Monday, May 9, 2011

Saturday at the Strip District, Pittsburgh

The Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA

I was staying in Little Italy which is only about 10 mins away from the Strip District. I got up bright and early to experience the Strip District on a Saturday morning. I was prepared for the traffic jam and parking situation but it turned out to be easy. While doing research for the Strip District it felt like a mixture of San Francisco's food truck scene and Los Angeles' Fashion District.

The Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA
The Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA

The sun was out for a calm November day, the streets were packed with people like sardines, enticing food smoke vapors from the vendors, colorful buildings, stands and even dogs were covered in black and yellow, the color of the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was my first visit to Pittsburgh and I cannot help but notice the city's pride for the Steelers. I saw it everywhere from bumper stickers, home flags, clothing, college campus, and the millions of retail shop selling football fan gear.

Steelers Pride, The Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA
Black and Yellow, black and yellow...

The Strip District has supermarkets specializing in seafood like Robert's Wholey, Asian markets, Mexican markets, Middle Eastern Markets and more; restaurants, coffee shops, bars, chocolate stores, and retail shops. Most definitely a must stop in Pittsburgh.

Lemonade Stand at The Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA
Lemonade Stand! Wish I had this as a kid!

Chinese food vendor at The Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA
Chinese Food Vendor

The Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA

I started by walking down one side of the block and passed all the famous places: Pamela G's, Primanti's and Deluca's had lines around the block. I avoided the lines and snacked at the vendors as I walked down the strip.

Gyro Meat, The Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA
Gyro Stand Outdoors

Taco Vendor at The Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA
Tacos at The Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA
I love how he toast the taco shells first

Lots of different ethnicities represented and enough baked goods to make the Tooth Fairy rich. The baked goods are prevalent all along the strip but my best tip - make a stop at Mon Aimee Chocolat shop where they have Capogiro gelato! The gelato is from Philadelphia and I don't know any other vendors outside of the city that carries Capogiro. Don't miss a chance to have a few scoops of the gelato when visiting the strip.

Deluca's, The Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA
Line was long throughout the day, next time.

Roasting Peanuts at The Strip District, Pittsburgh, PA
Roasting Peanuts Outdoors

Robert Wholey, Pittsburgh, PA

The energy is contagious, everyone - adults, seniors, teenagers and children were all giddy happy and enjoying the sights and eats on the strip.

Primanti Brother's, Pittsburgh, PA - corned beef sandwich
Pastrami Sandwich at Primanti's

I dined at the famous Primanti's, every sandwich is stuffed with fries and coleslaw. The fresh soft bread and thick slices of meat with the vinegary coleslaw made for a delicious yet simple meal. I can see why the sandwich is so poplar with lines around the block during lunch hour. I went during off-peak hours and was promptly served at the bar with a VIP view of the grill and a chance to chummy up with the server.

I can't wait to return to Pittsburgh!


foodhoe said...

holey moley that pastrami sandwich looks amazing! I love all in one sandwiches. That looks like a most excellent place to explore.

Lolia S said...

How fun! I imagine I'd get distracted by the whoopie pies and gyros!


Forager @ The Gourmet Forager said...

What an awesome area - loving the vintage lemonade stand and those tacos look delish!

Kung Food Panda said...

I really want to try Primanti's

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