When it comes to traditions, Pittsburgh has plenty. You know them, right? Saturday morning in the Strip, sports fandom and steel mills. Look at little closer and you’ll see that each of those traditions center around one thing FOOD!
With heavy influence from it’s melting pot population, Pittsburgh’s food culture is as diverse as it’s neighborhoods. In time, meals served to satisfy a steel workers appetite took root in the city, while other foods thought up here gained national acclaim.
So whether they’re local favorites or known the world over, these are foods that Pittsburgh made famous.
The Pittsburgh Salad
French fries, Pittsburgh’s favorite crouton.
The man behind this burger (Jim Delligatti) is a Burgher. He made the first ‘Mac here in 1967.
All 57 varieties are made in PGH.
Burnt Almond Torte
Get a slice of the world’s best cake at Prantl’s.
Pittsburgh is home to a pierogi race, truck, fest, night and St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church that whips up the Burgh’s best pierogies in the basement.
The sammich made for a steel worker sized appetite, complete with fries and slaw – now shipped nation wide.
Vanilla ice cream squares coated with chocolate were imagined and invented by Isaly’s, a company regarded as a Pittsburgh original.
Chipped Chopped Ham
Of course no Isaly’s reference is complete without mention of a yinzer favorite, chipped chopped ham used in place of ground beef on barbecue sandwiches.
Eat’N Park is the place for smiles. It’s also the place for the smiley sugar cookie that embodies their motto.
The deep fried appetizer that’s a staple of Steel City restaurants served with a side of marinara for dipping.
Iron City Beer
The native brew that locals know as Arn City.
A speciality chocolate company made in the Canonsburg suburb of the city.
Open 24/7 they produce 10,000 loafs of the best bread in the world every day!
The Cookie Table
The wedding tradition with one shared goal: determine how many homemade cookies it takes to snap a banquet table in half.
This up and coming Pittsburgh favorite delights patrons who wait a seemingly endless line for traditional (movie) and totally crazy (spicy bacon cheddar) flavors.
In 1886 Irish immigrant David L. Clark formulated the chocolate covered peanut butter bar in the Burgh.