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$109 sandwich kit...
« on: October 27, 2014, 08:07:17 AM »
http://www.wtae.com/news/ship-a-primanti-brothers-sandwich-anywhere-in-the-usa/29303828?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=wtae-tv%2Bpittsburgh#comments

I'm a Pittsburgh area native, and Primanti Brothers makes sandwiches that include cole slaw and fries...  Personally, I think they are very overrated, and this kit is disgusting on so many levels...  First is the obvious cost, terrible overuse of packaging, not to mention the kit includes at least day old fries...  Yeah, that's always good stuff.  I simply hate this kinda crap, and truly wonder who indulges in such bullshit???  But hey, it does include a T-shirt!  I guess the same folks who buy the $10 junk boxes! 

Oh yeah, what is in the kit...  WOW!!!  *4 slices* of cheese and meat, some shitty cole slaw, couple oz's of bag meat, hot house tomatoes, old fries, .99 cent loaf of bread...  Fucking madness!





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Re: $109 sandwich kit...
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2014, 12:54:41 PM »
What a crock of crap.  It's all going to be real tasty after it arrives via shipping.  Those fries will be terrible.

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Re: $109 sandwich kit...
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2014, 01:02:46 PM »
Also a Pittsburgh native.  Primanti's is one of those places you take out of towners to for novelty pursposes, but you never actually go there yourself.  Not liking the packaged fries and coal slaw.  Definitely not the price.  If I were to buy something mail order from Pittsburgh, it would be the Mancini's bread.  If only they could ship that to you hot and fresh.

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Re: $109 sandwich kit...
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2014, 01:22:09 PM »
109 dollars for what looks like a gas station lunchable? I don't even.

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Re: $109 sandwich kit...
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2014, 01:34:49 PM »
Whoa...you never mentioned the t-shirt that comes with it...now it is toooootally worth it ;)

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Re: $109 sandwich kit...
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2014, 01:52:45 PM »
how much does this cost if you buy it from the actual place direct?

Why would anybody buy this?  It looks disgusting.

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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2014, 01:55:38 PM »
how much does this cost if you buy it from the actual place direct?

Why would anybody buy this?  It looks disgusting.

I wanna say about $10. 

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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2014, 02:43:54 PM »
My buddy brings me there when I visit Pittsburgh and I have developed a small appreciation for their food.  My guess this is targeted towards those that love the novelty part of it and I could see this guy sending me one if I couldn't visit for a few years - many of the locals are quite proud of the place!

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« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2014, 03:16:31 PM »
I can't speak as to the quality, but there is a place in Ann Arbor, Michigan that has become an institution in its own right, Zingerman's. It started as a deli, but they have expanded into many more operations including their own mail-order catalogs, a few other restaurants, a bake shop, and more. Their prices are high, but the quality is absolutely amazing and they have the best customer service I have had (the owners teach a course at the U of M on customer service). I imagine that their sandwich kit would be this costly as well, have never ordered anything from their mail-order, but for someone that really appreciates their food, I can see them doing so. I would go there maybe once a year for a sandwich, they were really pricey but I thought they were worth it for an occasionally splurge.

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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2014, 06:27:34 PM »
I can't speak as to the quality, but there is a place in Ann Arbor, Michigan that has become an institution in its own right, Zingerman's. It started as a deli, but they have expanded into many more operations including their own mail-order catalogs, a few other restaurants, a bake shop, and more. Their prices are high, but the quality is absolutely amazing and they have the best customer service I have had (the owners teach a course at the U of M on customer service). I imagine that their sandwich kit would be this costly as well, have never ordered anything from their mail-order, but for someone that really appreciates their food, I can see them doing so. I would go there maybe once a year for a sandwich, they were really pricey but I thought they were worth it for an occasionally splurge.

DH received one of these mail-order gifts from a client at Xmas....We still use the box it came in for holding WII remotes and crud (great quality wood and neat oval design with burned carved name on top).  The food I honestly can't remember!

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Re: $109 sandwich kit...
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2014, 07:46:51 PM »
My buddy brings me there when I visit Pittsburgh and I have developed a small appreciation for their food.  My guess this is targeted towards those that love the novelty part of it and I could see this guy sending me one if I couldn't visit for a few years - many of the locals are quite proud of the place!

I enjoyed it when I went, but I was also the most hungover I've ever been in my life, so my judgement is a bit debatable.

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« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2014, 10:09:45 PM »
Yeah, it's an institution.  Along the same lines of those $10 bagels they fly to SF from NY.  There's acually a primanti copycat in SF too.

