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(Pittsburghlive)   Knuckle sandwich served at Pittsburgh diners from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.   ( divider line
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2004-10-12 12:46:01 AM  
Um... I ordered this knuckle sandwich plain, without cheeese, sir. And where is that salt?

You'll be lucky if you get a farking wooden nickel.
2004-10-12 12:58:06 AM  
Eh, they didn't get my approval on this one.
2004-10-12 01:51:52 AM  
That's the saddest thing in the world. I knew as soon as I looked at the tagline that the article would be about (or mention) Tom's Diner. I used to fear for my life every time I walked into one (even before the shooting there).
2004-10-12 02:14:57 AM  
Fast B

Of course you did, and I doubt the writer gets around the Burgh that much. Any real Pittsburgher knows that the one thing that characterizes West Liberty Avenue the most is that it's lined with car dealerships. And whereever there's car dealers, there's all kinds of drinking, tension, and violence.

But at least Pittsburgh has all-night diners. All we got in Cincinnati is Steak 'n Shake, which is ok but it gets old.
2004-10-12 02:29:46 AM  

Well...I imagine you're being sarcastic about the car dealership thing, but Tom's isn't that far down 19, if I recall. And while I've never seen entire street gangs there, I've definitely seen a lot of large drunk people who were clearly looking for trouble.
2004-10-12 04:20:57 AM  
I guess I'm the only one that noticed they used a comical pun for the tag line of a story about a man who was beat to death...
2004-10-12 04:29:31 AM  
the chick in the Fark Personals ad looks like Neve Cambell
2004-10-12 04:30:08 AM  
I've witnessed many a beat down outside Tom's Diner, and 2 drive by's at the "O"...good times in Pittsburgh
2004-10-12 04:44:05 AM  
You're too smart for this place, surfnazi
2004-10-12 04:46:58 AM  
Stop being a pansy Fast B. Even us that grew up in the very nice suburbs, (i.e. anything past Mt. Lebanon, Sewickley, or Monroeville), were never afraid of Tom's Diner or The O.

Pansy CMU kids. You probably ordered a salad.

/my sister went to CMU... and never left the 'Burg
//now lives in Cali... and can only eat salads.
2004-10-12 04:48:17 AM  
"those of us who grew up"

/stupid late-night grammar check
2004-10-12 04:49:23 AM  

/going to bed
2004-10-12 04:58:05 AM  
Wow, somebody that explains what the late night life is really like. If anyone knows where I work, they know this is exactly what it's like late at night. I work nights at a pizza place in Boston that's open until 3am. I've sent more than my share of customers to the hospital, jail, both... I've been stabbed, burned, but I've never lost a fight in 6 years. There have been a LOT of fights.

It's usually the college kids that start the fights, we call it Beertosterone. You get the kid from Ohio that was the hometown hero football star kind of guy, he finds out that in a big city he's just another turd in the toilet, but he still thinks he's tough. So far, they haven't been too tough that we haven't been able to handle 'em. I tend to avoid violence, but when it finds you it's nice to be able to defend yourself.
2004-10-12 04:59:27 AM  
Is it because some of them just blew $40 on a bottle of Jovan Musk for Men and several rounds of drinks and ended up empty handed that makes them want to fight?

Har Har
2004-10-12 04:59:49 AM  
....shot and killed robert BEEMAN?

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2004-10-12 05:12:51 AM  
I'm loading up on pepper spray and taser batteries and heading out to the East Coast...

West Sy-ide Mother Farker!
2004-10-12 05:51:27 AM  
The old "what-are-you-looking-at" air...yep, that'll do it.

We'll probably need bouncers at every family restaurant in the near future. Even at lunch time.
2004-10-12 06:02:09 AM  
Da da da dat, da da da dat, da da dat da da da dat
2004-10-12 06:16:24 AM  
Never been to Tom's Diner, but the Dirty 'O (the Original Hot Dog Shop named in the article) used to include in its classified advertisments for bouncers, "Must be at least 6"3, 250 lbs"-and they all were. That said, the Burgh ain't Newark or Detroit, or even New York City. It's fairly tame-just avoid Tom's!
2004-10-12 06:56:22 AM  
Used to go to Tom's all the time when I lived in Dormont. Never had a problem there and I usually went at around 3 am.
2004-10-12 07:04:21 AM  
Ah, the memories. The original beatings at Tom's Diner article was my first ever submitted link approved. Now, I stand at the precipice of double digit approval numbers. Also, it may be recognized somewhere as the worst butchering of the English language ever seen on Fark, which is saying something.
2004-10-12 07:16:48 AM  
im sure that this kinda shiat happens just about EVERYWHERE and not just pittsburgh...esp um, college towns.
people get drunk, people go out, people start interacting with other, then people fight, doesnt matter what town yer in.

nebby jagoffs
2004-10-12 07:19:52 AM  
also, i thought that dude gettin beat to death in the bathroom was like in the late afternoon/evening following a steelers game, not late at night like the article says
2004-10-12 07:27:03 AM  
This guy tells of 3 incidents in 8 years. He also mentions "A good half-dozen shootings have taken place at restaurants all over the city, and there's record of numerous brawls and assaults as well", which odes not say that these shootings and brawls happened at night or at diners. This guy is an asshat.

