Sandwiches are among the most versatile food because nearly every kind of bread, meats, and vegetables as well as sauces can be used with them. The sandwich-centric Primanti Brothers chain capitalizes on such versatility as well as the popularity of sandwiches among Americans.
The chain’s sandwiches, however, aren’t your typical slap-them-between-sliced-bread sandwiches found in inferior shops. These are actually award-winning sandwiches with recognitions from the likes of the James Beard Foundation (2007 America’s Classic). The Primanti Brothers prices, which are on the fairly upscale side, are justified because the sandwiches are, indeed, as delicious as they come.
Below are the latest Primanti Bros. menu prices.
Almost Famous Sandwiches
|Deluxe Double Egg And Cheese||$6.29|
|Jumbo Baloney And Cheese||$6.69|
|Pitts-Burger And Cheese||$7.69|
|Italian Sausage And Cheese||$7.39|
|Kielbasa And Cheese||$7.49|
|Bacon And Cheese||$7.79|
|Capicola And Cheese||$7.59|
|Genoa Salami And Cheese||$7.39|
|Ham And Cheese||$7.29|
|Turkey Breast And Cheese||$7.49|
|Roast Beef And Cheese||$7.59|
|Pastrami And Cheese||$7.59|
|Corned Beef And Cheese||$7.59|
|Colossal Fish And Cheese||$9.39|
|Sirloin Steak And Cheese||$8.69|
|Southwest Black Bean Burger||$9.49|
|Double Roast And Cheddar||$10.49|
|Joe, Dick & Stanley||$9.39|
|When Pigs Fly||$9.49|
Hand-Cut Fries & Tots
|Fresh-Cut Primanti Fries||$2.99|
|Chili Cheese Fries||$3.69|
|Smallman Street Fries||$4.89|
Appetizers & Sides
|Breaded Mozzarella Wedges||$6.29|
|Hot Chili Bowl||$3.79|
|Side Of Coleslaw||$1.49|
Wings & Tenders
|5 Piece Bone-In Wings||$6.29|
|10 Piece Bone-In Wings||$9.99|
|15 Piece Bone-In Wings||$14.59|
|20 Piece Bone-In Wings||$19.29|
|5 Piece Boneless Wings||$5.69|
|10 Piece Boneless Wings||$9.29|
|15 Piece Boneless Wings||$11.69|
|20 Piece Boneless Wings||$15.29|
|3 Piece Chicken Tenders & Fries||$4.99|
|6 Piece Chicken Tenders & Fries||$9.29|
|Primanti Chef Salad||$7.49|
|Grilled Chicken Salad||$8.29|
|Sirloin Steak Salad||$8.59|
|Garden Patch Salad||$5.99|
|Raspberry Iced Tea||$2.79|
|Bottle Of Water||$2.10|
|16Oz Diet Coke||$2.79|
|16Oz Coke Zero||$2.79|
|16Oz Iced Tea||$2.79|
The original sandwich shop opened in 1933 in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. John Primanti opened it based on his original sandwich creation, which he developed during the Great Depression. Dick and Stanley Primanti, his brothers, joined Joe soon after and the trio opened their first diner in the Strip District, too, with their customers being the graveyard and early morning shift workers at the nearby produce yards and warehouses.
In 1975 after the deaths of Stanley and John, Dick sold the chain to Kim Patrinos. Currently, the chain consists of 16 locations in Pittsburgh as well as several locations in South Florida, Maryland, and Indiana, among other states.
What They’re Famous For
Primanti Brothers is well-known in the eastern United States for its signature sandwiches made of premium grilled meat, melted cheese, and tomato slices as well as two unique ingredients – first, an oil-and-vinegar-flavored coleslaw and French fries. These fillings are placed between two thick slices of authentic Italian bread.
Such is the excellent quality of these sandwiches that the restaurant has been and continues to be featured in prestigious publications and television shows. These include Man v. Food, National Geographic, and the Daily Show where Jon Stewart recommended Primanti Brothers sandwiches as “great sandwiches” to then-Senator Barack Obama.
Why Eat Here
Of course, the proof of the pudding is always in the eating and the Primanti Brothers’ sandwiches aren’t an exception. You have to try the sandwiches for yourself and be amazed that, indeed, these exist to satisfy the cravings of people like yourself! You will agree, too, that the sandwiches are both familiar and unfamiliar, yet these are nearly addictive.
What makes them familiar? The sandwiches have the usual fillings found in most sandwiches – grilled meats, slices of fresh vegetables like tomatoes, and melted cheese placed between sliced bread.
What makes them unique? These have fillings that are otherwise considered as sides in most sandwich shops – first, coleslaw with a base of oil and vinegar; and second, French fries. Basically, you don’t have to order side dishes since every bite of a Primanti sandwich already has these delectable items. You can also ask for fried egg with your sandwich, if you want.
The sandwiches can also be customized, mainly by choosing your meat of choice. The protein selections include chicken, pork and beef, usually grilled, so there’s always something that will satisfy your meat-loving self. The sandwich shop may not be as vegetarian-friendly as others of its kind but customers can also request for vegetarian choices.
While every Primanti Brothers location is a great place to enjoy lunch, snacks and dinner, it’s also an excellent place to grab a filling and flavorful bite after a night of drinking. The sandwiches have the nearly magical quality of banishing away the vestiges of alcohol as well as letting a potential hangover slide away while you’re in the shop.
Most of the Primanti Brothers shops are open 24 hours a day on most days of the year. While all of them offer great sandwiches, the original Pittsburgh location is undoubtedly the best one for these iconic American foods.
The menu isn’t just about the sandwiches. There are salads, subs and sides, too, as well as alcoholic drinks with beer being the most popular. Beer is obviously the best pairing with the sandwiches, especially among adults, but non-alcoholic drinks are also available.
The interiors are bright, airy and welcoming, a surprising thing in a sandwich shop. There’s a certain sense of being welcomed into a community when you enter a Primanti Brothers shop, and it isn’t surprising as it is part of the landscape – an institution, if you will – in Pittsburgh; we’re obviously talking about the Strip District location. Then again, we can say with confidence that every Primanti Brothers shop eventually becomes an important part of the culinary landscape.
Most important, the staff members are courteous and competent in their job. Many customers may have a harder time making their choices for their personalized sandwiches but they are patient enough to wait. They even explain the possible flavors that certain combinations can give.
The facilities and amenities are always well-maintained, a convenience that families appreciate in any restaurant. There are also parking areas in most of the restaurants, as well as a sufficient number of seating options for couples, small and large groups, and for singles who just want a grab-and-go sandwich.
To learn more about Primanti Bros. or to find a location near you, visit their website at www.primantibros.com.