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Feb 16, 2010 09:49 AM

Fried Fish - Pittsburgh (ish)

And so it begins...Lenten fish fries. I have tried my fair share of church and civic organization fish fries and have been relatively happy with the results. I am not opposed to a good piece of fried fish in a restaurant either - my favorite right now being The Backdoor Tavern in New Brighton. But, I am always looking for a hidden gem. I am in the North Hills but willing to travel to the other side of the big city if need be. Suggestions?

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  1. I just had one at the Carson City Saloon on the South Side which was tremendous! I'm always on the lookout for a good fish sandwich!

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    1. re: Burghfeeder

      i haven't been back to ccs since the day my husband and i watched one of the employees spray raid to control gnats that were swarming over the booths. an email to the manager brought only a reply that he would "look into it," whatever that meant.

      1. re: forstton

        Huh...I don't like to hear that!
        Anyway, another place that has a great fish sandwich is Pipers Pub in the South Side. This thing takes about three employees just to carry the platter that it's served on!

    2. I've always had a great fish sandwich at Roland's in the strip. It's been over a year since I've last been there so I can't say for sure that it's still great though. Benkovits and Wholeys and both pretty famous for their fish sandwiches too.

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      1. re: Rick

        Just had a fish sandwich today at Holy Angel's church, sort of near where the old Sand Castle entrance used to be. Was pretty hard to beat for $6. Believe it or not Pasta Too has an excellent fish sandwich.

        1. re: Rick

          I think that Armand's on Liberty in Bloomfield is by far the best fish sandwich in the city. Enormouse and moist piece of fish. The jumbo fried butterfly shrimp are also amazing. There is no atmosphere and they stop serving food at around 5pm.

          Armand's Bar
          4755 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

          1. re: meatmaster

            Max's Allegheny Tavern in the Northside has a great fish sandwich as does Cupka's in the Southside.

      2. Another really good one is at Pipers Pub on the South Side. they use Haddock instead of Cod (which is very common in Pgh). They lightly beer batter, fry and serve with fries...And it's HUGE! Very good too.

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        1. re: Burghfeeder

          I went to Piper's Pub based on your suggestion, and had the fish sandwich. I have only tried the fish sandwich at one other location in Pittsburgh - Benkovitz. The Benkovitz one was tasty, but a bit small, and tasted like it was made and breaded somewhere else, and then frozen - like a filet o' fish at McDonalds - only tasted much better. The sandwich at Piper's is huge, delicately flavored, with a fried batter of the type that you would expect with fish and chips. A nice beer selection, and a nice pub - very clean. Thanks for the recommendation.

          Piper's Pub
          1828 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

        2. St. Rosalia fish fry in Greenfield is really good -- fresh buns and lots of sides to choose from -- fries, coleslaw, haluski, homemade soup, mac 'n cheese to name a few. Price is great too - $7.50 for fish or shrimp dinner which includes any two sides.