4050 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA | Directions 1522440.465418 -79.955967
Neighborhoods: Central Lawrenceville
be careful! – my brother and i ate here right before this restaurant was closed down temporarily by the health department. i was fine, but he got really sick. i have eaten at Trams several times and like the food, but it is definitely not worth the fear of getting sick.
My Favorite Restaurant in Pittsburgh – I don't know if it was the supposed "back story" that hooked my heart or the Saigon Soup or both, but Trams is by far my FAVORITE restaurant in Pittsburgh. I would wait out in the rain, snow, sleet or hail to get a seat in this place.
The owner who is missing part of his arm, greets each person as they walk in, seats them and then takes their drink order. He also takes your money at the end :) In between, you are served, rather slowly, by the staff which usually includes his daughter and I'm assuming other family members.
Their shrimp spring rolls, made fresh and made to order are so delicious, they could make a meal in themselves. Dipped in peanut sauce with a dash of hot sauce makes them even better.
If you decide to go to Trams, leave plenty of time for waiting to be seated and then to be served.... but I promise it is worth the wait!
My favorite pho spot in the world – I live in virginia and make Trams my must spot to stop. The Pho soup and spring rolls are the best I have ever had
Our favorite Friday dinner – please try Tram's! amazing cuisine and we have never been let down. the food is so fresh and delicious and you need to go now! cash only and there is no ATM very close so bring cash.
Pretty good place – I like the spring rolls because they aren't super loaded with herbs, even though the ones I had in Vietnam were, and the dipping sauce is yummy too. I've only been twice, once I sat down and once I got take out. Both times I got the beef pho and it was definitely better as takeout, you get soup in one container, noodles, medium rare beef (definitely some raw/pink) and onions and some herbs in another container and a baggy full of bean sprouts, mint and a lime wedge plus they pack some siracha hot sauce with a darker sauce and it was super fast, I went in and ordered and got it within 5 min. The only down side is that they only take cash or check.
The Pho Changing Experiance of a lifetime – I love Asian food of all different styles and fancies but I have never before ventured into the depths of Trams Kitchen. The first time I went there I was not sure what to get and the man with one arm who worked there instilled some doubt that maybe this was the wrong place to go. However my beautiful girlfriend continued to reassure me that this was a fine establishment and I was in for a treat. I was skeptical but she told me what to order and as usual I trusted her pretty face. I ordered the Beef Pho and three spring rolls as did she. As I waited for the "Pho" to grace my presence I glanced around the restaurant and tried to take in the atmosphere. I noticed a variety of people of all ages and backgrounds, so I blinded assumed everything was going to be ok. After holding my gorgeous girl friends hand for about ten minutes waiting for the arrival of the spring rolls and this so called "Pho" it suddenly appeared. I was not hesitant to consume the spring roll as my taste buds have crossed there path numerous times before. But Pho? This large steamy bowl of soup, beef and Pho noodles I did not know what to expect. My precious girl friend kept me calm and told me to add the hot sauce and plum sauce, conveniently located beside me on the table, to this unknown soup. After one bite I was overcome with pure utopia begining in my mouth and then traveling throughout my whole body. Who would have known that this eight dollar bowl of soup in some generic restaurant could be so scrumptious. About one minute later this beefy noodley concoction of godliness was completely engulfed in my happy stomache. Later upon arriving home I took a large doodie and went to sleep. Who would have know that the mysterious one armed man could be so right?
Confused by the reviews? It's worth a try! – I don't usually write reviews, but with the wide range of ratings for Tram's I figured I should chime in. I've been there three times, and while I haven't tried that many things from the menu, nearly all the food I've had has been excellent. As others have noted, the spring rolls are delicious. My sister and I both liked the shrimp/pork spring rolls better than the vegetarian ones, but the latter were good too. My favorite at Tram's, though, is the "Vegetarian Mixed Vegies" (sic), which is one of the tastiest and most original vegetarian entrees in Pittsburgh (outside of Kaya). Concerns expressed by others about cleanliness and service are probably valid, but when the food is this good I can look beyond them. With the low price of admission, it's definitely worth a try!
Not TOO CLEANED – I am so disappointed TRAM's KITCHEN. The place is NOT so CLEANED. The SERVICE is TERRIBLE. The SERVER is Very CRANKY. The food is okay....
Tram's kitchen – Tram's Kitchen service are terrible. The place is not to clean. The food is okay. I won't go back and won't rececommeded to friend.
Best fresh spring rolls in ptitsburgh. – Their fresh spring rolls are AWESOME. There is no better. Every other restaurant I get spring rolls at around Pittsburgh smells funny to me. The pho is all good, as well as the vermicelli, tofu, and lemongrass dishes. The fried rice is unique, as it has lots of garlic, and a sweet taste to it.
The atmosphere is a little dumpy, and the service is terribly slow. The place is routinely filled to capacity, and they probably don't have enough real-estate in the kitchen to keep pace with all of the people ordering. More often than not, its worth the hassle. There have been times when I've waited unreasonably long for a meal though...
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