My homeboy Joon and I, heading home from an upstate New York work trip, were thinking food. Surely there were options just off the interstate, but Joon had a better idea. Why not add a few hours to our journey and head to the Ship District of Pittsburgh?
That’s where you’ll find Primanti Bros, a small spot with a huge personality [can’t believe I didn’t take a single indoor shot!] and even huger reputation for its sandwiches.
The restaurant and its signature sandwich have been featured in several national publications and television shows, including National Geographic magazine, Man v. Food, and Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America. Primanti Brothers made the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s list of “1,000 Places to See Before You Die in the USA and Canada”, and their sandwich is a featured Pittsburgh landmark on Yinztagram.
The restaurant was mentioned on the April 21, 2008, episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in an interview with Senator Barack Obama. Stewart suggested that Obama visit the restaurant for their “great sandwiches”, which Stewart had enjoyed as a comedian on the club circuit.
An ESPN.com rating of PNC Park mentioned that “the best [concession] item is the famous Primanti Brothers sandwich, a Pittsburgh institution”, and granted this “signature concession item” an exuberant score of “5+++” (out of 5). This helped PNC Park to achieve its overall #1 ranking in the feature.