Wholey's is a local, family owned, Pittsburgh treasure ... providing fresh seafood, meats, poultry, produce, and grocery ... both retail and wholesale throughout the tri-state area. People come from far and wide to shop and eat. There is a counter to buy cooked seafood & sides for take-out or eating in upstairs dining room. There is even a fresh sushi counter with chef on-hand to fulfill orders. Dining area is very casual with paper on the tables. Wholey's is a fun, bustling atmosphere with market, model train overhead, and groceries. They are famous for their fish sandwiches here in Western Pennsylvania, served on also local, famous Mancini bakery rolls. In business since 1912. I can't imagine anyone getting a bad sandwich here since we have been coming here for over 20 years without issue. Wholey family members are present and visible throughout the store ... if there were to be a problem, they should be told. They will make it right ... the customer is always right here, no question! Servers and cashiers on the cooked food line are not always the friendliest sort, but they are efficient, fast and used to processing an enormous number of impatient people everyday! Lines for the cooked foot tend to be long especially in fair weather on weekends, but they move fast ... do not be intimidated, any wait is worth it. Prior to Christmas, the crowds can be mind-boggling ... so for your first time, recommend coming on a weekday away from the holidays when you can avoid the intense bustle and get a better view of all the market offerings. Bathrooms are available in the basement, but must be accessed by stairs in back of the seafood market next to the fish tanks. Seems to me there might be a hidden elevator, but don't count on it. Bathrooms have never been attractive or pleasant to use, but if ya gotta go, ya gotta go. They are small, tight. Improvements have been made over the years, but this is still a low priority for them ... basics are provided and that is that. However, there are fresh flowers at the sink to at least bring a smile to your face. Educationally, this is a great location for children to learn about fish, see the fish and lobsters in tanks, see the displays of many types of fish, watch staff clean and filet the fresh fish ... ask questions of the employees. There is a model train circulating overhead which is fun to watch among other things. All staff are happy to answer questions and will even give cooking tips upon request. You can order gift packages to be shipped nationwide from $10-40 for 1-2 day delivery. Free shipping is available for orders over $200. We love this place and hope you do, too!
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