I'm no football fan, but there seem to be more steelers bars all over the US than any other team.  My theory is that so many Pittsburgh natives want to leave :-)

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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2014, 01:51:18 AM »
That's a remarkable amount to pay for a Lunchable.

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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2014, 03:22:29 AM »
Yeah, it's an institution.  Along the same lines of those $10 bagels they fly to SF from NY.  There's acually a primanti copycat in SF too.

I'm no football fan, but there seem to be more steelers bars all over the US than any other team.  My theory is that so many Pittsburgh natives want to leave :-)

Actually kind do the opposite - everyone wants to stay, but no jobs available.  Once the steel industry got outsourced to China due to unions and stricter environmental laws, the local economy went in the crapper.  Real estate is cheap, taxes are high, terrible job market.

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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2014, 06:45:36 AM »
Yeah, it's an institution.  Along the same lines of those $10 bagels they fly to SF from NY.  There's acually a primanti copycat in SF too.

I'm no football fan, but there seem to be more steelers bars all over the US than any other team.  My theory is that so many Pittsburgh natives want to leave :-)

Actually kind do the opposite - everyone wants to stay, but no jobs available.  Once the steel industry got outsourced to China due to unions and stricter environmental laws, the local economy went in the crapper.  Real estate is cheap, taxes are high, terrible job market.

True, but the weather makes up for all that!

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« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2014, 08:08:57 AM »
Yeah, it's an institution.  Along the same lines of those $10 bagels they fly to SF from NY.  There's acually a primanti copycat in SF too.

I'm no football fan, but there seem to be more steelers bars all over the US than any other team.  My theory is that so many Pittsburgh natives want to leave :-)

Actually kind do the opposite - everyone wants to stay, but no jobs available.  Once the steel industry got outsourced to China due to unions and stricter environmental laws, the local economy went in the crapper.  Real estate is cheap, taxes are high, terrible job market.

True, but the weather makes up for all that!


The weather actually is pretty good. Perfect balance of all 4 seasons if you like that kind of thing.  When I got out of college, I applied for so many jobs though, and nothing was hitting.  I applied for a job with Sony in Elizabethtown (near Pittsburgh) and got the job, but opted to move to VA instead due to the salary difference.  6 months later, the Sony plant shut down - a big relief that I didn't take that job.  I probably would have still had a lease on an apartment for a year and all that, which would have really sucked.

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« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2014, 02:08:18 PM »
I keep thinking the price in the original article is a typo. Because, really, who would pay that much for a sandwich?! And moreover, why would you offer to ship ANY sort of fresh food through the mail? The quality will never compare to actually eating it in the restaurant.

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« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2014, 04:18:20 PM »
Yeah, it's an institution.  Along the same lines of those $10 bagels they fly to SF from NY.  There's acually a primanti copycat in SF too.

Giordano Bros?  They have a 2nd location now, so it must be pretty popular outside of Pitt too.

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« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2014, 05:26:32 PM »
I keep thinking the price in the original article is a typo. Because, really, who would pay that much for a sandwich?! And moreover, why would you offer to ship ANY sort of fresh food through the mail? The quality will never compare to actually eating it in the restaurant.

Nope, it's true.  https://www.goldbely.com/primanti-bros

But hey, it makes 4 sandwiches and includes a T-shirt, so it's actually a bargain. 

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« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2014, 07:40:09 PM »
Yeah, it's an institution.  Along the same lines of those $10 bagels they fly to SF from NY.  There's acually a primanti copycat in SF too.

Giordano Bros?  They have a 2nd location now, so it must be pretty popular outside of Pitt too.

Yep that's the one... Only walked by but seemed cool

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« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2014, 02:07:44 PM »
Yeah, it's an institution.  Along the same lines of those $10 bagels they fly to SF from NY.  There's acually a primanti copycat in SF too.

I'm no football fan, but there seem to be more steelers bars all over the US than any other team.  My theory is that so many Pittsburgh natives want to leave :-)

Actually kind do the opposite - everyone wants to stay, but no jobs available.  Once the steel industry got outsourced to China due to unions and stricter environmental laws, the local economy went in the crapper.  Real estate is cheap, taxes are high, terrible job market.

True, but the weather makes up for all that!


The weather actually is pretty good. Perfect balance of all 4 seasons if you like that kind of thing.  When I got out of college, I applied for so many jobs though, and nothing was hitting.  I applied for a job with Sony in Elizabethtown (near Pittsburgh) and got the job, but opted to move to VA instead due to the salary difference.  6 months later, the Sony plant shut down - a big relief that I didn't take that job.  I probably would have still had a lease on an apartment for a year and all that, which would have really sucked.
Ha!  I seem to meet a lot of ex-Pittsburghers (and vicinity) around - especially here in So Cal. I  think people want to avoid the weather.  At least I did.

