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When a Pittsburgher thinks of food

Pittsburgh has a culinary tradition.

I can hear some of you snickering out there, but Pittsburgh does have a food tradition. Sometimes it isn’t pretty (much like our predilection to use the word “yunz” in sentences), but it is a tradition nonetheless.

Here are some of the foods that we can make claim to, or simply remind us of Pittsburgh, in alphabetical order.

  • Big Macs: Invented and first sold in Pittsburgh.
  • Chip Chopped Ham: Shaved ham, a deli meat. Often quite fatty.
  • City Chicken: Veal or pork disguised as Chicken…don’t ask.
  • Clark Bars: North Side Candy Bar that became popular nationwide.
  • Dippy Eggs: eggs over easy…over very easy, often served on untoasted white bread.
  • Fried Zucchini Strips: Popularized by Italian immigrants, I grew up on these and fried Zucchini Slices. Of course, Pittsburghers can’t just leave well enough alone, and you’ll often see them topped with Heinz Ketchup.
  • Heinz Ketchup: Thank GOD Heinz makes an Organic Ketchup.
  • Hoagies: Our version of Submarine Sandwiches. In Western Pennsylvania, Hoagie sales are extremely popular in High Schools to raise money.
  • Imp an Ahrn: An Imp an Ahrn, is a shot of Imperial Whiskey placed in a glass of Iron City. Our version of a boilermaker.
  • Iron City Beer: Our hometown brew, known for their cans featuring the various sports teams. It’s taste? Meh.
  • Italian Wedding Soup: Beef meatballs in Chicken broth, with pasta and carrots.
  • Jimmies: Jimmies are what everyone else calls sprinkles (i.e. the tiny candies put on ice cream).
  • Jumbo Sandwiches: Jumbo isn’t a size, it’s a name for Baloney
  • Klondike Bars: Isaly’s ice cream treat.
  • Pierogies: Potato dumplings made popular by the many Polish and Ukranian immigrants in the area.
  • Pittsburgh style steak: Steak cooked at an extremely high heat, so that the outside is burnt, but the inside is pink
  • Pop: Coke and Pepsi are pops. Soda is water.
  • Strawberry Pies: Every year, Eat ‘n’ Park would have specials based on this dessert, and every year, families would make at least one pilgrimage to indulge in them.
  • Rolling Rock Beer: Actually a Latrobe, PA institution. Home to the Steelers training camp.

Restaurants and Food Sellers

  • Eat n’ Park: Our version of Denny’s. Tasted better than Denny’s as well.
  • Giant Eagle: A local grocery store, often pronounced J’an T’ggle in Pittsburghese.
  • Isaly’s: Actually a Eastern Ohio Dairy Company that became Pittsburgh’s version of a Soda Shop.
  • Primanti Bros.: A Pittsburgh Institution
  • Winky’s: A long gone fast food restaurant, who had a slogan that went “Winky’s makes you happy to be hungry.”

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Primanti Bros. Style Cappiocola Sandwich – Pittsburgh Recipes


Anytime you talk about food from Pittsburgh with a native Pittsburgher (Mmmm… Pittsburgher), inevitably we natives will bring up the wonderful sandwiches from Primanti Brothers.

We’re annoying like that.

The sandwich is a carb lovers dream, with big thick slices of bread, topped with french fries. There’s also cole slaw and then slices of deli meat. Don’t you judge me!

This is a classic sandwich and should be tried at least once in anyone’s life.

My own version uses a demi-baguette instead of thick slices of white bread. I also use cappiocola which is technically not on Primanti Bros. City menu, but can be found on their Suburban menu.

  • 1 demi-baguette
  • 1/2 lb of your favorite Deli Cuts, sliced (in my case – cappocola)
  • 6 oz. French Fries, direct from the Fryer
  • 3/4 cup cole slaw

Make your french fries as per your favorite recipe.

While the pototoes are frying, cut your baguette lengthwise. Place slices of deli meat on the bottom half of the bread.

scoop 1/4 of the cole slaw into the bread and spread over the top half of the sandwich.

When the fries are done, place them on a paper towel to allow excess grease to drain. Salt. Place fries on sandwich and top with remaining cole slaw. Slice sandwich in half and serve.

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