Last weekend Dave and I headed to Pittsburgh for my mom’s 65th Birthday weekend. It was an extra special visit since my sister and brother-in-law just moved to Squirrel Hill, just a few blocks from where mom grew up! I have a lot of fond memories going to Pittsburgh frequently as a child to visit one of my Aunts and many cousins, and also going to Emma Kauffman Camp (run by the Pittsburgh JCC). But I really haven’t done many “touristy” activities before last weekend. The trip would not have been complete without lunch at the Primati Bros. original location in the Strip District.
The Strip District, is an area in Pittsburgh that is home to warehouses and produce yards. The Primanti brothers started selling their sandwiches during the 1930’s out of a street cart to truckers on the go. Their famous sandwich includes warm deli meat, cheese, coleslaw and french fries on italian bread. You can choose your meat but everything else is mandatory! It may sound weird that a sandwich would include the sides within the bread, but somehow it works so well. Naturally it has become a staple of Pittsburgh.
The warm pastrami, crisp fries and coleslaw are such a good combination. It is comfort food at its best! This was my first time experiencing the famous Primanti sandwich and I can’t wait to go back for more!