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Primanti Brothers

46 18th St., Pittsburgh, PA - (412) 263-2142
Posted By Adam Cohen on 6/13/2007 10:09:00 AM
This twenty-four hour mecca for tired truckers found within the Strip District of Pittsburgh has a notable reputation for kick-ass sandwiches, and blessedly the word of mouth lives up to the lipid-engorged glory.

As you enter the dimly lit, surprisingly small space, the walls, covered with caricatures of some of Pittsburgh's favorite offspring, capture your attention. Peruse portraits of Mike Ditka, Michael Keaton (dressed as Batman) and a misspelled Jeff Goldblum. The menu, on placards posted above the counter, displays various sandwich meat options, along with Pittsburgh-style chili and the number one seller, Iron City Beer. I selected roast beef, Ryan went with corned beef, and we tore into our heaping mounds of steaming meat, grease, and slaw.

Inside this improbably high sandwich is a mound of your selected meat covered with tomato slices, Pittsburgh-style coleslaw (no mayo), full-flavored french fries and, for real die-hards, a well-done sunny-side up egg between two slices of rye bread. Outstanding. A+++. Reminiscent of Gene and Jude's hot dog stand in River Grove, Illinois. This Primanti Bros. sandwich is served without a plate; it's presented on a sheet of wax paper that glistens after the sandwich slowly disappears.

Primanti is a highly, highly recommended place. I would say it is easily among my top five food places of all time. I will be going back to this original location as soon as time permits.

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The capicola with cheese is my go-to sandwich at Primanti's.  The spiciness of the ham, combined with the creaminess of the fries' interior and coleslaw's vinegary tang, make for an unbeatable combination.
"The capicola with cheese is my go-to sandwich at Primanti's. The spiciness of the ham, combined with the creaminess of the fries' interior and coleslaw's vinegary tang, make for an unbeatable combination."
Cliff Strutz





Primanti Brothers serves a whole meal between two slices of bread.
"Primanti Brothers serves a whole meal between two slices of bread."
Michael Stern


Roast beef, Pittsburgh-style slaw, sliced tomatoes, fresh french fries, egg, and simply tasty bread.
"Roast beef, Pittsburgh-style slaw, sliced tomatoes, fresh french fries, egg, and simply tasty bread."
Adam Cohen


The very busy Primanti's grill.
"The very busy Primanti's grill."
Cliff Strutz


On a short counter adjacent to the grill, sandwiches are assembled faster than the eye can see.
"On a short counter adjacent to the grill, sandwiches are assembled faster than the eye can see."
Michael Stern


Among the Pittsburghers immortalized on the lengthy wall mural is Henry Mancini, Andrew Carnegie, and Bruno Sammartino.
"Among the Pittsburghers immortalized on the lengthy wall mural is Henry Mancini, Andrew Carnegie, and Bruno Sammartino."
Cliff Strutz


The doors never close at Primanti Brothers in the Pittsburgh Strip.  Walk in any time, and you are guaranteed a counter crowded with colorful sandwich devotees.
"The doors never close at Primanti Brothers in the Pittsburgh Strip. Walk in any time, and you are guaranteed a counter crowded with colorful sandwich devotees."
Michael Stern



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