Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe in the North Side is an old school establishment that serves up classics like burgers, deli sandwiches, and Pittsburgh salads (salads topped with French fries).
Located on Western Avenue in the historic Allegheny West neighborhood, this spot is great for a wallet-friendly quick bite to eat for a weekday breakfast or lunch.
We recently did just that and picked up a few sandwiches and soup to go. While simple deli-style sandwiches like chicken salad, BLT, capicola, and corned beef are available, we wanted to try something a little more unique.
Reubens and Other Classics at Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe
Jeremy always goes for a Reuben sandwich when it's on the menu, and this time was no exception. The Reuben here, called the Three Rivers Reuben, was loaded with corned beef, turkey, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, and Swiss cheese.
Although there was nothing outright wrong with this sandwich, it just didn't really hit the mark for us. It was a little dry and could have used more dressing. We also like Reubens that have more buttery and grilled bread than this one had.
I ordered another hot sandwich that sounded promising, the “Our House Specialty” roast beef sandwich. This one was supposed to come with carved roast beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and horseradish sauce, along with fries and slaw on the side.
Unfortunately, the only thing that was on the sandwich was the meat and cheese- none of the other toppings on the menu were present at all. The whole thing was dry and somewhat flavorless without the toppings (although the dipping jus helped out a fair bit).
We're still not sure what happened for it to not include, well, almost everything, which makes this sandwich a bit hard to talk about otherwise.
House Made Soup is a Must Try
We also had some fries on the side which were just fine and a cup of cream of broccoli soup. The soup had just the right amount of creaminess with lots of large, crisp-tender hunks of broccoli- it was definitely the best thing we tried here.
While we wouldn't go out of our way to eat here again for lunch (we will try out breakfast next), we appreciate that the restaurant has been around for nearly forty years and the purpose that it serves in the neighborhood- a casual joint for a quick homemade breakfast or lunch that won't break the bank.
Allegheny Sandwich Shoppe is located at 822 Western Avenue in the North Side and is open for breakfast and lunch Monday to Saturday.