Name: Triangle Bar & Grill
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Swissvale neighborhood)
Meal: Italian Hoagie, Potato Chips, and Iced Tea
Type: Sandwich Shop
A sandwich made on a long French or Italian roll is and always will be a hoagie to me. I can thank my suburban Philadelphia roots for that. It is well documented that these sandwiches have many names all over the country but I’m always partial to any to any store with the good sense to call it a hoagie. Triangle Bar & Grill is one such sandwich shop. Their sign brags that it is the home of the Battleship and Destroyer sandwiches (take that submarine sandwich!).
Taking a naval theme their sandwiches ranges in size from Torpedos (4 inches) all the way up to Super Battleship (36+ inches). The varieties cover the usual mix of turkey, tuna salad, and cheesesteak but the star is the classic Italian. I opted for the classic Italian Destroyer, a little bit larger than a footlong. Classic Italian brings you salami, provolone, and ham topped with onion, tomato, lettuce, oil & vinegar, and salt & pepper. The sandwich was on point.
The sandwich has a sweetness to it, possibly from the mayo, possibly from the ham. The sweetness is not over the top though, balanced by the vinegar and salt. The meat and vegetable balance was just right. If I had to give it one critique it would be for a chewier roll (there’s my Philadelphia roots again). Paired with some potato chips and iced tea it has all the makings of a perfect meal. In all honesty an Italian hoagie paired like this is on my short list of last meals, were I ever forced to choose. Swissvale is not the most conveniently located of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods but Triangle Bar & Grill makes it worth the side trip when headed out to Monroeville.
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