Sandwiches and handhelds can be found on pretty much any menu. That said, it takes a real sandwich to stand out from the rest. Pittsburgh is full of delicious sandwich options and they just might be at your fingertips and you didn’t even know it. All of these spots deserve a standing ovation for their ability to craft something so simple into something so scrumptious. 

Duncan Street Sandwich Shop

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If you haven’t been to this Millvale gem, run don’t walk to grab yourself one (or two) of their fresh and delicious masterpieces, I mean sandwiches. Duncan’s menu is packed with homemade specialty items all made fresh in house. From salads, sandwiches, sides, desserts and even homemade sodas, anything you order will have you wanting more. One trip here and you’ll be hooked. 

Carson Street Deli & Craft Beer 

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Carson St. Deli is a Southside staple. Here is where you can order off their extensive menu or get creative and build your own. Take one look at this menu and you’ll realize you’ve stepped into a sandwich eutopia. Wash one of these freshly loaded sandwiches down with a craft beer and you’ll be satisfied for days. 

Pear & Pickle Cafe 

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Looking for the perfect breakfast? Pear & Pickle knows a thing or two about a good breakfast sandwich. This Troy Hill gem actually knows many things about all kinds of sandwiches. This spot is perfect to do work during the day or just sit back and enjoy a good book. Pear and Pickle is cozy and serves some of the freshest sammies Pittsburgh has to offer! 

Pgh Sandwich Society Food Truck

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This food truck is definitely a Steel city favorite. Find it cruising down the streets of the burgh while cooking up some of the most delicious bites ever offered on wheels. With the start of the art sandwiches and sides, this truck isn’t only people friendly but also offering some goodies for your pups! 

Peppi’s Old Tyme Sandwich Shop 

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This diner is an oldie but goodie and has been serving Pittsburgh there fresh subs and sandwiches for many years. Peppi’s knows the bread is the backbone to any good sandwich which is why they have always served theirs on a local favorite, Mancini’s bread. Peppi’s now has four locations meaning the convenience of getting one of these subs is a breeze! 

Bitter Ends Garden 

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Bitter Ends Garden is a tiny luncheonette with big flavor. This menu is fresher than fresh and goes fast. If you have a craving for one of their mouth-watering sandwiches, don’t wait because you might miss out. Don’t worry there is always more the next day. These sandwiches are the perfect way to start any day so grab a cup of copy, maybe a book and enjoy this cozy spot. 

DiAnoia’s Eatery 

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DiAnoia’s is a gift. Plain and simple. If you’re craving a good sandwich for lunch you must enjoy a panini off their deli menu. Each Panini loaded with absolute goodness and fresh ingredients will have you questioning which one to get. No matter what you can’t go wrong with one of these gems. 

Tootie’s Famous Italian Beef 

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Right off Carson St. tucked inside a small shop is where you can find Tootie’s Famous Italian Beef. Walk-in here and you’ll think you stepped into your grandmother’s kitchen on a Sunday night. Eat here and you will never be able to get enough. 

Gaucho Parrilla Argentina

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Gaucho has been a Pittsburgh favorite since the moment they opened their doors. Known for their juicy smoked meats, Gaucho offers drool-worthy sandwiches featuring, said juicy smoked meats! Not to fear, vegetarian and vegan options are also available. Order your sandwich Decon styled which will get you your sammie deconstructed with toast, sandwich bread or neither aka, waist-friendly!

Bird on the Run 

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This East Liberty fav is serving juicy chicken sandwiches that you can enjoy on Sundays and late-night every night of the week! Now cure your late-night cravings with some seriously good chicken. Pick your spice level, 0 being “not hot” to 4 being “hot af” and enjoy. Do you have what it takes to be hot af?

Steel City Subs 

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One of Smallman Galley’s newest concepts opened its counter with the passion for good eats, quality ingredients, and sustainability. This spot is perfect if you’re craving a hearty sub but also watching what you eat! 


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Get a little taste of Nashville with CHiKN ’s Hot Nashville Chicken Sandwich. This puppy is so delicious you’d think you were in the middle of the city of music itself. Pick your heat level and add cheese if you’d like. Rule up your sleeves and get ready for some big flavor. 

Primanti Brothers  

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Pittsburgh’s most iconic sandwich joint never disappoints. If you haven’t indulged in one of these famous french fry loaded sammies can you even say you’ve experienced Pittsburgh? 

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