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Robert Wholey & Co.

1501 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA - (412) 261-3377
Posted By Michael Stern on 8/15/2007 8:50:00 AM
Once strictly a wholesale fish market, Wholey now carries a vast inventory of foodstuffs that range from baked ham by the haunch (or sliced super thin, aka chipped-chopped, the way Pittsburghers like it) to sides of tuna that are cut into steaks to order. Everywhere you look, there is fresh fish on ice, and as you explore the mazelike market, you also find terrific selections of cookware, canned and bottled groceries, and produce of the highest quality.

For those of us who demand immediate gratification, there are a few makeshift tables for sit-down meals at the end of a cooked food line towards the front of the store. And there are more tables upstairs in the Pittsburgh Room. Virtually anything sold raw is available to be cooked – “You buy, we fry” is the in-house motto; but the meal most people come to eat is a fish sandwich, made of cod sizzled in the bubbling fry kettles towards the front. It is common to see grocery-browsers munching a sandwich on the stroll as they peruse this truly amazing market.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Typical of a Pittsburgh fish sandwich, Wholey's provides way more fish than one bun can handle.
"Typical of a Pittsburgh fish sandwich, Wholey's provides way more fish than one bun can handle."
Cliff Strutz





You can count on Wholey's to always have several tasty seafood soups.  On the left is the spicy Maryland crab soup, which is loaded with small bits of crab.  On the right is the creamy lobster bisque.
"You can count on Wholey's to always have several tasty seafood soups. On the left is the spicy Maryland crab soup, which is loaded with small bits of crab. On the right is the creamy lobster bisque."
Cliff Strutz


The roomy upstairs dining area feels miles away from the tumult that is the Pittsburgh strip district.
"The roomy upstairs dining area feels miles away from the tumult that is the Pittsburgh strip district."
Cliff Strutz


Colorful and brash, Wholey is a culinary amusement park.
"Colorful and brash, Wholey is a culinary amusement park."
Michael Stern


Fish sandwiches are a local obsession in Pittsburgh and Wholey's are among the very best.
"Fish sandwiches are a local obsession in Pittsburgh and Wholey's are among the very best. "
Cliff Strutz


Shopping at Robert Wholey is an adventure; eating a fish sandwich here is a necessity.
"Shopping at Robert Wholey is an adventure; eating a fish sandwich here is a necessity. "
Michael Stern


Wholey's always has fun and interesting displays to grab your attention.
"Wholey's always has fun and interesting displays to grab your attention."
Cliff Strutz


Prices posted outside in summer, 2000
"Prices posted outside in summer, 2000"
Michael Stern


A rare moment at Wholey's when there is no long line.
"A rare moment at Wholey's when there is no long line."
Cliff Strutz



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