Photo by Ken Pollard, Jr.
If you’ve ever left Pittsburgh for college, a business trip or a vacation, chances are you’ve craved at least one of these foods while you were gone. From Sarris chocolates to Potato Patch fries and everything in between, here are seven foods you get nostalgic for when you’re not in the ‘burgh.
Leave town and you’ll instantly crave the chocolate covered pretzels, ice cream sundaes from the Canonsburg shop and other delectables molded into a creamy dark or milk chocolate.
The ubiquitous food served at local eateries and in local kitchens all around the city can be made in so many different ways. Not to mention, we all know the real reason Pittsburghers go to Pirate games—the Pierogi Race.
Isaly’s chipped chopped ham sandwiches are a Pittsburgh institution. Visit a deli outside the ‘burgh and ask for chipped ham and chances are, it won’t be the same.
There’s nothing worse than visiting a restaurant and seeing they have Hunt’s or another brand that isn’t Heinz. There’s just something about the iconic Pittsburgh ketchup that tastes like home.
Mancini’s French bread seems to go with anything—sandwiches, as something to dip in while you have Italian food. Either way, the Pittsburgh bakery has been around since 1926. Mancini’s bakes over 10,000 loaves per day with a team of 48 Pittsburghers. Did we also mention their incredible pepperoni rolls?
6. Fried fish sandwich
Lenten Fridays are chock full of these Pittsburgh delicacies. All year ’round, many area restaurants also serve fish sandwiches or feature them as specials on Fridays.
Pittsburgh salads—the kind that fries are served on top of—are one of the many quirky things that make the city’s cuisine as awesome as it is. There’s also Kennywood’s Potato Patch fries, what many in the city will describe to non-Pittsburghers as the best cheese fries in the world.