Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pittsburgh, Primanti Bros. and Incline

We went through Pittsburgh (did you know that the 'h' at the end of the name was outlawed for a couple years until the citizens demanded it be restored?) on our way to a wedding.

The first place we ate?  Primanti Bros. I think they got onto the Food Network a couple of years ago and became even more famous, but we learned about them in the 90's from a friend who was in grad school.  The thing you must eat is a sandwich.  They put the fries and the coleslaw into the sandwich rather than on the side.  I don't love fries, and these are only okay, but for me it is the slaw that is delightful.  When I returned to California I ate at The Counter and had them put the slaw on the burger.  It was very good, but still not as good as Primanti Bros.

With a couple hours before our flight home, we visited the Duquesne incline in downtown Pittsburgh.  The inclines are still a part of the public transportation system-you can even bring your bike

Starting at the bottom

Views of the three rivers on the way up from the sides

and the top of the incline as we come out of the tunnel.  Yes, it is as steep as it looks!

The panoramic set of photos from the observation deck.

The cars are originals, though the cable has been changed.  Did I mention it was steep?

 The cars pass each other in the exact middle.

Other great things to do in Pittsburgh are Kennywood, the local amusement park with a nice mix of old and new, the Carneige Science museum,  which is across the river from the Duquesne incline, an

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