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Michael Hoffman
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The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 11:25 AM
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OK, so for years I've been putting down the whole Primanti Brothers thing. I mean, c'mon. French fries and coleslaw on a sandwich? Are they nuts?
 
My feelings about Primanti's, never having been there, were cemented by an experience I had at a short-lived sandwich shop that opened here in Gahanna, Ohio several years back. I went in when it first opened and, looking at the menu board I saw pastrami sandwich listed. How could I resist? But then I watched as the guy behind the counter began making my sandwich. First off I saw him using some sort of white bread, and I was aghast. Pastrami on white? But then I watched as he started putting fries atop the pastrami. Was this guy out of his mind?. But then he went even further. He added slaw, and then some tomato. Well, I'd ordered the thing, but that didn't mean I'd have to eat it. I had him wrap the sandwich up to go, paid whatever it cost (it was a long time ago and I can't recall the price), and left with my "pastrami" sandwich. The first trash can I saw became the recipient of my whatever-it-was.
 
But on Thursday of this week lleechef got me into Primanti's on The Strip  in Pittsburgh to have lunch with my grandson. I admit that I wanted to go, but just to prove I was right and "they" were wrong Still, lleechef made me promise not complain about the sandwich all the way back to Gahanna.
 
Folks, Primanti's won. lleechef and I split a pastrami sandwich and It was absolutely marvelous. (My grandson had a double egg and cheese.) I can't wait to go back again, and next time I'll have a whole sandwich, and it'll be the double egg and pastrami. Heck, even the fries were delicious.
 
And after all these years of thinking Pittsburgers were nuts I apologize, and say from the bottom of my heart, they were right and I was an idiot.
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 11:38 AM
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Michael, I am so glad to see you have come around to our side!  Us Pittsburghers are indeed nuts, just not because of the Primanti's sandwiches. 
 
About two weeks ago, M and I were staying in town for the weekend and she had a Primanti's craving.  So, we headed down to Pittsburgh on a quiet Sunday afternoon.  She got here roast beef and was quite happy.  My go to sandwich is the capicola, which I order 98% of the time I am there.  But on this day, I was in the mood to try something different.  Instead, I got the hot sausage. 

As much as I love hot sausage (Pittsburgh is a great hot sausage town), it was bland and lifeless.  As a matter of fact, the only other sandwich besides the capicola that I have tried and liked is WJ's favorite, the kielbasa.  I will give the pastrami a try very soon. 
 
Before I left that day, I asked for a capicola and cheese to go and then had a "Ahhh, that's better moment" when I got home.
 
Michael, since you were open minded enough to try the Primanti's sandwich, may this could be your avenue to get lleechef to try a bologna sandwich at G & R Tavern(sorry Lisa!)
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 11:46 AM
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If it works I'm nominating you for a Nobel.

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 12:21 PM
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OK you two.  I will go to G & R Tavern and take a bite of Michael's bologna sandwich to see if I like it or not.
I was thrilled that Michael liked Primanti's!  Now we can go back!!  I always get the pastrami but next time I will try the capicola and cheese in honor of BB.

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 12:24 PM
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One Nobel Peace Prize nomination coming up!

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 12:48 PM
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Good news all around!  By the way, what does Michael's grandson think of Primanti's and Pittsburgh in general?

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 1:07 PM
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Lleechef and The Curmodgeon
 
It would be highly adviseable to perhaps order a kolbassi and cheese with the Cap and Cheese and split both
 
 

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 1:12 PM
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I was shocked to see there are 11 different reviews for Primanti's.  Could this be the most of any restaurant officially reviewed here on Roadfood?

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 1:47 PM
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I loved prim anti's on my visit to pittsburgh bt both trudy and Sam opted for sandwiches without fries.

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 2:04 PM
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When I had lunch at the Cranberry Twp Primanti's yesterday, a couple of things struck me as odd.  First, the young lady asked if I had ever been to a Primanti's before.  I just kind of laughed, but maybe they feel the need to warm newbies ahead of time just what kind of sandwich they specialize in.  The second question was if I wanted everything on it.  I can promise you that you will NEVER get asked that question at the original Strip District location.    
 
