Best Place to Take Someone from Pittsburgh - 2011
Smell something delicious amid the Beanie Babies and back issues of Time magazine?Chances are you've stumbled onto Pittsburgh Willy's, hidden home of gourmet hot dogs and Pittsburgh favorites, courtesy of Randy (a.k.a. "Willy") Walters. Located inside the Merchant Square Antique Mall in Chandler, Willy's occupies a small nook and sports an ordering counter, a few tables, and Steelers memorabilia covering every inch of available space. Gourmet hot dogs like the Wild Willy, an all-beef dog topped with butter-drenched ham and melted cheddar piled into a sesame seed bun, make up much of the menu, along with specialty sandwiches, signature "Willy Chili," and Steel City Sliders. Those in the know, including transplanted Pittsburghers, line up for Willy's homemade pierogis, cushioned orbs of dumplings stuffed smothered in butter and onion. They're a secret within a secret, and a delicious one at that.