Neighborhood Spotlight: Wholey’s Market


For members of the Pittsburgh community, there’s no place quite like Wholey’s. Just a quick walk from the Cork Factory, you will be greeted by the iconic giant neon fish, as well as a seemingly endless supply of fresh meat and seafood; from your go-to favorites to rare and adventurous species. Wholey’s market is conveniently located in the Strip District, right by many of our other beloved neighborhood vendors, and if for some reason you haven’t yet checked it out, you’re in for a treat.

The Robert Wholey Company was founded way back in 1912, when Robert L. Wholey sold live poultry, meat, sausages, and coffee out of his store in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. Since then, the family business has grown exponentially, and lucky for us, its headquarters landed right in our backyard. Over the past century, the Wholey family has incorporated a wider and wider range of products for customers to delight in, and even established Wholey International to keep up with increasing demand for products distributed nationwide. To this day, Wholey’s is an integral part of our neighborhood, so much so that 17th Street was renamed Wholey Way a few years back.

So, what might you find with a visit to Wholey Market? The list is endless, but we’ll highlight some favorites. Wholey’s specializes in freshly prepared seafood delights, like their enormous crab legs, fried cod sandwiches, and lobster mac and cheese. They even have an in-house sushi chef for expertly prepared rolls and sashimi. If you can’t wait to get home to eat it, we don’t blame you, and the market conveniently offers in-store seating for customers to enjoy their meals (and opt to come back for more). For the carnivores out there, Wholey’s offers delicious wings, chicken pot pie, and the finest cuts of steak around.

If you’re looking to dine at home, Wholey’s has got you covered there, too. You can pick from the miles of aisles of fresh fish and meat a la carte, or you can opt for dinner packages, including their famous surf n’ turf special, and their delicious griller sampler that’s perfect for backyard barbecues. The market also offers gift packages, homemade sauces and spices, and their very own fudge for that pesky sweet tooth at the end of a good meal.

Serving up delicious seafood is truly a family affair. If you’re looking to enjoy the flavors of Wholey’s Market in a luxe setting, be sure to visit Luke Wholey’s Alaskan Grille located further up Penn Avenue. This bustling restaurant was founded by Robert’s grandson Luke and offers an extensive selection of the store’s best offerings. We recommend an order of the lobster bisque fries!

Wholey’s also provides endless events and entertainment. Check out their free cooking classes every Saturday at 10:00 am where seafood experts will teach visitors tips and techniques for preparing special dishes. Click here to check out the schedule. They also offer outdoor music as well as festivities around the holidays.

Check out Wholey’s impressive inventory online, or simply take a quick walk down there to see all the glory in person. This is sure to be your new go-to spot, if it isn’t already.

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