Pennsylvania December 27, 2017
10 Undeniable Differences Between The Eastern And Western Parts of Pennsylvania
PA is one fabulous state, no matter where you live. East. West. Central. Southern, Northern, or in between. Pennsylvania’s got it all. But, of course, we’ve also got our regional differences.Take the east and the west. You’ll find some undeniable differences between the two parts of the state. Here are 10 of ’em.
1. Easterners go to Wawa; westerners choose Sheetz.
We all eat hoagies, right? Where we buy those hoagies, however, tends to differ depending on the side of the state on which we live. Eastern Pennsylvanians go to Wawa while Sheetz is the go to for Western Pennsylvanians.
2. One says soda; the other says pop.
Walk into a restaurant anywhere in the state and order a Pepsi or a Coke. What you call it will pretty much give away where in the state you are from. Those who grew up in the western side of the state typically say pop while the eastern side says soda.
3. East roots for the Eagles; west for the Steelers.
Who do you root for? Are you a diehard Steelers and Pens fan? Or, do you sport Eagles and Flyers jerseys? Of course, you'll find the odd Steelers fan or two in Eastern PA. But, for the most part, which side of the state you live on determines your sports allegiance.
4. Cheesesteak or a sandwich topped with fries and slaw?
Mmm...mmm...if you walk into a restaurant and ask for fries and coleslaw on top of your sandwich, you're probably from Western PA. And, we all know that cheesesteaks are a Philly staple.
5. Yous versus yinz.
Yep. We, Pennsylvanians, sure do have our own language. Virtual hands up. How many of you say "crick" instead of creek? Instead of saying y'all like some southerners, Pittsburghers (in the west) say "yinz" and those in Philly use yous.
6. Half of us eat whoopie pies; the other half eat gobs.
Who can resist a scrumptious chocolate cake? Not many of us in PA. We might all like the same chocolate treat, but Easterners call them whoopie pies and westerners refer to them as gobs.
7. Knoebels or Kennywood?
Summertime inevitably means day trips to our favorite amusement park. And, those of us who live in PA are spoiled with choices. Western Pennsylvanians tend to day trip to Kennywood Park while Knoebels is an old-fashioned favorite in the east.
8. Some of us drink Yuenglings; others drink Iron City.
Three cheers to PA! Which drink will you toast with? A Yuenglings? Or an Iron City Beer?
9. Easterners vacation in Jersey: westerners in Ohio.
Weekend getaways are easy no matter which side of the state you live on. Those on the eastern side have easy access to the beaches of South Jersey, for example. Those on the west side might pack up the car for a drive to Cleveland.
10. East makes Herr’s; west claims Heinz.
Pennsylvania makes the best foods and drinks. It's also the snack food capital of the U.S. We can thank all parts of PA for that title. But, the east and west are each known for their contributions. Herr's, for example, is an eastern creation while Heinz is made in Pittsburgh.
What are some other undeniable differences you see between Eastern and Western PA? Share in the comments! Then,
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