August is National Sandwich Month. Time to celebrate the act of stuffing layers of tasty ingredients between slices of bread. Whether stuffed with chicken, capicola or schnitzel, there are many great places in Pittsburgh where you can enjoy a great sandwich. So, get your friends together and plan a couple of weekends to celebrate sandwiches by tasting your way through Pittsburgh.
46 18th St.
PIttsburgh, PA 15222
With its original location in the strip district since 1933, Primanti Brothers put Pittsburgh on the sandwich map. Primanti now has 14 area locations and has expanded to Florida, bringing the “Pittsburgh style” sandwich to a new audience of sandwich enthusiasts. Although you can enjoy your choice of meat on a Primanti sandwich, why not try its newest creation “when pigs fly?” It is a turkey, ham and bacon sandwich with a fried egg topped with the signature fresh cut fries and coleslaw on fresh Italian bread.
300 McHolme Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
With locations in Robinson and Fox Chapel, Burgatory is fast becoming the number one spot for burgers in the ‘burgh. What would a celebration of National Sandwich Month be without including a burger? Try the non-traditional what-a-jerk chicken burger. This tasty burger starts with jerk-rubbed ground chicken layered with grilled pineapple and provolone cheese. The burger is topped with caramelized onion marmalade, cilantro and banana ketchup and served on a whole wheat bun.
Penn Brewing Company
800 Vinial St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Located in the north side, Penn Brewing Company is known for its German cuisine and its variety of finely crafted beers. Among its tasty menu offerings is the schnitzel sandwich. Schnitzel, of course, is a traditional German breaded pork cutlet often served with an onion gravy. In this sandwich, the cutlet is sauteed along with grilled peppers, onions and mushrooms and placed on a bun. A crisp vinegar slaw and Swiss cheese are added with a bit of Dijon mustard for a sweet and spicy kick. It is the perfect beer garden sandwich to enjoy with a cold Penn Pilsner.
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The Pub Chip Shop
1830 E.Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Located in the south side, The Pub Chip Shop is adjacent to Piper’s Pub and specializes in quick and tasty British-style chips along with an assortment of fish, chicken, sandwiches and pasties. If you’re looking for a tasty sandwich with across-the-pond flair, try The Ripper. This sandwich features a fried Smith’s brand hot dog. The hot dog is layered chili and Welsh cheddar cheese sauce on a poppy seed bun. It’s a great summer sandwich to enjoy during a casual lunch while strolling around the south side.
1711 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Located in the strip district, Wholey’s Market is known as the go-to place for fresh seafood in Pittsburgh. Many visitors to the strip district look forward to a stop at Wholey’s for a tasty seafood lunch. Among the fried clams, shrimp and crab legs is the Wholey Whaler. This enormous sandwich features a whole pound of wild caught whiting dipped in a rich batter and fried until crispy. You can enjoy it on your choice of bun with your choice of toppings such as a spicy cocktail sauce or zesty tartar sauce.
Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.