caught on fire. They should be back open by the weekend.

The other reason I haven't eaten at Armand's is that it does look rather foreboding. The front room looks like a serious bar and being a teetotaler, that isn't a comfortable environment for me. But, there is a sign on the front door that says they have a seperate entrance to the dining room around the corner. So, I found the back door and ordered a fish sandwich at the window looking into the kitchen. Here is what I ended up with:


I was very happy with this sandwich. My usual complaint with some fish sandwiches in Pittsburgh are they can be overdone, but the breading on this was just right. The bun was nice and fresh. The closest to a complaint I have was that the piece of fish is a little smaller than some others, but it still was too big for the bun. The lady who waited on me had a thick Italian accent and was very pleasant. I will be back!
firecommander3565
Double Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/10/27 15:00:23
I'd love to be able to get a fish sandwich like that in Chicago!
Baah Ben
Filet Mignon
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/10/27 15:06:03
This city loves fish on Fridays. When I was living there the two biggest places were Benkowitz and Wholey's.
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/10/27 15:08:31
Now that is a GREAT looking sandwich...perhaps a little Malt vinegar on that????!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/10/27 15:13:50
leethebard-
I definitely like malt vinegar on my fish. At Armand's, they brought me ketchup, tartar and hot sauce. I was content with those.

Baah Ben-
Wholey's and Benkovitz are still packing them in. For me, Wholey's version is fish sandwich perfection!
leethebard
Sirloin
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/10/27 15:19:08
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

leethebard-
I definitely like malt vinegar on my fish. At Armand's, they brought me ketchup, tartar and hot sauce. I was content with those.

Baah Ben-
Wholey's and Benkovitz are still packing them in. For me, Wholey's version is fish sandwich perfection!


Sure looks and sounds great!!!
Big Ugly Mich
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/10/27 15:53:04
Are these the sammies with the coleslaw and french fries incorporated? I've never been to Pittsburgh, but love these from Chicago, even if they're not fish! http://www.centerstagechicago.com/restaurants/lucky-sandwich.html

Sadly, http://www.luckysandwich.com/ is under construction, as that's my source that this is a Pittsburgh thing in the first place!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/10/27 15:56:58
BigUglyMich-
No, that would be Primanti Brothers.

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=398&RefID=398

But, you can get a fish sandwich with the slaw and fries on it at Primanti's. I've never tried it myself.

BTW, Lucky's sounds pretty good!
badseed555
Junior Burger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/10/27 19:08:09
Ah yes Willies, by the Austen Bleach water tower. My vote for the best fish sandwich in Western PA. Used to go all the time when I was little. I do try to have at least one meal there when I get back.

I worked one short, but miserable job at Wholey's so I would never shop there. Benkovitz used to much better than Wholey's anyways. Dorido's was pretty good too but I lived in the East End so it was kind of a hike.
Robearjr
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/10/28 20:13:00
I've had the sandwich at Wholleys, and it is quite good.

Do all Pittsburgh fish sandwiches use the same kind of fish, or do different places use different types of fish? I'm not sure what kind of fish they use at Wholley's, I know it is some kind of white fish.
Kenny Joe
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/10/28 20:46:08
At Wholey's you get a choice - cod or whiting.
mamaduck43
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/11/01 18:10:01
Wholey's was where my dad (an Allegheny County cop) got fish - - and he knew all the good places for food - - I came by my obsession honestly..... But, before W.T. Grant closed on 5th Ave., that was a great place in town to grab a great Friday fish sandwich... Easily double the bun size and cost the same as a hot dog - - and at that time, that was a real bargain... I used to walk from the telephone company near the point to Grants on Fridays all the time....

North Park Lodge on Babcock housed my nearest neighbors when I was growing up in North Park.... Our mail box (RD1, Allison Park, PA) was at the corner of Babcock and West Ridge Drive and I could see the restaurant when I was picking up my mail.... West Ridge Drive led to one of the Nike sites near the park - - where the County Police Academy is located now... It was more of a bar when I lived there, and I remember going in for a soda or something a couple of times with my folks - - that was when all I ate in restaurants were grilled cheese sandwiches, so I don't remember much about any food there....
I used to catch my school bus at the Tastee Freeze just outside the park on Wildwood Road - - there was a little soda fountain there (and a Penzoil gas station) and they used to keep me supplied with frozen Heath bars and frozen Mallo cups.... It was a long walk home.... (Uphill both ways, if you listen to what my kids have heard....)
jimcfs1
Hamburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/11/01 20:31:10
quote:
Originally posted by buffetbuster

BigUglyMich-
No, that would be Primanti Brothers.

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=398&RefID=398

But, you can get a fish sandwich with the slaw and fries on it at Primanti's. I've never tried it myself.

BTW, Lucky's sounds pretty good!


My usual at Primanti's is the Colossal Fish with Cheese. It gives me the closest thing to a Buffalo Fish Fry fix without going all the way to Buffalo. I think you have to go to the suburban locations to get it (Robinson Twp is my usual locale)... the original might not do the Colossal Fish.
Kenny Joe
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/11/01 22:34:57
You can get the colossal fish at the original location.
mamaduck43
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/11/08 23:39:17
My DD2 is in the hospital in Denver this week - - on Monday, I was decked out in my Steelers shirt, waiting for the game to start.... DD's nurse walks into the room and remarked that she was in the 'Burgh two weeks ago, and the high point of her trip was a fish sandwich at Willies!!!! Her family lives in Wexford!!!! She went to Richland HS, I went to Hampton HS.... A bit of rivalry, there, but we are both Steeler fans.... I find myself humming, "It's a Small World" a lot.....
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/11/09 06:00:27
mamaduck43-
Nice story! It really is a small world. Pardon my ignorance, but what is DD or DD2? Willies is literally just down the street from where I work, yet I haven't been there in years. I must give them another try.
mamaduck43
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/11/09 07:09:13
Sorry, BB - - - DD is 'dear daughter' DD2 is my #2 girl child... I didn't realize that the abbreviations are not used here - - I have been using them for so long on other boards that they come automatically to me now.....
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/11/09 07:14:04
mamaduck43-
Chances are most people knew what you meant. I'm just not up on my forums abbreviations.

I hope DD2 is recovering nicely!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/11/11 08:00:51
My cousin Mark and I were in downtown last night, so we grabbed a quick dinner at the Original Oyster House. The place was surprisingly empty, but then it was a Monday night. Of course, I got a fish sandwich.

I complained before about getting one that was overdone, but the fish I was served last night was excellent! It was also the first time I had tried their onion rings and I liked those, too.
Kenny Joe
Cheeseburger
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/11/11 20:11:17
That picture has me salivating and I just ate! I am hooked one those sandwiches. Gotta have one at least once a week. BB, are you gonna be the Roadfooder that steps up and samples the new Oyster House offering - the deep fried hot dog?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
RE: Pittsburgh fish sandwiches 2008/11/12 08:36:55
Kenny Joe-
I did notice the sign for the deep fried hot dog behind the bar. Sorry, I think I will stick with the fish and clam chowder!
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