I thought that the economy was picking up?  I seem to have a lot of college friends who stayed in the area (I went to CMU. I have relatives in the area who went to Pitt).  They are all in computers/ programming.  I'm pretty sure I'd have a hard time finding a job in semiconductors.

It would be nice to be closer to family, but CA has turned me into a weather wimp.

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Re: $109 sandwich kit...
« Reply #21 on: October 29, 2014, 02:55:16 PM »
I keep thinking the price in the original article is a typo. Because, really, who would pay that much for a sandwich?! And moreover, why would you offer to ship ANY sort of fresh food through the mail? The quality will never compare to actually eating it in the restaurant.

Nope, it's true.  https://www.goldbely.com/primanti-bros

But hey, it makes 4 sandwiches and includes a T-shirt, so it's actually a bargain.

Eh, I still wouldn't consider it much of a bargain. If you truly can get one of those sandwiches for $10 in-house, then it'd be about $40 for four. Most custom t-shirts sold online are around $25. Even adding shipping to that, that wouldn't be $109.

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« Reply #22 on: October 29, 2014, 03:58:48 PM »
I keep thinking the price in the original article is a typo. Because, really, who would pay that much for a sandwich?! And moreover, why would you offer to ship ANY sort of fresh food through the mail? The quality will never compare to actually eating it in the restaurant.

Nope, it's true.  https://www.goldbely.com/primanti-bros

But hey, it makes 4 sandwiches and includes a T-shirt, so it's actually a bargain.

Eh, I still wouldn't consider it much of a bargain. If you truly can get one of those sandwiches for $10 in-house, then it'd be about $40 for four. Most custom t-shirts sold online are around $25. Even adding shipping to that, that wouldn't be $109.

(I wasn't being serious about it being a bargain)

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« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2014, 04:33:48 PM »
Yeah, it's an institution.  Along the same lines of those $10 bagels they fly to SF from NY.  There's acually a primanti copycat in SF too.

I'm no football fan, but there seem to be more steelers bars all over the US than any other team.  My theory is that so many Pittsburgh natives want to leave :-)

Actually kind do the opposite - everyone wants to stay, but no jobs available.  Once the steel industry got outsourced to China due to unions and stricter environmental laws, the local economy went in the crapper.  Real estate is cheap, taxes are high, terrible job market.

True, but the weather makes up for all that!


The weather actually is pretty good. Perfect balance of all 4 seasons if you like that kind of thing.  When I got out of college, I applied for so many jobs though, and nothing was hitting.  I applied for a job with Sony in Elizabethtown (near Pittsburgh) and got the job, but opted to move to VA instead due to the salary difference.  6 months later, the Sony plant shut down - a big relief that I didn't take that job.  I probably would have still had a lease on an apartment for a year and all that, which would have really sucked.
Ha!  I seem to meet a lot of ex-Pittsburghers (and vicinity) around - especially here in So Cal. I  think people want to avoid the weather.  At least I did.

I thought that the economy was picking up?  I seem to have a lot of college friends who stayed in the area (I went to CMU. I have relatives in the area who went to Pitt).  They are all in computers/ programming.  I'm pretty sure I'd have a hard time finding a job in semiconductors.

It would be nice to be closer to family, but CA has turned me into a weather wimp.

Compared to CA, yes, the weather is awful, but compared to most East coast locations, it isn't bad.  The humidity here in VA is pretty bad, and it gets worse the further south you go.  On the other side, you go North to Buffalo and the snow is unbearable.  Not sure if the economy picking up, but I know they had a lot of buildup the last 10 years or so.  The property values were so low that a lot of companies moved there for the cheap land.  And then there is the casino...

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« Reply #24 on: October 30, 2014, 08:46:42 AM »
how much does this cost if you buy it from the actual place direct?

Why would anybody buy this?  It looks disgusting.

Ironically, I was just in Pittsburgh for the first time last week.  Their highest-priced sandwich is about nine bucks, most of their sandwiches are about seven.  They're good, but not a hundred and ten bucks good. 

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« Reply #25 on: October 30, 2014, 12:28:41 PM »
Yeah, it's an institution.  Along the same lines of those $10 bagels they fly to SF from NY.  There's acually a primanti copycat in SF too.

