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#21 Skyline

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:23 AM

 

 

 

Nothing that special but it is unique, a must-stop for locals and visitors alike in the same way that Geno's Cheesesteaks in Philly is. (Ducking...)

 

WHOAAAAAAAA THERE!!! :lol: Philly natives don't even think of going anywhere near Pat's and Geno's it's a legitimate tourist trap. Crappy and overpriced Cheesesteaks. I'm an Uber driver and anytime someone says They're going to Pat's and Geno's I do my best to persuade them of getting a much better cheesesteak at Jim's or Campo's. Matter of fact I had two people from Detroit today in my car and told them to go to Jim's and they listened. :lol: You wanna know a good Cheesesteak place ask this Philly native. :D

 

 

 

I don't doubt Uber drivers might steer pax to places other than Primanti Bros. in Pittsburgh as well. My point was it has the same kind of rep as Geno's (call it a tourist trap if you want) and many visitors seek out Primanti Bros. just like they do Geno's. Locals aren't immune to the hype either, tho they may not make a habit of Primanti's. For some, once is enough. For others, they seem to be happy with it. 

 

Funny Primanti Bros. was mentioned, since outta curiosity I tried that place when I did a Pittsburgh trip in late May. Sigh, I was disappointed(pretty sure it was because whatever cole slaw and certain other things they add to those sandwiches wasn't as good as I hoped it'd be), and doubt I'd go there on my next trip there. Maybe one day I'd give them another shot, but honestly there are other places in Pittsburgh I'd rather eat at that I didn't quite get to, whenever I get back there again.

 

One option you could do for a morning bite and just wanted to call in an order of food to go(assuming they'd allow you to do that here, and say you got a cabbie or Uber/Lyft driver who'd allow you to do that), would be to go to DeLuca's Diner in the Strip District. It opens at 6:30am, though of course you'd have to get back to that station before the 7:30am departure. I debated going to DeLuca's, and honestly looking back I probably should've stuck with my original gameplan to do that. But ah well, since I did later on fit a brief walk into the Strip District on my 2nd and last day in Pittsburgh, due to the fact my westbound Cap. Limited ran 21/2 hours late! :) Phone number btw for DeLuca's, is (412)566-2195.

 

 

Agree. Deluca's serves a good breakfast. Better than Primanti's and roughly the same distance from Amtrak. Like Primanti's, a tight connection in the AM, tho, and the Pennsylvanian usually leaves on time. I should think it a safer bet to call in a takeout order with plans to eat it on board.

 

Not sure how you'd eat at Deluca's in a westbound scenario, however. They are basically a breakfast/lunch place -- and close mid-afternoons until the next morning. Plenty of other options downtown for westbound connectors tho, and of course Primanti's (original 18th Street location only) is open 24 hours.



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Posted 12 July 2018 - 07:12 PM

Nothing that special but it is unique, a must-stop for locals and visitors alike in the same way that Geno's Cheesesteaks in Philly is. (Ducking...)

 
WHOAAAAAAAA THERE!!! Philly natives don't even think of going anywhere near Pat's and Geno's it's a legitimate tourist trap. Crappy and overpriced Cheesesteaks. I'm an Uber driver and anytime someone says They're going to Pat's and Geno's I do my best to persuade them of getting a much better cheesesteak at Jim's or Campo's. Matter of fact I had two people from Detroit today in my car and told them to go to Jim's and they listened. You wanna know a good Cheesesteak place ask this Philly native. :D 
Explorer's Den. This Philly expat has been going there since... 1967. Once hauled 26 frozen cheesesteaks back to STL by request. Oh, and I've never been Geno's or Pat's.

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Posted 21 July 2018 - 02:31 PM

I've been thinking about my trip, and at this point I'm considering extending my time in NYC. Given that, I may fly to NY (either LGA or JFK) to save a travel day, and take the Pennsylvanian-Capitol Limited connection back. I obviously could take LSL all the way (well, to Toledo, where I have to catch a bus to Michigan), but would like to ride the Pennsylvanian as it is a totally new route to me (I've done the LSL BOS-TOL + Cap WAS-TOL and Card CHI-WAS before, and we're doing a good chunk of the Hudson River run I haven't done during the Gathering).

 

With that said, are the Pennsylvanian/Capitol Limited usually on-time into PGH westbound, and would I be able to see the Horseshoe Curve in daylight in the first week of October? Also, if the Cap is early into PGH (as it seemingly has been the past few days), can you usually get on the train before its scheduled departure time? The longer layover would obviously give me more time for a meal in Pittsburgh, though if it's after 11pm and the train is nearing I'd probably want to get on it ASAP and try to sleep.


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Posted 21 July 2018 - 03:11 PM

Good plan!

You shouldn't have and problem with the connection in PGH to #29 from the Pennsy.

The Weather and OTP ( Evening/Night) will determine whether or not you see the Horseshoe Curve Westbound, but Eastbound ( Daylight) shouldn't be any problem unless the Weather interfers.

As has been said, the Dungeon in the PGH Amtrak Station is not a place you want to hang out in long, but there are plenty of places to eat downtown and on the strip during the Layover for #29.(the Eastbound connection is no problem, only an hour or so layover if close to On Time)

Since you go upstairs to the Platform to board the Train, you won't board till the Agent( friendly and will keep your stuff while you go eat) announces boarding.

Edited by Bob Dylan, 21 July 2018 - 03:17 PM.

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Posted 21 July 2018 - 03:12 PM

In my experience riding about ten times, the Pennsylvanian was anywhere from a few minutes early up to 90 minutes late into Pittsburgh. Unless there's a pretty unusual delay you'll be able to see the Horseshoe Curve in early October, I'd give you a 95% chance or better.

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 11:26 AM

Sunset on 7 October in Altoona is 6:46 PM.  Train 43 leaves Altoona at 5:13 PM if on schedule.   So it allows about an hour or so of daylight when reaching The Curve.

If you want to be more assured, do it eastward...however, then you have to worry about making a tighter connection...so....do it round trip! :)


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