I recently had the chance to try out the famed Primanti Brothers reuben sandwich and can now better understand why pilots at Boeing flew over 2,000 miles from Seattle to Pittsburgh…for lunch.
Boeing Test Pilots Fly 747-8 From Seattle To Pittsburgh For A Reuben Sandwich
The pilot component of this story dates back to 2011. During the test days of the Boeing 747-8, the latest and final variant of the Queen of the Skies, Boeing pilots would take the aircraft on day trips around the country in order to test it.
Rather humorously, the destination of the test flight was determined based upon what the pilots felt like for lunch. There were trips to Maine for lobster rolls and to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan for pasties (pasties were the “original fast food” of copper miners and lumberjacks. Originating in Cornwall, England, pasties are puff pastries filled with leftover beef, potato, onion and rutabaga, fold in half, and sealed in the oven).
Then there were the trip from Boeing Field in Seattle to Pittsburgh International Airport just for reuben sandwiches at Primanti Bros. Fly there, eat, and fly back.
I had to try a Primanti Brothers reuben sandwich while in Pittsburgh. The eatery now has chain of restaurants throughout the eastern USA, including several in Pittsburgh and even one in the airport,
I tried the location in Monroeville, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Primanti’s reuben includes:
1/2 lb of corned beef, pastrami, Swiss cheese, Parmesan horseradish mayo and grilled slaw; served on Marble Rye
The sandwich was MASSIVE…and delicious.
I love sandwiches like this (French Fries and pickle were great too). While not healthy, this is the sort of splurge I quite enjoy.
It was 12 years ago that Boeing test pilots made headlines around the world for flying to Pittsburgh or a sandwich. But now I better understand why. If you’re in Pittsburgh, Primanti’s is worth the stop. You know what I recommend.