On the last city before my final destination on my #OBBRoadTrip was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This city surprised me. It is by the river, has bridges to cross, the sports stadiums are close by and I had the most fun there as a solo traveler. I thought Chicago was going to be the winner. Pittsburgh, you take the cake! Darn, I didn’t have any there. I had shark, whiskey, pierogis and a massive sandwich. Plus, saw where history was made! It was a good place to stop.
After quite a few days on the road and eating way too much fast food, I was looking forward to some sushi. Pittsburgh had a few options and I wanted to walk to the spot. I decided on going to Social House 7 and was happy to find that their storefronts were open to the sidewalk. Walk in the entrance and there are koi fish under the walkway. As usual, I decided to sit at the bar. Unfortunately, it took awhile to get service. Eventually, a much more attractive Theon from Game of Thrones came to assist me.
I decided on a Philadelphia Roll because when near Rome, the shark robata, wasabi BBQ and quinoa salad and a sake cocktail. I have had shark before but it was quite some time ago. It’s a bit tough but still tasty. I didn’t eat the quinoa salad. Unfortunately, the cocktail wasn’t anything write home about.
Full on a Saturday night, the nightlife in Pittsburgh was pretty decent. People were walking the streets having a good time. You could hear sports fans enjoying the baseball game. I found myself at Butcher and the Rye, a James Beard Aware nominated spot. They also had their storefront open on a nice night. It was two stories and it was busy. The best solo seat at the bar was against the wall in the corner. It was better than being squeezed between two men that obviously knew each other.
Not ready to head back to the hotel, I made my way to the pierogi bar. Many years ago, I had my first pierogi in Pennsylvania with some extended family. It was delicious. I even attempted to creating some on my own at home. It wasn’t as good. At the supermarket, you can find frozen pierogis as well. They can cure your craving temporarily. Stuff’d was a good choice. I was not the only one that thought so. It was pretty busy.
The staff was fun and had so much personality. The bartender was pretty proud of her apple concoction. Sitting at the bar and a supporter of women in the industry, I opted in for her sweet apple pie cocktail. I normally don’t do sweet but I thought I would try something different.
The pierogis were a bit much for someone that already had dinner. I didn’t expect them to be so big! I got six pierogis for with sour kraut and sour cream. I believe I asked for them fried but they came out boiled. I didn’t bother making a stink about it, I wasn’t going to finish them anyways. I got what I couldn’t finish in a to go box. It was perfect #OBBRoadTrip food.
When I asked my own network as to where to go in Pittsburgh, Primanti Brothers was the only spot that was mentioned more than once. Before I hit the road to Arlington, Virginia, I stopped at Primanti Brothers. I parked in a neighboring lot and walked in to find the the grill to the left next to the long counter. Tables and chairs went all the way to the back. The menu and advertising boards are on the back wall.
When asked the tall lad behind the counter as to what he recommends, I went with the Pitts Burger and it is insane. I wasn’t even hungry but I had to try this. It is a towered sandwich with two hamburger patties, french fries, tomato and cole slaw. It was also under $10! Burgers are at least $15 in the Bay Area. This has two patties and then some. I was amazed. I also took this on the road along with the pierogies. By the way, they are open 24 hours with multiple locations.
I recently watched The Food That Built America and Heinz‘ story was great. It is amazing when someone creates a product and it is in every single American household. I was geeking out to be on the grounds where history has been made. I drove thru the area and took some photos and took off to Arlington.
More to come from this #OBBRoadTrip. It has been a great experience.