In our humble opinion, Pittsburgh is one of the most underrated cities with an NHL team. It’s got everything: beautiful architecture, dozens of universities, three major sports teams, 446 bridges… Some might argue there’s almost an embarrassment of riches to choose from when it comes to picking a few places to visit for the On the Road Blog, so we enlisted a little help from the Canadiens’ official Pittsburgh expert, Colby Armstrong, to decide what to see and do during our short stay in the Steel City.
First on Colby’s list was a spot he and his former teammates indulged in from time-to-time on cheat days during his three year stint with the Penguins: Primanti Bros. Sandwiches. A Pittsburgh institution, Primanti Bros. features a variety of sandwich options that all have the same secret ingredient in common: French fries. Since opening in the 1930s, Primanti Bros. has expanded to add over 30 locations around the city, and if you prefer to take your sandwich with a side of beach, there are also three spots located along the ocean in Ft. Lauderdale. Looks like we know where we’ll be going the next time we play the Panthers…
On our way back from Colby’s lunch spot of choice, a comic book store caught our eye. Turns out, Eide’s Entertainment is one of the oldest comic book stores in the United States, dating back to March 18, 1972. While there were plenty of vintage, $5,000 original issues in stock, we decided to stick within our budget and left with a dozen used Archie comics for about $12.84. We still haven’t decided which one of us will have to declare those when we clear customs on the way home.
While combing through the racks looking for a hidden gem, we did happen upon a special edition figurine of Kirk Muller, accompanied by one of his 1995 Canadiens hockey cards. Oddly enough, despite having only played 27 career games with the Islanders during his NHL career, for some reason, Kirk’s action figure features the former Habs captain in Long Island orange and blue in this mis-matched set.