There is nothing neat about a Piranha’s sandwich—a unique construction devised long ago by truck drivers passing through Pittsburgh’s Strip District. While their trucks were parked, the drivers headed over to a popular diner; with an eye on the clock and an appreciation for substance over style, they developed the edible pileup, which layers everything one might get with a ham and cheese sandwich on the ham and cheese sandwich. Thanks to native Pittsburgher Michael Hanlin and his partner Kirk Evans, Nashvillians don’t have to take a trip to Steel Town to try one on for size. The sandwich base—a selection from 14 meats, Boston cod filets or egg—goes on top of a thick slice of Italian bread. Provolone cheese is placed on top of that. The fries are cut and deep-fried before your eyes, then scattered over the meat-cheese layer. The slaw—tangy and crisp, dressed with a vinegar-based sweet/sour sauce—goes on top of the fries, and another slice of bread finishes it off. It is a little daunting, to be sure, but well worth the effort. The most popular option is the Titan Cheese Steak, with the distinct flavors of the other meats—spicy cappicola ham and peppery Cajun chicken—still discernable through the fries, cheese, slaw and bread. Piranha’s has a full bar, with a decent selection of bottle and draft beers, and nightly specials. Kitchen remains open until doors close.
Parking: No Parking
Reservations: Not Necessary