What started out in 1933 as a working-class bar in the Strip District, Primanti Brothers has since expanded to 10 other Pittsburgh locations, plus a home-away-from-home for displaced Pittsburghers in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A casual neighborhood joint, Primantis is popular with the after-work and after-hours crowds. Most locations serve alchohol, but none designate a non-smoking section.
Hot, fast, and greasy, a Primanti Brother's sandwich is a meal all by itself. The cheesesteak version (a burger, not shaved steak) is the most popular, but there are plenty of other meaty choices. The fries are hand-cut, the slaw tangy, and the bread warm and crusty, the way good Italian bread should be. Just about the most filling sandwich you'll find anywhere - imitated by many, but equaled by few.
Primanti Brothers Restaurant
46 18th Street (Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 152222
Prices: Sandwiches, Salads and Soups $3-$6
Hours: Strip District location open 24 hours. The rest vary.
City Locations: Strip District, Cherry Way, Oakland, South Side, Market Square, PNC Park, Heinz Field
Suburban Locations: Robinson Township, North Versailles, Pleasant Hills, Harmarville