Robert Wholey & Co.

Grocery Store | Seafood
Worth driving from anywhere!

Starting as a live poultry market in 1912, Wholey today carries an inventory of foodstuffs that range from baked ham by the haunch (or sliced super thin, aka chipped, the way Pittsburghers like it) to sides of tuna that are cut into steaks to order. Everywhere you look, there is fresh fish on ice (as well as a first-rate sushi station), and as you explore the vast market, you also find meats, canned and bottled groceries, and produce of the highest quality.

For us, the reason to come to Wholey is a fish sandwich. Virtually anything sold raw is available to be cooked – “You buy, we fry” is the in-house motto; but sandwiches of cod and whiting star. They are fried as you watch in kettles opposite the order area. The cod sandwich is a whopper, but if you are really, really hungry, check out the Whaler. That is one full pound of just-fried (in corn oil) whiting ludicrously piled between two halves of a normal-size roll (preferably from Mancini Bakery). It fails as a sandwich — if being pick-uppable is an essential sandwich quality — but the fish is cream-sweet, utterly fresh, crisp edged, a joy to hoist with fork or fingers.

What to Eat
Robert Wholey & Co., Whaler
That's the top of a normal-size bun perched above a full pound of freshly-fried, creamy-fleshed, crisp-edged whiting. King of Fish Sandwiches!
Robert Wholey & Co., Fried Oysters
Fried Oysters
Oysters are ocean sweet and butter rich, a joy to savor.
Robert Wholey & Co., Soup
You can count on Wholey's to always have several tasty seafood soups. On the left is the spicy Maryland crab soup, which is loaded with small bits of crab. On the right is the creamy lobster bisque.
Robert Wholey & Co., Lobster Macaroni & Cheese
Lobster Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is given a marine twang by including bits of sweet Maine lobster.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday9am - 5pm
Monday8am - 5:30pm
Tuesday8am - 5:30pm
Wednesday8am - 5:30pm
Thursday8am - 5:30pm
Friday8am - 6pm
Saturday8am - 6pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 1 MILE | 8 min

There's no neighborhood in America more appetite-friendly than Pittsburgh's Strip. Groceries of every sort, restaurants of every continent, stand-up snacks and sit-down meals abound. It's all within a few blocks, so park the car and take this walking tour of Roadfood classics that begins with outlandish pancakes at DeLuca's or strawberry hotcakes at Pamela's Diner…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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