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Pittsburgh eatery won’t serve fish because Steelers play the Dolphins

It’s not at all uncommon for a local restaurant in a sports town to alter its menu in a snarky manner ahead of a big game due to some inherent quality of an upcoming opponent. The move may be inspired by an iconic food from the opponent’s hometown or the team name.

That said, such antics are usually a whimsical way for a restaurant to drum up business while supporting the local team. But what a local Pittsburgh chain did ahead of the Steelers’ playoff showdown with the Miami Dolphins is a bit of a head-scratcher.

Primanti Bros., an iconic Pittsburgh sandwich chain that has 37 outposts in the Pittsburgh area, apparently will not serve fish ahead of the Steelers-Dolphins game on Sunday.

Wait. What?

Toni Haggerty, a longtime cook at the original Primanti Bros. location in Pittsburgh, said she can’t bring herself to whip up a fish sandwich given this weekend’s opponent. It’s all well and good and innocuous enough, but let’s just hope Primanti Bros. are aware that, you know, dolphins aren’t actually fish but mammals.

It’s reminiscent of George Costanza referring to whales as fish in the classic “Seinfeld” episode, “The Marine Biologist.”

To be fair, Haggerty says pulling fish off the menu stems from a refusal to support “anything that comes from the ocean.” So she and Primanti Bros. arguably deserve a break on this one. But that doesn’t mean I was going to pass on an opportunity to make a “Seinfeld” reference, that’s for sure.