Pittsburghers know good food, right? Sure, everyone has different preferences but most Pittsburghers will likely agree that some foods and drinks just rank among the top in the city. See if you agree that the following are among the 11 best Pittsburgh foods and drinks:
Pierogies certainly top the list of Pittsburgh's favorite foods. After all, how many other cities hold an annual Pierogi Fest? How many have pierogi trucks that travel around the city, so yinzers can instantly satisfy their pierogi craving? Of course, who can forget the regular pierogi races in between innings of Pirates games at PNC Park?
2. Chipped Ham
Once upon a time, Isaly's was the place to go for chipped ham or chipped chopped ham, depending on what you call it. Add some ingredients to that chipped chopped ham – such as ketchup, chili sauce, and dry mustard – to create Pittsburgh's famous BBQ chipped ham sandwich. (Ingredients, of course, for the BBQ chipped ham vary widely depending on personal preference and family tradition.)
3. Primanti Brothers Sandwich
The Primanti Brothers sandwich – topped with a generous portion of your choice of meat, fries, and coleslaw – is perhaps the most famous in Pittsburgh. Admittedly, Primanti Brothers does have its detractors but overall Pittsburghers tend to love their unique sandwiches.
Mix cabbage with fried noodles; add some culinary magic, and what do you have? One of Pittsburgh's most popular foods: Haluski, a Polish and Slovak dish that is often served alongside pierogies.
Raise your hand if you love Pickles! Yinzers love pickles. So much so, in fact, that the city holds an annual festival dedicated to – you guessed it – the pickle!
will take place on the Rachel Carson Bridge on July 15 and 16.
Pizza might not originate in the Burgh but Pittsburghers are pretty passionate about pizza – and will argue over who serves the best pizza in the city.
7. Heinz Ketchup/Mustard
What can you say? Heinz ketchup and mustard are two Pittsburgh traditions and many Pittsburghers love one or the other and sometimes both.
8. Smiley Cookie
Ready for that little ditty to take up permanent residence in your brain? “Eat 'N Park's the place for smiles” and for the famous smiley cookie that all kids get free with their meals. Many of us adults also love the smiley cookie and Eat 'N Park's jingle.
9. Ice cream from Page Dairy Mart
Page Dairy Mart, with its extensive menu, satisfies those ice cream cravings and has Pittsburghers going back to the South Side ice cream shop for more. Go straight for the ice cream or start with a fresh burger, hot dog, and fries.
Pittsburghers love drinking their beer whether it's while relaxing on the porch and chatting with friends on a summer evening, tailgating before a sporting event, or celebrating a special event. Which beer has proven Pittsburgh's best and most favorite? Well, that really depends upon to whom you talk. Penn Pilsner? Iron City Beer?
Who remembers going to Hills and begging their parents for a slushie and a pretzel or popcorn after shopping? And, of course, who can forget the resulting brain freeze from drinking that slushie too fast? Cherry, blue raspberry, coke, or another flavor – which is your favorite kind of slushie?