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 ­

Pittsburgh Salad
French fries, Pittsburgh’s favorite crouton.

Big Mac ­

Big Mac Pittsburgh
The man behind this burger (Jim Delligatti) is a Burgher. He made the first ‘Mac here in 1967.

Heinz Ketchup ­  

Heinz ketchup Pittsburgh
All 57 varieties are made in PGH.

Burnt Almond Torte ­

burnt almond torte pittsburgh
Get a slice of the world’s best cake at Prantl’s.

Pierogies ­

Pierogies Pittsburgh
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.

Primanti’s ­

Primantis Pittsburgh
The sammich made for a steel worker sized appetite, complete with fries and slaw – now shipped nation wide.

Klondike Bar ­

Klondike Bar Pittsburgh
Vanilla ice cream squares coated with chocolate were imagined and invented by Isaly’s, a company regarded as a Pittsburgh original.

Chipped Chopped Ham ­

chipped chopped ham Pittsburgh
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.

Smiley Cookies ­

Eat n Park Cookies Pittsburgh
Eat’N Park is the place for smiles. It’s also the place for the smiley sugar cookie that embodies their motto.

Fried Zucchini ­

Fried Zucchinis Pittsburgh
The deep ­fried appetizer that’s a staple of Steel City restaurants ­ served with a side of marinara for dipping.

Iron City Beer ­

Iron City Beer Pittsburgh
The native brew that locals know as Arn City.

Sarris Candies ­

Sarris Candies Pittsburgh
A speciality chocolate company made in the Canonsburg suburb of the city.

Mancini’s Bread ­

Mancini Bread Pittsburgh
Open 24/7 they produce 10,000 loafs of the best bread in the world every day!

The Cookie Table ­

cookie table Pittsburgh
The wedding tradition with one shared goal: determine how many homemade cookies it takes to snap a banquet table in half.

Pittsburgh Popcorn ­

Pittsburgh popcorn company
This up and coming Pittsburgh favorite delights patrons who wait a seemingly endless line for traditional (movie) and totally crazy (spicy bacon cheddar) flavors.

Clark Bar ­

clark bar Pittsburgh
In 1886 Irish immigrant David L. Clark formulated the chocolate covered peanut butter bar in the Burgh.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
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