Sandwich porn

A taste of Thin Man Sandwich Shop

Written by Marlene Parrish on

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No, mystery lovers, you won’t find detective Nick and Nora Charles or their dog, Asta, at the Thin Man Sandwich Shop. You’ll meet chef/owners Dan and Sherri Leiphart, real live people who will solve any lunch time dilemma you may have. Their brand new shop opened today in the Strip District on the corner of Smallman and 21st streets, across the street from St. Stanislaus church.

Still, there’s an enigma. There’s Dan, with almost eight years as executive chef at Mount Washington’s posh Isabela restaurant. And Sherri, formerly at LeMont, Le Pommier and Isabela. Now they’re making sandwiches? What’s up with that?

“Across the country, food professionals are putting the same effort into casual food as fine dining, whether focusing on artisanal deli, cheese making or sandwiches,” Sherri says. “With this shop Dan and I can use our skills and creativity but get out of the weekend/night time routine and spend more time with friends and family.”

As in so many new eateries, Thin Man’s key words are local and artisanal. These sandwiches are unique, and ingredients are sourced locally: Baguettes from BreadWorks, Cunningham Meats bacon from Penn's Corner, seltzer from Pittsburgh Seltzer WorksBedillion Honey from Hickory, Wigle Whiskey from a few blocks away on Smallman and meats from Weiss Meats a bit farther up the street.

Here’s a sampler of signature sandwiches to match with soups, salads and sides:

The Thin Man, pictured above. Smooth chicken liver mousse with strips of bacon, frisee and red wine vinaigrette on a crunchy baguette.

Il Bastardo. Mortadella, runny egg, American cheese on olive focaccia.

The Smash. Organic chicken breast, avocado, sprouts and lemon-pickled scallions on a soft wheat baguette.

Sauteed Eggplant. With house-made ricotta, olive tapenade on rustic Italian bread.

Lamb Kofta Pita. Jamison Farms lamb meatballs, jalapeno and creamy yogurt tomato sauce.

Old School Cold Meatloaf. Everybody’s comfort food, with Hellmann’s mayo, salt, pepper and white bread.

You can’t miss the shop with its school-bus-yellow and red logo, designed by Jeremy Carlisle, a former owner of Le Pommier (and friend forever), who is now a food blogger in Brooklyn.

The shop is small, with seats and counter on street level, and more seating in the upstairs balcony. In the spring, look for sidewalk cafe seating, and wave to jealous pancake-eating customers two doors down at Pamela's.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 pm Tues. through Fri. and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. and Sun., at present. Closed Monday. Call 412-586-7370. Dine in or take out. Prices are from $3 for sides to $6 to $10 sandwiches.

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Top: Melissa McCart photo; bottom: Marlene Parrish photo.

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