Pittsburgh based Primanti Brothers has 2 locations in Fort Lauderdale, and they're quite different. The one in Wilton Manors is like a small Italian Restaurant/Pizzeria, which this one is like a diner or luncheonette. What's unique about this one is that they're open 24 hours. What's strange is that they won't serve you breakfast until 8am, so if you get in at 6:30am I guess you'll be eating pizza.
Primanti is known for their sandwiches in Pittsburgh, but they seem to emphasize pizza here in Fort Lauderdale. You can still get their signature sandwiches and burgers, which come on thick cut italian bread with cole slaw and french fries in the sandwich.
Primanti's menu says that they don't know what carbs are, but I do, so I don't eat sandwiches like this. I've had their pizza, and as New Yorker, I can't recommend it.
There aren't many Breakfast choices in this part of town, so if you're staying in a nearby hotel you may be stuck overpaying for a hotel breakfast. Primanti is a place that you can get a sit down breakfast at a reasonable price.
The place is very metallic, and it feels like an old-time luncheonette. I'd guess that it hasn't been remodeled in many, many years.
The menu on their website that we have here says that they serve breakfast until 10:30, which seems early, but in the restaurant it says 10:45am, which probably means they serve until 11 and don't want people coming in a 10:55. I got there just before 10:30 to be safe. Coffee comes in a tiny, industrial cup.
I ordered the "Jumbo" breakfast, which is eggs, home fries, a meat and toast. You'd think that a sandwich shop would have good bread, but they only have white and wheat. I ordered sausage, because I always order sausage.
No ambiance here; no music and on a Saturday morning the back of the place was packed with a bunch of families; screaming kids, you know the deal. The food came out in about 10 minutes.
The sausage was a grilled italian sausage, so I guess they don't stock breakfast sausage. The eggs were deftly made, bad toast obviously; tasty home fries once I salted and peppered them. The tomato with cole slaw could have been left off altogether. Not a bad breakfast for $6.29.
With coffee and tip this came to $10, plus $1 to park. They only take cash or traveller's checks, so stock your wallet accordingly.
Primanti Brothers 516 E Oakland Park Blvd Oakland Park FL, 33334 (12/09/2010)