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
closed now
Sunday9am - 5pm
Monday8am - 5pm
Tuesday8am - 5pm
Wednesday8am - 5pm
Thursday8am - 5pm
Friday8am - 5pm
Saturday8am - 5pm
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

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Bakn

    Carnegie, Pennsylvania

    Between bacon Bloody Marys and Bacon-Bourbon Ice Cream, Pittsburgh’s Bakn serves pound-of-bacon BLTs, bacon flatbread, and bacon flights of 4 different kinds.

  • Gab & Eat Restaurant

    Carnegie, Pennsylvania

    There is nowhere in Pittsburgh better for an early morning meal than at a counter seat at the Gab & Eat, a blue collar urban hash house just west of downtown.

  • Beto’s

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Unique regional pizza. Each bite is 1/2 baked crust & gooey cheese, 1/2 room-temp toppings & unmelted cheese. Beto’s weird juxtaposition verges on addictive.

  • Giannamore’s Pizza

    Wintersville, Ohio

    Giannamore’s serves the local regional specialty pizza, on which toppings are added only after it comes out of the oven.

  • Union Grill

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    The Devonshire, a sandwich unique to Pittsburgh, is great at the Union Grill, where heavy slices of freshly roasted turkey are always the foundation.

  • Oram’s Donut Shop

    Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

    Raised and glazed cake donuts and cream puffs are best bets at Oram’s. Must eat: the hugely satisfying cinnamon roll.