Primanti Bros. is probably the most famous restaurant in Pittsburgh, and its main location (known as Primanti's on the Strip) is open 24 hours to satisfy even the most dire of sandwich cravings. Their claim to fame is creating an entire meal in a sandwich – in addition to meat, you get fried potatoes and Pittsburgh-style coleslaw (no mayo) right on the sandwich. Regulars suggest the double egg (surprisingly good early in the morning!), pastrami, and cheese steak versions to get an authentic taste of this Pittsburgh favorite.
Carson Street Deli turns out true, NYC-style deli sandwiches for reasonable prices. Need more tempting? Try this on for size: the Godfather features imported Dilusso Genoa salami with provolone, oil, oregano, and roasted peppers on a baguette. È buono, indeed! N.B. Not on the South Side but want a shot at one of their delicious sandwiches?
Union Grill's sign boasts "Honest American Food," and the "honest" part is that everything is brought in fresh daily from local markets. That dedication to premium goods would explain the crowds that usually frequent Union Grill for burgers, desserts, and other American foods. The bar tends to stay open later than the grill's listed hours.
This vintage seafood house boasts monster fish sandwiches and an attractive updated bar. It's been in operation since 1870 and is a city mainstay for both visitors and residents. Platters and sandwiches are most prevalent, featuring shrimp, scallops, oysters, crab cakes, and even Italian hot sausage. The seafood breading is a signature recipe, and 25 major films have been shot on location here.
Famous for consistently great cheesesteaks and hoagies, Uncle Sam's is reason for a noontime treat. Be sure to visit in the afternoon for mushrooms and cheese on a baguette or for a pizza sub. Students love Uncle Sam's for its inexpensive prices, quality sandwiches, and casual atmosphere. In fact, reading a paper and talking at a booth are almost as popular as indulging in the food, which comes with free fries if you eat there.