The restaurant has evolved to become a casual neighborhood restaurant with 13 Pittsburgh locations, including those found in PNC Park and Heinz Field. There are also two locations in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
The restaurant was featured in an article in the August 2003 edition of National Geographic Magazine.
I needed to represent MY roots too though. After some brainstorming with my husband, I came up with the:
Ryan jokingly said something about making a whalers sandwich when I told him that the foods we chose could represent a local team colors. Well. 10 years ago, the Hartford Whalers hockey team left CT to go to NC (hockey in NORTH CAROLINA?!?! puh-lease). They have been sorely missed by many here, and we are left with no pro teams.
So, my entry for a Connecticut / New England Sandwich consists of:
For fun, the story of nutmeg and CT: Connecticut gets its nickname ("the Nutmeg State", "Nutmegger") from the legend that some unscrupulous Connecticut traders would whittle "nutmeg" out of wood, creating a "wooden nutmeg" (a term which came to mean any fraud)
Tuna made with chopped dried cranberries (cranberries are famously grown in Mass) and miracle whip
The some slices of local Rosedales tomatos, and a second slice of bread.
The end result, my Whalers Melt, was really good! The cranberries were a nice alternative to the usual relish in tuna.