our night in burgatory
May 22, 2011, 10:11 am
Filed under: pittsburgh, restaurants

Our ongoing quest for the great restaurant veggie burger took us to Burgatory, conveniently located in a mini mall not so far from home. We’d been there once before and it was pretty good, so I was ready for another go. Alas, be careful what you name your restaurant–we ended up literally in Burgatory!!! We had company in town–best pal and her beau, and we’d tried to visit the Church Brew Works on Saturday night. It’s a great tourist spot, though i don’t totally love the food and the beer is not that great either! But they brew it in house and it’s a cool church with the tanks at the altar. Cool!! But not cool–big weekend in May and it was packed. We weren’t in the mood to wait for an hour so we left.

Next night we found ourselves ready to try a restaurant outing again. We went to Burgatory on a Sunday night at 530. Thought that wouldn’t be totally primetime. But no. They said it would be 45 minutes. Ok. We’d wait, besides we could check out some shops while we waited. But the restaurant isn’t really set up for groups larger than 4. We had 6 and it looks like they have 3 tables that can take that many. At one hour we returned to see where our table was. Not ready!! Argh, I thought this would be a quick stop in get a meal and go home–we were tired out from our long day of sightseeing at Fallingwater.

I didn’t feel like cooking but could have made great veggie burgers at home by now.

But then we were already in, and already wasted an hour. So we couldn’t leave now right? The staff were quite apologetic and by the time we were seated another 20 minutes later, they’d offered us free apps! Right on! That was nice. We ordered dinner, it took a while to get it (and they got my order wrong–argh). Another comp. Which was nice. But really it was kind of a hellish experience!!! We didn’t leave until 845!! That’s a long time for a burger and fries don’t you think?

I sure hope staff will get the thing figured out, or that they’ll move to a bigger place. Like our other veggie burger place, Double Wide, Burgatory is plagued by insanely long wait times. So we’re still looking for our go-to burger place.

This post is really about those times where you are in wait line purgatory–but you probably want a reference about the food huh? I had a salad the first time at Burgatory and really liked it–I’m a sucker for sunflower seeds on a salad. The veggie burger is a lentilly kind of base, and it’s pretty good. The topping options are pretty nice too. The chips are ok–dude doesn’t love the sweet potato ones so much, but I do, and the fries, also good. Double wide’s burger is good but seems a bit more health food like than this one–you know, more visible carrots, oats, that kind of thing, and the toppings options aren’t too exotic.


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