Iconic Pittsburgh eatery ‘No Fish’ zone for Dolphins game

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — An iconic Pittsburgh restaurant chain won’t serve fish leading up to Sunday’s NFL playoff game between the Steelers and the Miami Dolphins.

A sign posted on the door of Primanti Bros. Restaurant says "Is the Fish Sandwich Your Favorite? TOUGH", Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 in Pittsburgh. Primanti Bros. Restaurant won't serve fish leading up to Sunday's NFL playoff game between the Steelers and the Miami Dolphins. (Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Primanti Bros. is famous for its sandwiches piled high with french fries and cole slaw on top of whatever protein is being served. But the chain won’t be serving fish on its sandwiches or anywhere else until after the game.

Toni Haggerty waves a "Terrible Towel" at Primanti Bros. restaurant, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 in Pittsburgh. Haggerty who has been with Primanti's for 43 years, says the restaurant won't serve fish leading up to Sunday's NFL playoff game between the Steelers and the Miami Dolphins. (Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

The chain, which now has 37 locations in and around Pittsburgh, started out as a lunch cart in 1933. The original restaurant location is in the city’s Strip District. Toni Haggerty, the longtime cook there, says she just can’t bring herself to make a fish sandwich while the Dolphins are on the Steelers’ menu.

She says her decision is not to support “anything that comes from the ocean.”