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buffetbuster

Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes Tue, 03/5/13 5:53 PM (permalink)
Sad news from the Strip District.  After almost 100 years, Benkovitz Seafood closed today. 
 
#1
    wanderingjew

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    Re:Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes Tue, 03/5/13 6:01 PM (permalink)
    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.
     
    #2
      lleechef

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      Re:Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes Tue, 03/5/13 6:04 PM (permalink)
      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.
       
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        Michael Hoffman

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        Re:Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes Tue, 03/5/13 6:33 PM (permalink)
        Damn! I had my first Western Pennsylvania fish sandwich there. That's a shame.
         
        #4
          buffetbuster

          Re:Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes Wed, 03/6/13 8:48 AM (permalink)
          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. 
           
          #5
            blue heaven

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            Re:Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes Wed, 03/6/13 10:11 AM (permalink)
            Oh no!  I loved that place.  Is that Oyster House still open downtown??
             
            #6
              buffetbuster

              Re:Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes Wed, 03/6/13 10:14 AM (permalink)
              blue heaven-
              The Original Oyster House is still going strong!  We ate there just about a month ago.
               
              #7
                lleechef

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                Re:Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes Wed, 03/6/13 10:51 AM (permalink)
                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. 
                 
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                  jm199

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                  Re:Benkovitz Seafood in Pittsburgh closes Wed, 03/6/13 4:33 PM (permalink)
                  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".
                   
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