BTW, I do take the tomato off the sandwich.  Not because of personal preference, but because of the acid reflux issue. 

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 2:10 PM
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BB, my grandson had never been to the Primanti's in The Strip before, but he's been eating at one somewhere else -- I think near where he lives in Squirrel Hill -- since he got to Pittsburgh. Oh, and he loves Pittsburgh, but he still marvels at the size of a small order of fries at the Dirty O.
 

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 2:12 PM
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wanderingjew


Lleechef and The Curmodgeon
 
It would be highly adviseable to perhaps order a kolbassi and cheese with the Cap and Cheese and split both



As there will certainly be many more visits to Primanti's I'll wait till after I get my double egg and pastrami to try the kielbasa and cheese. And, as I love kielbasa I'm looking forward to it.


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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 2:18 PM
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In the past some months, lleechef has time and again demonstrated the power that an irrestible force can indeed exert against an immovable object.
 
Can we get her into Congress?

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 2:25 PM
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Michael Hoffman

Oh, and he loves Pittsburgh, but he still marvels at the size of a small order of fries at the Dirty O.
So glad that he likes it here.  And King Kong would marvel at the size of fries at the "O"!


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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 4:04 PM
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Glad to see you can admit to your mistake.
 
But dear god, why did you throw that other sandwich out. You wasted your money. Had you tried it one of 3 things would've happened. 1) you may have "Gotten" it. That's great. 2) You may have decided that it was fine but not for you. 3) You may have hated it. In any case, you money was either well spend on an enjoyable sandwich or spent finding out something that just doesn't work for you.
 
It's never a bad thing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while.

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 4:12 PM
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I tossed it because I was offended by it. The very idea of a pastrami sandwich not on rye with good mustard ... HORRORS

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 4:36 PM
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Much as I respect buffetbuster's opinion, the capicola sandwich hasn't pleased me on any of the times I've had it. But a few months ago, I tried the Genoa salami sandwich and found it marvelous.

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 5:04 PM
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I won't eat any sandwich which requires me to disjoint my jaw in order to take a bite out of it. 
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 5:09 PM
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wanderingjew


Lleechef and The Curmodgeon
 
It would be highly adviseable to perhaps order a kolbassi and cheese with the Cap and Cheese and split both




Next time I will get the cap and cheese to eat there and a kolbassi and cheese to take home.  And there's no more splitting!!!

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 5:15 PM
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buffetbuster

BTW, I do take the tomato off the sandwich.  Not because of personal preference, but because of the acid reflux issue. 

 
Omeprazole is your friend.

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 5:26 PM
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Twinwillow


I won't eat any sandwich which requires me to disjoint my jaw in order to take a bite out of it. 

Oh, heck, neither will I. This sandwich doesn't require that. Honestly.

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 7:49 PM
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Did you have the fries on any of your sandwiches? Thats what freaks me out-dont like fries much.........

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 8:06 PM
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Michael Hoffman


OK, so for years I've been putting down the whole Primanti Brothers thing ...
 
My feelings about Primanti's, never having been there ... 
 
And after all these years of thinking Pittsburgers were nuts I apologize, and say from the bottom of my heart, they were right and I was an idiot.
 


Wow!  I'm going to read this whole thread in the morning, but () I can't resist asking if we are soon going to see Mr. Hoffman start another thread that would begin something like this:
 
"OK, so for years I've been putting down the whole Primanti Brothers  Five Guys thing ...
My feelings about Primanti's Five Guys, never having been there ...
 And after all these years of thinking Pittsburgers Five Guys Fans were nuts I apologize, and say from the bottom of my heart, they were right and I was an idiot".
 
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We only kid the ones we love. 
Thank you, Michael, for all your contributions to this site! 

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 8:11 PM
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ann peeples


Did you have the fries on any of your sandwiches? Thats what freaks me out-dont like fries much.........


The fries come on all their sandwiches. By the way, I'm not a fan of fries, and even when I do eat some I want vinegar on them. But these were really good fries, and they were just right on the sandwich I ate..

