There are plenty of guides that are going to tell you to beeline straight for Primanti Brothers to get a sandwich with coleslaw and french fries on it. It’s a piece of the city’s history and worthwhile for that alone. But that’s not where we’re going to send you - when we want a sandwich, we go to Duncan St. Sandwich Shop. Served on homemade focaccia and solidly the size of a brick, options include the Everything Seasoned Pork (our go-to), Rosemary/Brown Sugar/Black Pepper Turkey, and Roasted Mushroom (vegan). While you’re there, be sure to try the homemade sodas, peanut carrots, and daily homemade Rice Krispies treats.
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