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Old 02-03-2014, 07:45 PM
 
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Next on my agenda is to try the overpriced hot dogs at The O.
I've been here for decades and I've never been to The O. If you're going to put a hotdog place on your agenda, pick the one in South Hills. The guy makes X hotdogs per day (crazy high number) and closes when they sell out. They sell out quickly too. You'll have to do some research for the name of it.

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The best is having one very late at night at the original location in the Strip District after a night of punk rock. Goes down good under those circumstances.
I have only had two in my life. Once drunk and once sober. They're more tolerable drunk. That's for sure.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:12 PM
 
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Back on topic of Primanti's please.

FWIW, when I lived in Pittsburgh, I asked them to put my fries and coleslaw on the side and they happily accommodated my request.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:59 PM
 
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Back on topic of Primanti's please.

FWIW, when I lived in Pittsburgh, I asked them to put my fries and coleslaw on the side and they happily accommodated my request.
You must have gone to one of the new restaurants. Those locations provide normal customer service.

The original location is the one with special atmosphere, especially in the middle of the night.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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I just can't deal with fries on any sandwich (or hotdog). Some folks also like crisps on their sandwiches - I don't care for that either.
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:22 AM
 
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The Ausie Burger thread inspired me. This is a famous Pittsburgh food. We're not known for much in the culinary word. Aside from Heinz Ketchup. And putting French fries on everything. including salads. Basically it's a typical hot deli sandwich with French fries and coleslaw on it. What makes it famous was the "experience" of getting one. The original location was/is in our Strip District. That's our warehouse district. It's open all night long to feed truckers. Think Soup Nazi. There were no special requests for fries on the side, etc. You never could be certain you'd get what you ordered. You had to settle for whatever they gave you. People would converge on this place after the bars closed just to experience the atmosphere and the abuse. It's a francize now and the satellite locations have customer service, which isn't the same as being abused while intoxicated at 4am while elbow to elbow with truck drivers in the Strip.

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I went to college in Pittsburgh and visited Primanti's exactly twice: the first time to try the sandwich everyone was talking about and the second time to reconfirm my initial experience. As with most things culinary in Pittsburgh, the Primanti's sandwich is disgusting ... flavorless and the idea of eating a sandwich with soggy fries embedded in it is gross.

All of this reminds me of the old Isaly's dairy restaurant chain. Pittsburgh offered the absolute worst excuse for ice cream I've ever had - the crystallized frozen junk in a typical supermarket is a major improvement.

I have many fond memories of Pittsburgh, but food is most definitely not one of them - the Squirrel Hill Cafe and Del's in Bloomfield possibly notwithstanding.
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Old 02-04-2014, 08:20 AM
 
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As with most things culinary in Pittsburgh, the Primanti's sandwich is disgusting...

...I have many fond memories of Pittsburgh, but food is most definitely not one of them - the Squirrel Hill Cafe and Del's in Bloomfield possibly notwithstanding.
You haven't been to Pittsburgh for a long time. It's no longer all Primantis and perogies here.

It's becoming a trendy foodie place.

Pittsburgh is next big food city, says Bon Appetit

The Culinary Renaissance of Pittsburgh, PA | The Dinner Party Download

In Pittsburgh, Trading Pirogi for Farm-to-Table Fare | New York Times

Chef appeal: Pittsburgh's growing restaurant scene attracts staff from bigger cities - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:31 PM
 
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Thx. Interesting reading, but I'd actually have to experience it to believe it. AFAIK, the only places in this country where I trust an almost uniformly good dining experience are SF and Chicago; every place else is a distinct crapshoot, including NYC.

P.S.: It was never really a perogies kind of place, more haluski ... Which is even more disgusting LOL!
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Old 02-04-2014, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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I think it sounds delicious, but since I'm on the other side of the country I'll have to content myself with trying to recreate one.
I'm sure I can come up with a good vinegar dressing, I'd also toast and lightly butter to make a "sog" barricade and make sure the fries are crispy.

I'd probably switch up the bread to whole grain too.

NOW I'm hungry lol
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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The Ausie Burger thread inspired me. This is a famous Pittsburgh food. We're not known for much in the culinary word. Aside from Heinz Ketchup. And putting French fries on everything. including salads. Basically it's a typical hot deli sandwich with French fries and coleslaw on it. What makes it famous was the "experience" of getting one. The original location was/is in our Strip District. That's our warehouse district. It's open all night long to feed truckers. Think Soup Nazi. There were no special requests for fries on the side, etc. You never could be certain you'd get what you ordered. You had to settle for whatever they gave you. People would converge on this place after the bars closed just to experience the atmosphere and the abuse. It's a francize now and the satellite locations have customer service, which isn't the same as being abused while intoxicated at 4am while elbow to elbow with truck drivers in the Strip.

http://www.roadfood.com/photos/16705.jpg
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I recall Primanti from an episode of DDD. The coleslaws were pushed into the sandwich. Interesting. I would eat one right now. No ketchup for me please.
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Long Island,New York
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New yorker here and I have traveled all over especially during the air force years and tried all types of food. Honestly, the fries take away from the sandwich as does the slaw. That's why people use lettuce on sandwiches. It gives it a texture without really taking over. When you eat a sandwich you want to taste the distinct flavors. The fries mask it. I pulled all the stuff off a chicken one and it was good without it but a lot of places like this have the good history and it made sense back then. With that being said, after a night at a club or bar; stuff like this can taste great and hit those cravings pretty well.
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