Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes

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buffetbuster
Porterhouse
2013/03/05 17:53:57
Sad news from the Strip District.  After almost 100 years, Benkovitz Seafood closed today. 
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes 2013/03/05 18:01:57
Oh, no....sorry to hear that...
That's not good.
 
In the 5 years I lived in Pittsburgh I never made it to Benkovitz since I could never get past
Wholey's amazing Fish Sandwich....
 
I recall going to the PNC Park (or maybe it was Three Rivers?) location and was underwhelmed but chocked that up to not being at the original location.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes 2013/03/05 18:04:06
Boo hoo.   I ate many fish sandwiches there.  The first time I took Michael to the Strip we couldn't get close to Wholey's so we went to Benkovitz.  That's a shame.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes 2013/03/05 18:33:05
Damn! I had my first Western Pennsylvania fish sandwich there. That's a shame.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes 2013/03/06 08:48:08
It has been a few years since my last visit to Benkovitz.  Not that there was anything wrong with the place at all, but with Wholey's and their great fish sandwiches just being a short walk away, it was an easy choice of where to go. 
 
Benkovitz had been reviewed on this site until the family sold it in 2007.  I visited a few times right after the new owners took over and the food was still good.  I had no idea that the business started in the Hill District.  
 
Very sorry to see the place close. 
blue heaven
Cheeseburger
Re:Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes 2013/03/06 10:11:30
Oh no!  I loved that place.  Is that Oyster House still open downtown??
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes 2013/03/06 10:14:24
blue heaven-
The Original Oyster House is still going strong!  We ate there just about a month ago.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes 2013/03/06 10:51:38
I agree that Wholey's has a better fish sandwich.  That first time, there was NO parking anywhere near the place, not even the free lot across the street.  I knew Benkovitz had their own parking lot so it was easier on Michael with his hip/walking problems to go there. 
jm199
Cheeseburger
Re:Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes 2013/03/06 16:33:04
I too was saddened to hear about Benkovitz closing their retail operations so suddenly and without notice. They had sold their wholesale fish business, Nordic Fisheries several years ago to Pittsburgh Seafoods. I went there on Ash Wednesday and the place was crowded. Another Pittsburgh institution for a future Rick Sebak show on "Places that aren't there Anymore".