Photo by Kelsey Shea
Last year, Benjamin’s served its signature burger (above). This year the restaurant will be submitting a candied jalapeno bacon burger.
By Alyse Horn
Northside forecast for the week: cloudy with a chance of sandwiches.
Beginning today, the Northside Leadership Conference’s third annual Northside Sandwich Week kicks off with 15 local restaurants competing to be the Sandwich King (or Queen) of the Northside.
Last year, Modern Café’s Spicy Sicilian was voted best sandwich out of the 13 restaurants that participated. This year it is defending its title and serving up a Gyro Melt against the following eateries:
Atria’s Roasted Chicken Wrap
Monterey Pub Swinewich
Bistro to Go Courtyard Chicken Sandwich
El Burro Carnitas Rolled Taco
James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy Jamaican Me James Street
Penn Brewery Braised Shortrib Slider
Peppi’s Blazin’ Saddle
Max’s Allegheny Tavern Pulled Pork Bar-B-Que
Arde Arde Panino
Benjamin’s Candied Jalapeno Bacon Burger
Chateau Café & Cakery Iron City Beef
Mullen’s Ultimate Steel Steak
BZ’s Bar & Grill The Castro
SoHo Spicy BLT Wrap
The Sandwich Sampler event being held on Thursday, June 26 at the Priory Grand Hotel is sold out, but Pittsburgher’s can visit the restaurants during the week to taste and vote for their favorite sandwich.
This year’s celebrity judges for the Sandwich Sampler include Harold Betters a.k.a. Mr. Trombone, “The Gyro Queens” Irene Karavolos and Fanny Kostos, and former Pirates pitcher Grant Jackson.
The NSLC Sandwich Week recently won the Best New Program or Idea Promoting the Northside at the Northside Northshore Chamber of Commerce 2014 Business Awards Luncheon. To read more, click here.