Primanti Bros. is the kind of place that appears to have earned its reputation over years of serving huge, fresh sandwiches to the city’s masses regardless of the hour (it’s open for twenty-four of them) or stripe of patron (although I see it as a more blue collar, sports fan kind of place with the average diner being an off duty cop, taxi driver or Archie Bunker). Which is why it’s OK that the place looks a little dumpy and only takes cash. But who cares? The food is fun and the smart-alecky staff are entertaining to watch. You will have a hard time finishing a complete sandwich yourself unless you are really hungry. Rather than the usual sub sandwich offerings, Primanti takes a different approach with regular, freshly cut loaf bread stuffed to the rafters with your choice of meats and cheeses. Then, they add their signature coleslaw and a handful of French fries on top before pressing it all together. Not knowing this, I ordered four for two adults and two children and was advised to keep my hand under the bottom of the take-out bag due to the weight. Yikes! When I got back to the hotel, we managed to finish two and a bit of the sandwiches that night and then put them in the fridge. The next morning, we had a few more bites and that was it. We could have easily split two of them. If you are a big hungry guy and it’s late, this is your place.
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