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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Name: La Feria
Location: Shady Side, Pittsburgh, PA
Meal: Turkey Sandwich and a Limeade
When you think of Pittsburgh, Peruvian food is not the first thing that jumps to mind. At the urging of my sister I tracked down one of her favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh, La Feria in Shady Side. La Feria actually is a small cantina within a Peruvian art store. I’m not sure quite how authentic a Peruvian dish it is but I had a delicious Pavo Asado, or as you may know it, a turkey sandwich. I will be honest, I was a little disappointed in myself to have ordered a turkey sandwich at an ethnic restaurant but it was delicious nonetheless. While the #1 spot on my list of greatest turkey sandwiches will always be reserved for my traditional after Thanksgiving sandwich involving cold stuffing and cranberry sauce, this sandwich placed fairly high. The baguette was just the right bit of chewy, the aji mayonnaise just tangy enough, and the turkey well seasoned. Their homemade limeade was a nice accompaniment to the meal; not too tangy or sweet, just refreshing. One a rainy cold Pittsburgh fall day this was a surprisingly refreshing lunch.
Primanti Brothers Sandwich
Name: Primanti Brothers
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Meal: Capicola and Ham Sandwich
Type: Sandwich Shop
The Primanti Brother’s sandwich may be one of the most widely known regional foods in America. For the uninitiated a Primanti sandwich is served with cole slaw and french fries directly on the sandwich. It is the sandwich of a hard working town. If you were working in a steel mill all day, you could probably get away with eating these sandwiches regularly. My modern standards eating a sandwich like this on a regular basis will leave you very full and very chubby.
The legend behind the sandwich is that delivery guys in the Strip district wanted a full meal between two slices of bread. A Primanti sandwich is definitely a full meal. When ordering you simply pick your meat. The meat is heated on the griddle, the bread is sliced fresh from a full loaf, and when the meat is ready the magic happens. Construction of a Primanti sandwich starts with the meat on the bottom; a heaping handful of fresh cut french fries smooshed on top, and then a handful of cole slaw on top of that. That sandwich is then sliced down the middle and served up. Good luck being able to cleanly eat your way through this sandwich; it is a lot of work.
I don’t even think I have to tell you to go try this sandwich. Is this is not on your Pittsburgh short list, you’re doing it wrong. Eat at Primanti’s, yinz will enjoy it. Continue reading