Pittsburgh is located in western Pennsylvania and has many things that are unique to the city. You can go to Pittsburgh to catch a Steelers or a Penguins game, you can view the many bridges, you can visit the Andy Warhol Museum.
There are also many foods and regional delicacies that Pittsburgh is known for. While some of the foods that Pittsburgh is known for or that originated in Pittsburgh are widely available elsewhere, like pierogies and Heinz ketchup, some Pittsburgh eats are only available in and around the city or in very limited locations. Consider the following foods you can only get in Pittsburgh:
Primanti Brothers Sandwiches
Primantis is probably the most iconic Pittsburgh food and the first that springs to mind when you ask someone to name a distinctly Steel City delicacy. Primanti Brothers began in the Strip District of Pittsburgh in 1933 and catered to delivery drivers who were only able to eat their lunch with one hand while driving their trucks with the other.
To solve this unique eating quandary, Primanti Brothers began placing the sides they would normally serve with the sandwich on top of the sandwich. So the truckers could have their sandwich, french fries, and coleslaw all in one bite. You can still get your Primanti Brothers Sandwich in the Strip District (and at several other locations across the city) with your choice of protein, as well as the iconic fries and coleslaw.
Eat’n Park Smiley Cookies
Eat’n Park is a regional restauran chain based in Homestead, Pennsylvania with many locations in and around Pittsburgh, as well as Ohio and West Virginia. Eat’n Park is definitely a restaurant associated strongly with Pittsburgh.
Eat’n Park is known specifically for its iconic Smiley Cookies. The cookies were introduced in 1986, and people in and around Pittsburgh latched onto them immediately, making them a staple even to today. Notably, Eat’n Park restaurants have on-site bakeries, so all of the Smiley Cookies are freshly made every day. Also noteworthy is that each cookie is iced by hand, so each smile is unique.
Kennywood Potato Patch Fries
If you are a fan of Kennywood, the amusement park located just southwest of Pittsburgh, you are probably also a fan of their Potato Patch Fries. These fires are another iconic Pittsburgh area food. While the fries themselves are super simple, the cooking method and toppings really make them.
Potato Patch Fries are fresh cut from Idaho potatoes and cooked and salted to order. Many people choose to top their fries with cheddar cheese and bacon, which is what many picture when they hear “Potato Patch Fries.”
If all of this food is making you hungry and craving a trip to Pittsburgh, jump in the car and go. If you are already familiar with all of these foods and more, like Sarris Candies and Pamela’s hotcakes, you may want to make the trip to Pittsburgh permanent with one of the many Pittsburgh houses for sale. Either way, grab yourself a Primanti Brothers sandwich and a Smiley Cookie, and enjoy a classic Pittsburgh meal.