I am always looking for a good fish sandwich in town, take a look back at some previous posts for my favorites (I will also repost my favorites in the burgh as it gets closer to lent). Seafood is one of my favorite foods to eat overall and a big reason I go to the beach for vacation. So when I was in downtown today my Aunt recommended us stopping for lunch at Benkovitz in the strip. Benkovitz is a hybrid of restaurant and fish market. They offer fresh and frozen seafood that can be bought inside, and I think closer to Christmas I will make a trip down to try some of the fresh products. The restaurant portion of Benkovitz isn’t all that big and the majority of the places to eat are countertops to stand at.
The Original Fried Fish Sandwich- The fish was good on the sandwich, but for $7 I don’t think the size of the sandwich was worth the money. It was average size and had 2 average pieces of fish on it. I repeated the word average because really that is the word that best describes the fish sandwich. They have a cajun version on the menu and would like to give that a try another day.
Shrimp Bisque- It is very rare I think to find a good seafood style bisque in Pittsburgh. When I open a restaurant some day I will either make the bisque right or not serve an immitation on the menu. Many Pittsburgh restaurants should use the same advice, even Benkovitz. The bisque was very liquidy when it should be a thick consistency. It had a good amount of baby shrimp in it, but the flavor was missing. I will not try the bisque again.
Hush Puppies- There is a place by my house called Hook fish & chicken, they offer the same exact hush puppies but the difference between Benkovitz & Hook is that Hook’s offers a house seasoning on top of the hush puppies. I prefer Hook’s.
If you couldn’t tell by now, I thought of Benkovitz as just average nothing special really about them. I have had a lot better fish sandwiches around the area. If you are ever by a Hook Fish & Chicken, check them out. The prices are very reasonable and you get alot of food for the price you pay. http://hook-fish.com/
2300 Smallman St
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The first time I went to Fat Head’s was about a month or so before I started this site and while I don’t remember the exact burger I had (because they have so many), I knew I wanted to go back. So when my buddy Vic asked the other day if I wanted to go back I had to jump on the opportunity.
Southside Slopes Headwich- The menu states that this "headwich" was voted the #5 best sandwich in the country by Maxim Magazine. I like the term "headwich" because the size of the food is pretty damn massive. The bun is very fresh, and I am guessing that they are made at fat heads or made special just for them. On the headwich you get kielbasa topped with fried pierogies, American cheese, grilled onions, and horsey sauce. It them comes with a side of homemade chips. The chips have a great crunch and taste to them, and if you have read any previous blogs you know I have to try any place that puts homemade chips on the menu. As for this headwich I don’t know if I would say its the #5 best in the country, I believe I have had some other great sandwiches, but it is a very creative & tasty sandwich. The kielbasa has a great smokey flavor to it and the pierogies are pretty perfect on top with the cheese and onions. I didn’t really care for the horsey sauce because it didn’t add anything to the sandwich. I like horsey sauce and it is a reason I picked this sandwich, but it didn’t pack any real flavor or heat, so it was a bit of a let down. I can only imagine what this headwich would be like replacing the kielbasa with a burger or a steak sandwich, knowing the size of this menu it might already be on there.
Chicken Parm Soup- This is something I got on my first trip and was so memorable I had to get it again. One soup I don’t like is french onion, but love the presentation of the melted cheese on top. Well that is the main presentation theme with the chicken parm soup as well and inside is just a flavor explosion! The base of the soup is tomato/marinara style with chunks of chicken throughout. If you want a hearty soup this is it. I wish fat heads was closer to my work because this could be an easy lunch every day.
Fat Head’s is a great place to go for lunch or dinner and with so many choices on their menu I’m sure you could do both meals everyday for a few months and not repeat a thing. Make sure you check out the menu on the site below. I have really only gone for lunch so I can’t recommend anything from the bar, but it looks like a lot of beer is on the menu so you could find a nice compatible beverage for your headwich.
1805 E Carson St
Pittsburgh, PA 15203