Sunday, February 27, 2011

Would you like fries with that?

In honor of the Academy Awards this evening, and the hundreds of Starlets who have probably deprived themselves of anything fried for a long, long time- I decided to blog about food.  A Pittsburgh specialty to be exact...french fries in salads and on sandwiches. Yum!

Yesterday Van and I picked up lunch from Spak Brothers Pizza and More.  This little joint is very close to our house, and we had heard good things about it- so decided to try for ourselves.  Specifically Spak Brothers is a local eatery that focuses on organic and local food with several vegan options.  There isn't really too much room inside, so most people order their food to go.

Van ordered the Pittsburgh steak hoagie and I ordered the grilled chicken salad.  Van's sandwich was chock full of: steak, fries, hot peppers, mushroom, green pepper, grilled onion, egg, provolone, lettuce, tomato, mayo.
Mouth-watering, no?!

My "sensible" grilled chicken salad with raspberry vinaigrette on the side did not end up being very healthy...ha.  My salad was HUGE!

It was SO big, that I literally could only eat a third- and yes those are french fries on a SALAD! Haha, I loved it- so delicious.  My salad had: grilled chicken, fries, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion.
Here was my attempt at a sensible portion.
Anyways, our lunch was super delicious- albeit not very healthy.  Apparently fries on salads and sandwiches is a delicious Pittsburgh tradition.  Glad I learned this one.
Eat your heart out.


  1. Hahahaha...speaking of the Oscars, did you hear Scarlett Johansson talking on the Red terms of what was her best advice about what newbies to the Academy Award honorees should think about...she said they should think about food. She said she had salmon before she got there, but alot of the actresses bring snacks in their purses, because you have to keep your blood sugar up. Back to your salad with fries; now that's a phenomenon I hadn't heard of til now and it sounds surprisingly tasty. But, low fat???? I don't think so. Remember...don't do the red carpet without a snack!

  2. Hey hey, I didn't hear Scarjo say that- but I can imagine. I know that the "popular" vote was that people didn't like her dress or hair at the Oscars- but I thought she looked fine. My salad was delicious- definitely a Pittsburgh tradition. And yes, I will keep that in mind- no red carpet with snacks!! <3

  3. Great post Cuz!

    I heard they were big on fries in their sandwiches there, but in salads too? WOW! Thanks for opening up my eyes to this very interesting phenomenon!

  4. Hey Melissa,
    I know- crazy, right?! Basically any food with the word "Pittsburgh" in front of it has fries in it I've learned. :)