With the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals potentially ending tonight, it seems like the right time to share our night during the “Midwest Winter” trip when we got to see a team that isn’t there this year but has been each of the last two years. NHL games are sneaky expensive. I expect it from NFL games since they only have 8 home games a year, but NHL teams have 41, so you’d think it would be less pricey. However, they do have less seating, and with the Penguins being the two-time defending Stanley Cup champs with arguably the best player in the league playing for them, I suppose I shouldn’t have been too surprised by the fact that they have a loyal following that drive up the prices. We’d been told at the Steelers game the night before that Penguins games were even better than Steelers games. We were dubious after all the fun we’d had at Heinz, but we remained open to being surprised by PPG Paints Arena!
All weekend, all we heard was that we absolutely couldn’t leave town without trying Primanti Brothers. This small chain was founded in the Strip District in Pittsburgh and made their name on big sandwiches with a variety of fillings offered. One constant, though, is that they put fries on the sandwich (and on the side, for that matter). We’d seen one near University of Pittsburgh’s arena and another in each of the three professional stadiums we saw, but we decided to go for the original Strip District storefront before the game.
I went with the double egg and cheese and originally asked for it without the slaw (I’m not a big slaw fan), but the cook working insisted that the slaw made the sandwich, so I wavered. I wish I hadn’t, because I did in fact not like the slaw (or the bread, for that matter), so I was left underwhelmed. Joel was in the same boat. You can’t really argue their success, but my verdict would be overrated.
Earlier in the day we went to another highly touted spot, which I enjoyed a lot more. It’s called Bigham Tavern, and it’s located in an unassuming spot atop Mt. Washington. We had considered riding up the Duquesne Incline and walking to the tavern, but opted to drive instead, which was the better option for us this day. Joel got their famous wings while I opted for the BLT, both of which left us satisfied.
Just a couple of sports fans touring the world, one stadium at a time.