Dinner

Primanti Brothers Sandwiches

As you know, Steven Michael and I love visiting Pittsburgh. It’s an awesome city with so much to see, do and EAT! Any native Yinzer will tell you, Primanti Brothers Sandwiches are a must have when visiting the city. There is a restaurant in pretty much every neighborhood, so it doesn’t matter where you’re staying, you can get one of these sandwiches easily!

The real deal sandwich features various protein options, provolone cheese, fresh cut French fries, sweet and sour coleslaw, and tomatoes layered on slices of home made Italian bread. That’s right, it’s a FRENCH FRY SANDWICH!

The original Primanti Brothers Sandwich is fantastic, but we thought it would be fun to take the general idea and put our own spin on it. At the restaurant, they have a number of different meat/protein options. I usually go for the double egg version, and Steven Michael either does the same or gets the turkey. When we made them at home, we stuck to our usual choices.

We tweaked a lot of things, but made two major changes. First, we decided to make a creamy coleslaw instead of the vinegar based one use at the restaurant. Second, we used frozen French fries. Normally, we preach fresh food all day long but French fries are the one exception to that rule. Frozen fries are just better in every way. Fresh cut sounds great, but just doesn’t deliver (in our opinion).

The result of our experiment was ridiculously good – like FOR REAL. If you’ve ever had a Primanti Brothers sandwich, give our version and try and let us know what you think!

Travel

Pittsburgh!

Now that Steven Michael and I are both vaccinated, we were finally able to get away for a nice weekend in Pittsburgh! Pre-COVID, Pittsburgh was one of our favorite places to go as it’s not too far, and has a ton of great food and things to do. This trip was exactly what we needed, a delicious taste of normalcy, pun intended!

Most of our travels are centered around food (obviously lol). We pretty much eat our way through a city and Pittsburgh is no exception. On this trip, we got to try our favorite breakfast spot for dinner and it DID NOT DISAPPOINT! The Pub Chip Shop on E Carson Street has these amazing homemade biscuits with honey butter and just … 中中中中中. These are the kind of biscuits that we talk about months after a trip, and make specific plans to drive four hours to get again!

Buttermilk Biscuit and Honey Butter from the Pub Chip Shop

On Friday night, we checked out the Pub Chip Shop’s dinner menu and OMG! So many amazing fried seafood options (it’s a fish and chips place), it was hard to choose one! Steven Michael got the Surf and Turf, which in this case was hand battered chicken and haddock with fresh cut fries. If there is fried shrimp on a menu, I’m all over it. We ended up eating in the car, which we’re used to after this year, because they aren’t open for indoor dining quite yet. They just put the food directly in paper bags that we ripped the tops off of and dove into. They even gave us some free house made donuts, score! Both of our meals were amazing to the point where we debated going back for dinner the next night, but ultimately decided we needed more content for you, our readers (you’re welcome).

However, just because we chose to go somewhere else for dinner the next night, doesn’t mean we didn’t run right back to the Pub Chip Shop for breakfast the next morning! I got two biscuits with honey butter, because give me allllllll the biscuits, and Steven Michael got a chicken fried sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich on a hand made roll called a bap.

Sausage Egg and Cheese at the Pub Chip Shop

Eventually, we peeled ourselves away from the Pub Chip Shop and explored the city. Pittsburgh has so many things to see! We spent some time in the Strip District that is lined with shops, restaurants and a farmer’s market. We got some cool metal art for our house, a new spice blend that you will be hearing about in a future blog, a ton of candy, a variety of root beers and sea monkeys (for Ellis)! On a friend’s recommendation, we tried a place called Peace, Love and Little Donuts and holy moly! We went a little nuts a bough a dozen crazy flavored mini donuts because they looked so good!

Peace Love and Little Donuts
Root Beers from Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop

We drove to Point State Park and walked along the river taking Polaroids of people and giving the pictures to them – it was a beautiful day! Then we took a chance and went to a place called Randyland, where we didn’t really know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised to find this funky little house covered in bright colored art that just radiated happiness to everyone around it. We even bought a shirt and mug to remember such a cool place!

For our last meal in the city, we tried Condado for some delicious tacos and dips. They had something for everyone, with make your own tacos that included meat, vegetarian and vegan options. We have already decided that we have to go back to try more things!

We had so much fun getting away for a few days, relaxing and not worrying about any responsibilities. We left Pittsburgh will full bellies, full hearts and a trunk full of IKEA furniture (as one does when a store is nearby). We have a tradition any time we take a trip to do a Ukulele cover, so I will leave you with that. Enjoy!

I Don’t Want to Know by Fleetwood Mac