I'm no football fan, but there seem to be more steelers bars all over the US than any other team.  My theory is that so many Pittsburgh natives want to leave :-)

Actually kind do the opposite - everyone wants to stay, but no jobs available.  Once the steel industry got outsourced to China due to unions and stricter environmental laws, the local economy went in the crapper.  Real estate is cheap, taxes are high, terrible job market.

True, but the weather makes up for all that!


The weather actually is pretty good. Perfect balance of all 4 seasons if you like that kind of thing.  When I got out of college, I applied for so many jobs though, and nothing was hitting.  I applied for a job with Sony in Elizabethtown (near Pittsburgh) and got the job, but opted to move to VA instead due to the salary difference.  6 months later, the Sony plant shut down - a big relief that I didn't take that job.  I probably would have still had a lease on an apartment for a year and all that, which would have really sucked.
Ha!  I seem to meet a lot of ex-Pittsburghers (and vicinity) around - especially here in So Cal. I  think people want to avoid the weather.  At least I did.

I thought that the economy was picking up?  I seem to have a lot of college friends who stayed in the area (I went to CMU. I have relatives in the area who went to Pitt).  They are all in computers/ programming.  I'm pretty sure I'd have a hard time finding a job in semiconductors.

It would be nice to be closer to family, but CA has turned me into a weather wimp.
I'm a lifelong Pittsburgher.  I wouldn't miss all the rainy/overcast days if I ever left, but for the most part, the weather suits me just fine.

Computer programming jobs are plentiful right now.  My husband and I are both programmers, and we've had to beat off the recruiters with sticks for the past year or so, and our employers have had a lot of competition in finding talented programers.  The owner of my company recently attended a local business event and says there was a lot of talk about how much technology is growing in the area.  It's also a pretty good area for the health care industry, and lots of people in the surrounding areas have made good money on Marcellus Shale over the past several years.

The industry where I see people struggle the most to get jobs is teaching.  Most school districts pay their teachers very well, so there's a lot of competition for teaching jobs.  Anyone with a fresh teaching degree either needs to take a job out of town for a few years or make friends with a school board member to get a job.

I've heard older folks complaining about the disappearance of steel mill jobs all my life, but I think most of the people who were directly affected by the disappearance of the steel industry are gone now.  All that's left is a general longing for more jobs where a person of limited mental abilities and with little education could work hard and eventually make a good living.  Personally, I've seen pictures of the city from the days when the skies were filled with smoke, and I can't fathom wanting the steel mills to return.

I like Primanti's sandwiches, and I do find myself craving them a few times a year.  But, my cravings have never been bad enough to pay over $100 for four sandwiches that I'd still have to make myself.  I'd rather attempt my own approximation of the recipe.  I'm not sure how to make the style cole slaw they use, but I bet I could figure it out.

Ironically, since I dropped cable a few years ago, Primanti's has become one of my favorite frugal options for watching a hockey game.  They have dollar pizza by the slice and dollar drafts on game nights, which usually means paying about $10 for my husband and I to watch two periods of hockey and eat some dinner during the play-offs.

A few years ago, Eat 'n Park, another Pittsburgh chain, started shipping their smiley cookies all over the place.  Smiley cookies aren't great, but they have a high nostalgia factor if you grew up in the area and used to get them for free after your meal as a kid.  When a friend of mine moved out of town, I was tempted to send her a dozen.  Then I saw the prices and couldn't bring myself to do it.  I forget what the price was at the time, but it'd be $23 to send a dozen today.

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Re: $109 sandwich kit...
« Reply #26 on: October 31, 2014, 10:44:28 AM »
I keep thinking the price in the original article is a typo. Because, really, who would pay that much for a sandwich?! And moreover, why would you offer to ship ANY sort of fresh food through the mail? The quality will never compare to actually eating it in the restaurant.

Nope, it's true.  https://www.goldbely.com/primanti-bros

But hey, it makes 4 sandwiches and includes a T-shirt, so it's actually a bargain.

Eh, I still wouldn't consider it much of a bargain. If you truly can get one of those sandwiches for $10 in-house, then it'd be about $40 for four. Most custom t-shirts sold online are around $25. Even adding shipping to that, that wouldn't be $109.

(I wasn't being serious about it being a bargain)

Ha! Sorry. Sarcasm often gets lost through text.

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Re: $109 sandwich kit...
« Reply #27 on: November 24, 2014, 03:00:21 PM »
If someone can't succeed in putting together a sandwich from separate components they bought at the store, how are they gonna de-bag and assemble this one?

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« Reply #28 on: November 24, 2014, 04:40:05 PM »
If someone can't succeed in putting together a sandwich from separate components they bought at the store, how are they gonna de-bag and assemble this one?

That's what the maid is for