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 8:17 PM
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There will never be a day when I'd have anything nice to say about Five Guys, or any other place where they squeeze the good stuff out of their meat. As to your partial quote from my original post on this thread, you left out what was important: "...were cemented by an experience I had at a short-lived sandwich shop that opened here in Gahanna, Ohio several years back." The important part of that is the fact that this place made Primanti's style sandwiches -- the bread, the meat, the potatoes, the slaw and the tomatoes. That's why I said what I did about not wanting to go to Primanti's.

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 9:05 PM
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Ralph, I will have to try that Genoa salami.  That sounds rather good!

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Fri, 10/26/12 10:34 PM
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When I lived in Bloomfield, I'd go to Primanti's maybe 4 days a week. I go to the Primanti's in Cranberry now since it's the closest one to me, and the suburban ones have some really good wings. I do hate how they ask if you've ever been there before. The city joints have a much better atmosphere though. Everyone has to go to the one in the Strip sometime but my favorite is the one down Southside. It's 1/2 restaurant, 1/2 blues bar (even sell cigars there). They put on the most meat I've noticed as well.

All of them are better with egg and a healthy amount of Red Devil, but my favorites by far are the pastrami or corned beef. Capicola, salami and kielbasa are good as well, and I agree with the hot sausage. The only brand I really like so far is Uncle Charley's extra hot. BB, I think you might become a pastrami convert!

To anyone who hasn't visited yet....Absolutely stay away from the cheesesteak (just a hamburger patty), and the Cajun chicken one.

In Beaver county, there are 2 bars that copy Primanti's that are very good too. Bowser's near the mall in Monaca which loads up on the meat, and the Back Door Tavern in Fallston. They make it into a hoagie, but their half is almost twice the size of Primanti's. Neither have as big of a meat selection though.

Sorry if I rambled too much, had a long day :(

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Sat, 10/27/12 10:11 AM
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Everything at the Back Door Tavern is gargantuan.  Their fish sandwich is easily 3 times larger than Wholey's.
I noticed the Red Devil on the table but didn't use it.  I will next time.
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Sat, 10/27/12 10:13 AM
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Michael Hoffman


There will never be a day when I'd have anything nice to say about Five Guys, or any other place where they squeeze the good stuff out of their meat. As to your partial quote from my original post on this thread, you left out what was important: "...were cemented by an experience I had at a short-lived sandwich shop that opened here in Gahanna, Ohio several years back." The important part of that is the fact that this place made Primanti's style sandwiches -- the bread, the meat, the potatoes, the slaw and the tomatoes. That's why I said what I did about not wanting to go to Primanti's.



 
So, after all these years, may I continue to assume that you have yet even to try Five Guys

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Sat, 10/27/12 10:28 AM
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Even though I am a native and generally love all things Pittsburgh I am one of those curmudgeons who asks for his friens "on the side" when I visit Primanti's..  Yes, I know that is a 'violation', but I am sitting in a restaurant eating, not gnashing at a 'meal between bread' while driving a truck.
 
As Pittsburgh joints go, I prefer the Dirty O.

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Sat, 10/27/12 11:18 AM
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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.

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Sat, 10/27/12 3:24 PM
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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 - Tue, 10/30/12 12:56 PM
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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. 
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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Tue, 10/30/12 3:30 PM
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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 - Tue, 10/30/12 3:59 PM
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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 - Tue, 10/30/12 4:14 PM
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Heck, it was like that last Thursday afternoon.

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Re:The Curmudgeon And Primanti's - Tue, 10/30/12 5:23 PM
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bb
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 - Wed, 10/31/12 4:40 AM
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jm199-
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 - Wed, 10/31/12 4:46 AM
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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 - Wed, 10/31/12 7:32 AM
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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.


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 - Wed, 10/31/12 10:47 AM
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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 - Wed, 10/31/12 11:52 AM
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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 - Wed, 10/31/12 12:19 PM
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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.

 
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 - Wed, 10/31/12 12:59 PM
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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 - Wed, 10/31/12 4:30 PM
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jimcfs1


buffetbuster

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.


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 - Wed, 10/31/12 7:17 PM
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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 - Wed, 10/31/12 7:24 PM
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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 - Thu, 11/1/12 2:36 PM
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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 - Thu, 11/1/12 3:53 PM
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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 - Fri, 11/2/12 12:24 AM
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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 - Fri, 11/2/12 7:11 AM
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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!