I have been to the diners (Tom's, Ritters, Scotty's, can't think of the one on Carson St) here in the 'burgh for years, we are talking a couple of hundred times. I have never seen anything except rowdy drunks that make noise and messes. Personally I don't think that diners are unsafe at 2-4:00 AM. Again I call asshat on the author.
2004-10-12 07:35:17 AM  
The one on Carson st is also Tom's.
2004-10-12 08:35:42 AM  
Ahhh Pittsburgh, how I miss her.
2004-10-12 08:40:33 AM  
I don't miss Pittsburgh one ounce... horrible weather, worse job market...

/working in NYC
2004-10-12 08:43:17 AM  
Its "Dustin Garger", not "Dustin Granger". I went to high school with that f***er. I miss Pittsburgh all of the time Ebenator.
2004-10-12 08:50:18 AM  
If you go to Primanti Brothers, they put fries on their knuckle sandwich.
2004-10-12 09:08:29 AM  
God, I miss O' Fries.

Someone get me a grocery bag of fries, STAT.
2004-10-12 09:20:57 AM  
Knuckle Sandwiches at a resturant? I hope they have the string quarted fire up a little chin music.

/didn't rtfa
2004-10-12 09:30:26 AM  
they should've gone to eat'n park

/would rather be shot
2004-10-12 09:39:15 AM  
Article content aside, Mike Seate's a farktard.
2004-10-12 09:40:39 AM  
"pristine sidewalks"???

Tom's is all right, but after all it is Dormont. They were probably just carrying on whatever argument they were having at SlapShots.

Back east, seemed that cops used to regularly stop in at all the late night diners. Guess Pittsburgh just can't afford that any longer.
2004-10-12 09:43:34 AM  
Did anyone else think of the Far Side cartoon where an alien is saying "Why yes. I would like a knuckle sandwich." to some thugs?
2004-10-12 09:44:11 AM  
The incident happened in the men's room of Tom's Diner

I was sitting in the corner, drinking coffee....

do do doo doo do do doo doo
da da daa daa da da daa daa

2004-10-12 09:44:35 AM  
If you go to Primanti Brothers, they put fries on their knuckle sandwich.

Cole slaw, too.
2004-10-12 09:47:01 AM  
It's enough to make a Pittsburgher wonder: are they putting something in the hash browns during the wee hours, or is there something about Formica and stale coffee that turns us into predators?

That paragraph is incredible amusing in light of the subject matter.

/and weed is still illegal?
2004-10-12 10:00:32 AM  
Back east, seemed that cops used to regularly stop in at all the late night diners. Guess Pittsburgh just can't afford that any longer.

Oil City even had cops in McDonalds as far back as the 70s.
2004-10-12 10:08:52 AM  
Last Rule of Fight Club:

No attempted buttsex in Pittsburgh, biatch.
2004-10-12 10:48:51 AM  
The bad ass yinzer blue-collar attitude is all thats left of that steel town mentality.

There are some nice people in the burgh, but way too many asshats that are just looking to fight.
2004-10-12 11:00:55 AM  
Pristine sidewalks? They are talking about "Dirtmont"...nothing pristine about that place. Well,maybe the Vasta Lounge or Cips.
2004-10-12 11:03:33 AM  
I know of the Tom's Dinner in the South Side but where is the Tom's dinner in dormont? What street?

mmm Ritter's breakfast samiches
2004-10-12 11:05:12 AM  
Tom's is on West Libery in Dormont. The original Tom's. The SS Tom's is too new to be considered real at all.
2004-10-12 11:08:00 AM  
Further down Liberty, right past Wenzell/Brookline Blvd, on the left is a little side street. There's a place there called Car Hops, and they have some of the best sandwiches in the burgh. Ironically, I just drove past Tom's about 30 minutes ago.
2004-10-12 11:16:20 AM  
This is old news here in pittsburgh...Bah
2004-10-12 11:19:54 AM  
OK, all the Fark Yinzers are here, right?

Jeet jet?

I gotta pounda jumbo annat, meet me dahntahn at da Point.

Everybody else, OUT OF THIS THREAD! :{)

Oh, and...

2004-10-12 04:20:57 AM surfnazi
I guess I'm the only one that noticed they used a comical pun for the tag line of a story about a man who was beat to death...

A farker with the word "nazi" in his tag has no business pointing out others' insensitivity... I'm just sayin'.!
2004-10-12 11:53:30 AM  
not me Broom...I'm getting my disability check and POW..dahn ta' Pants n' At.
2004-10-12 11:56:08 AM  
In my city, a lot of crime happens in the wee hours of the morning in bad neighborhoods. Everybody there is either predator or prey. Decide which you want to be before you go, and don't mind the occasional surprise.
2004-10-12 12:08:52 PM  
How great would a WaffleHouse be in da burgh n'at?
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