Always No. 2: Pittsburgh likes McDonald’s McChicken more than Primanti’s Pitts-burger

“Our goal is to unseat the McChicken and take our rightful place.”

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The Incline illustration / Photos courtesy of UberEats
Rossilynne Culgan

In the great showdown that is UberEATS data, McDonald’s McChicken reigns as the supreme sandwich in Pittsburgh, beating out Primanti Bros.’ Pitts-burger for the No. 1 spot.

In honor of National Sandwich Day (which is today, and yes, you should eat a sandwich to celebrate), UberEATS released the figures showing which sandwiches its customers order the most.

Though one specific Primanti Bros. sandwich didn’t grab the honor of most-ordered, the beloved Pittsburgh chain did make the list the most times, with its sandwiches scoring five spots in the Top 10 list.

Primanti’s is pretty pumped about that, but they’ve also got their eyes on the prize.

“Primanti Bros. has been around in Pittsburgh for 84 years at this point, and we are happy to have five of the top 10 sandwiches, but we’re gunning for the top. Our goal is to unseat the McChicken and take our rightful place,” spokesman Ryan Wilkinson said.

No. 3 on the list: A classic bagel 'wich.

No. 3 on the list: A classic bagel 'wich.

Courtesy of UberEATS

Before we share the Top 10 list, there are a few important caveats to this data:

  • UberEATS didn’t include hamburgers and hot dogs. “At the risk of wading into a massive debate, we’re making a call here: hamburgers and hot dogs do not count as sandwiches,” per a news release. Our friends at Billy Penn in Philly were brave enough to jump into this debate and asked Philadelphia-area chefs for their hot takes.
  • Despite that, UberEATS says the Primanti’s Pitts-burger *does* count in the ranking, because it’s served on bread instead of a hamburger bun. It’s a Primanti’s classic billed on the menu as the No. 2 best seller. The No. 1 best-seller? Beer, of course.
  • The numbers include sales since UberEATS launched here in May.
  • Data covers the area UberEATS serves, which includes Pittsburgh and extends throughout the region.

Here’s the full list of Pittsburgh’s favorite sandwiches, ranked by number of UberEATS orders:

  1. McChicken, McDonald’s
  2. Pitts-Burger and Cheese, Primanti Brothers
  3. Bacon, Egg and Cheese, Bagel Factory
  4. Pastrami and Cheese Sandwich, Primanti Brothers
  5. Capicola and Cheese Sandwich, Primanti Brothers
  6. Summer Avocado Piada, Piada
  7. Fried Chicken Sandwich, Wings Over Pittsburgh
  8. Angus Sirloin Steak and Cheese Sandwich, Primanti Brothers
  9. Corned Beef and Cheese Sandwich, Primanti Brothers
  10. Smack Yo Mama Sandwich, The Yard Gastropub
In the No. 7 spot, this fried chicken sandwich.

In the No. 7 spot, this fried chicken sandwich.

Courtesy of UberEATS

Pittburghers are most likely to order sandwiches at 6 p.m., with orders spiking on Fridays, according to UberEATS. On the other side of the state, Philadelphians are more likely to order sandwiches around 11 a.m., with an uptick on Sundays. So it appears Pittsburghers are more interested than our eastern counterparts in sandwiches for dinner, which makes sense given that a sandwich with french fries is definitely hearty enough to count as dinner.

If you want to splurge, UberEATS crowned the most expensive sandwich as the Rib Eye Sandwich from GreenForest Restaurant for $17 (or, you know, you could just get two Primanti Bros. sandwiches for the same price).

“If you’re not celebrating National Sandwich day with Primanti’s,” Wilkinson said, “you’re doing it wrong.”