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Jul 2, 2007 07:42 PM

Which Primanti Brothers?

Hadn't realized they've built a mini-empire out in Western Pa. We are Philly folks heading west in late July and would like to see what all the fuss is about. We are looking for advice on which one to go to in order to get "the real experience."

Side note, we will have our two-year old in tow, so if some locales are not appropriate for the little one, please let us know.


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  1. Go to the "strip district"...or even Oakland on Pitt Campus. Haven't had one @ PNC Park but they've all gotta be great. We were in Lauderdale and it's all the same - PS have an iron city and send regards to Toni!!!

    1. The original is in the Strip, 18th Street. The Oakland location, Forbes Ave, has been there for over 30 years though. Some people have told me the suburban places aren't as good, but they do still fill up regularly. (I drive past the Cranberry location regularly, but I've never been in there.)

      You might get some comments giving a thumbs down on the food, which is a matter of opinion (personally I don't have a strong opinion either way on Primanti's food), but it is an institution around here. The Strip is the closest to original experience. These days the classic time for many folks is probably at 2am on a Saturday after the bars close ;-) but you won't be doing that with the little one in tow. Other than that it shouldn't matter. The Strip in the daytime is a shopping area. Have Primanti's for lunch; it doesn't really make sense for any other meal IMO.

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      1. re: CrazyOne

        Thanks indyrep and CrazyOne.

        We'll head to "The Strip."

          1. re: katherine_w

            Was just at the the South Side location last week and that's our favorite spot. The one in the Strip is good also. I avoid the one in Oakland as they always seem to turn out a wimpy sandwich. Seems like they have out of town college kids working there and they don't know how to truly make the sandwich.

            1. re: Rick

              go to the one on the southside off carson st. like 16th street or something. And coming from Philly you must get the steak and cheese. It's more like a burger patty but thin, greasy and the cole slaw makes it all worthwhile. wonderful sandwich.