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Thursday Regional Sandwich (July)

Sandwich: Primanti Bros. Sandwich
Region: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Story: In 1933 Joe Primanti opened the first Primantis in the Strip District - a major industrial center in Pittsburgh, filled with factories, warehouses, and shipyards. His brothers Dick and Stanley joined him shortly after opening. The restaurant primarily served the late-night and early-morning blue-collar workers who unloaded produce in the area.

The tradition of the signature sandwiches was to combine their typical sandwich (grilled meat, melted cheese, and tomatoes on Italian bread) with its usual sides (french fries and coleslaw) to form a singular binding unit. The sandwich's design and packaging was created to reduce spillage for busy depression-era truck drivers in Pittsburgh's Strip District, allowing them to eat one-handed on the job instead of sitting down at a deli counter. According to Joe's nephew John DiPriter: "One winter someone drove up with a load of potatoes. He brought them over to the restaurant to see if they were frozen. I fried the potatoes on our grill and they looked pretty good. A few customers asked for them - so I tossed them on the sandwich." The sandwich was an instant hit.

Now, it has become tradition for Pittsburgh Steelers draft picks to stop by the original location in the Strip District to enjoy the signature sandwich. The sandwich has been featured in the National Geographic magazine and Man vs. Food to name a few.

BP Spin: We start with a healthy portion of extra thin sliced Boar’s Head Turkey Pastrami and then warmed up on the flat top layered with a slice of Boar’s Head provolone cheese. Next, we pile on a layer of Bitter Pops Chipperbec® fries followed by some house-made vinegar based coleslaw and two slices of juicy heirloom tomatoes. All this goodness is then placed between two slices of Turano rustic farmhouse bread. This is a sandwich that just craves to be washed down with an ice cold Courage Lager or a refreshing Bitter Pops Ranch Water!

Yinz don’t wanna miss out on this one!

Cheers!