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North Side Sandwich Week

Written by Bob Batz Jr. on

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It's a North Side sammich smackdown!

Starting Friday, sammies from 13 neighborhood eateries will vie for lunchers' and diners' attentions during North Side Sandwich Week

The second-annual promotion lets customers vote with their wallets at the individual establishments June 17-23, and vote for their favorite sandwiches online.

But on June 20, sponsoring Northside Leadership Conference (the group writes the neighborhood name as one word) holds the North Side Sandwich Sampler, an event at which attendees can taste all the sandwiches for a good cause.

That happens from 6 to 9 p.m. that Thursday at the Allegheny Elks Lodge No. 339. For $25, you get to sample each of the sandwiches, wash them down with two Penn Brewery beers (or soft drinks) plus dessert, and then you get to vote for your favorite sandwich.

Celebrity judges are WYEP's Joey Spehar, jazz vocalist Etta Cox, KDKA-TV's Jon Delano and eatPGH's Julia Gongaware.

Proceeds benefit the Rox Performance Academy.

Participating restaurants and their sandwiches are:

Allegheny Elks Lodge -- Elks Fish Fry.

Atria's -- Atria's Reuben.

Benjamin's -- Signature Burger.

Bistro to Go (pronounced last year's North Side Sandwich King) -- Bistro Classic.

Deli on North Avenue -- Avocado Bleu.

El Burro -- Torta.

James Street -- Pulled Pork with Apple & Jicama Slaw.

The Little Deli/Modern Cafe (last year's Runnerup) -- Spicy Sicilian.

Max's Allegheny Tavern -- Cabbage and Corn Beef Sliders (not the open-faced braunschweiger club show here).

Monterey Pub -- Pub-style Shredded Beef.

Penn Brewery (last year's Most Unique) -- Northsliders.

Peppi's -- The Big Wheeler.

Rumerz -- Cryptonite.

That last one is steak and egg and provolone and fries and slaw on French bread.

Wouldn't it be cool if South Side did this, too, and the East End and West End, and then they pitted the winners from each compass point in a big Downtown final?

Or is this just making me hungry?

Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette photo

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