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A Local’s Guide to Pittsburgh: Best Place for Sushi

Packed with sidewalk vendors, specialty shops, and unique restaurants, the Strip District of Pittsburgh lives large in its one-half square mile. Squeezed inside the entrance Wholey’s Fish Market is a sushi stand that will surprise you.

The stand would be easy to overlook, but Andy’s Sushi Bar is anything but unassuming. Andy’s entertaining style will draw you in for a first taste but the fresh, generous, and affordable portions will make you a regular. A one-man gig, Andy works quickly to keep lines moving. By striking up conversation, cracking jokes (No money, no honey!), and handing out free samples, he diverts his waiting fans.

We’re on a first-name basis, Andy and I. Despite moving to North Carolina three years ago, he still addresses my husband and me by name when we visit.  No better customer service exists!

You won’t find this stand stocked with premade rolls. All orders are made on request with the freshest ingredients available. Although the menu is quite extensive, I’ve stopped ordering from it. I opt to give Andy the price I want to spend on lunch and let his creativity take over. Andy always crafts a unique masterpiece. Typically, other customers will remark on how delicious the roll looks and will ask what I ordered.  Although “no idea” is my usual response, I am never disappointed.  Stuffed with fresh tuna, scallops, and crab and layered with more fish, mint, and sauce, my lunch is both beautiful and filling.  Andy ensures that your take-out box contains ‘cheap ham’ (ginger) and ‘ice cream’ (wasabi).

Although the sushi is take-out only, you can dine upstairs in Wholey’s.  Andy’s is open seven days a week! The hours are as follows:

Mon-Thu 8 am – 5:30 pm

Fri 8 am – 6 pm

Sat 8 am – 5 pm

Sun 9 am – 4 pm

Have you been to Andy’s? What did you think? Will you go next time you are in Pittsburgh? Comment below!

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4 responses

  1. Adam

    I will go the next time I am there!

    December 20, 2011 at 10:27 AM

  2. Stef Sydlik

    i was going to comment that the pancakes are more to note in pittsburgh than the sushi. but you are so right, wholey’s/ andy’s is actually the most amazing seafood ever! i still tell stories about it– it’s by far better than any i’ve had in boston (where seafood is supposed to be top-notch) the pancakes in pittsburgh are also better than anywhere else 😉

    December 20, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    • Thanks for reading Stef! I will be posting once a week about Pittsburgh…looks like ‘Pancakes’ will get their own article! 🙂

      December 20, 2011 at 2:14 PM

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