Awful !!. I first ate at the original Primanti Bros restaurant back in the 1980's and it was a hunger-busting experience. a generous portion of pretty good, quality meat, piled high on the sandwich, with a small amount of fries, and the coleslaw/tomato topping. I went back there last week and things had definitely changed. I ordered The Pittsburgher Cheese Steak sandwich. The joke was on me. I thought that I had ordered a steak sandwich. What I got was a previously frozen hamburger Patty, topped with a mound of greasy French fries, all for the extravagant price of $5.99. Basically, it was a French fry sandwich and it was awful. The quality of the food at Primanti Brothers has deteriorated. I don't know who would still want to eat there.
Great Sandwiches. Good Atmosphere. Would highly recommend
worst food in Pittsburgh!. We went there after the Steelers game and were highly disappointed. The waitress acted as if we were bothering her to order anything and the food was a few tiny pieces of something in the bread. My son was so sick that he threw up outside of the restaurant and in the hotel room and remained sick for a few days thereafter. It was a horrible experience. Never will we go back there even if it is the only place open in Pittsburgh!
Steak Sandwich is actually a school/prison burger. Did you know Primanti Brother's steak sandwich is actually a beef hamburger pattie with TVP (Texurized Vegetable Protein, the same burgers with soy served at schools and prisons? Sandwich costs less than .75 to make.
EXCELLENT sportsbar, quick GOOD dinner, late night snack place!!!. THis place is Pittsburgh! Great sandwiches & pizza! Ask for their top seller when you go here, IRON CITY BEER! The 2nd best seller is VERY good too, steak sandwich with all the fixins.
Underwhelming on all levels.
I went to this place with a completely open mind and was expect a pretty solid (if not decent) sandwich. I can say this because I live in DC and did a 4hr drive on a whim to have one of these 'infamous' sandwiches that I had heard soo much about. I went to the original location and was really expecting a down home setting - simple but good food without all the frills. And that's pretty much what I got. But it most assuredly was not a sandwich that was worth all of the hype and reputation that it has received over the years.
I had 3 sandwiches (cheese steak, roast beef, and double egg) and none of them left me feeling all that impressed. I drove 4hrs, was basically starving myself to fully appreciate this place, and still ended up walking out thinking 'what in the hell is the big deal?'. I honestly would rather have had a bite from my local deli down the road to repeat the 'quality' of the food. Its not to say it was bad, but it was just very mediocre. That's it. If you have some time and want to say you went there, I recommend it. But if you're looking to have an mind blowing experience that Pittsburgh folk seem to describe from this place, you're not gonna get it.
Its a signature sandwich of the city alright...messy, simple, and not all that good.
Avoid like a rash on your privates..
Being from out of town, I asked - what is the local flavor of Pittsburgh. I figured these hearty steelworkers know good food the same as Kansas City locals know BBQ. Well let me tell you brother, this is not it. Sure it was cheap, $8 for my sandwich and a beverage. But wow was it hard to swallow....the sandwich was fresh enough, but the meat had no flavor, the cole-slaw was boring, and the whoel fries thing is just goofy. Believe me, I went in with an appetite, and an open mind to something new that I would love, but this just did not cut it. Gimmick for sure! Filling, absolutely. Tasty, NEVER. Memorable, yes, but not in a good way.
Pass. You will not regret passing on this one.
Best Sandwich. Always a good call on a hungry night....Go to the Strip District Branch. They have the best tasting coleslaw...I don't know why!
Best sandwiches in the world. Primanti Brothers is the one famous restaurant that you HAVE to go to when visiting Pittsburgh. If you don't, you haven't experienced Pittsburgh. The sandwiches are amazing, with the fries and coleslaw thrown on there, which originated back in the days of the steel workers when they didn't have a lot of time for lunch. If you're an "on the side" kind of person, this place isn't for you. It's also a great late-night spot after a long night at the bar. Don't expect anything nice or upscale or amazing service-- expect paper plates, plastic utensils if you get any, very low prices (cheap beer too), and genuine people-- truly representing Pittsburgh.
Primanti's Saves the Day.... I spent the afternoon being disappointed by Mineo's and Aiello's. After a workout at the hotel, I burned off the bad taste of Pittsburg-zza and thought long and hard about hitting Primanti's. The hype surrounding the famous sandwich was sure to fall flat, I mean the pizza was a complete bust. With the Steeler game on TV, I decided that I would go see how the vaunted Steel City Fan celebrated their game day/night, and went to Primanti's. HELLO!!!!! If Primanti's has been in decline like so many reviewers say, then I'm a monkey's uncle. This friggin sandwich is AMAZING. I had the #2, and wish I had ordered a second one. I cannot be eloquent about this darn sandwich. I cannot pretend to be a wordsmith, I can only say I am looking forward to waking up tomorrow, going for a run, working up an appetite and going back to Primanti's for more. I will NEVER tell people to try the pizza in Pittsburgh, but I will tell them to goto Primanti's early and often. Primanti's saved the gastronomical day, hooray!!!
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