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.


city breakfast
December 18, 2010, 1:13 pm
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The dude and i used to love to go out for breakfast. And there’s lots of good greasy spoons out there. We’d go to Jo-Jo’s, Pamela’s, in town, the Cole Cafe up in the north.

But then we got the chickens, and i just felt bad knowing that i was eating, no doubt, cheapie caged non-organic eggs. poor birds. And then, pancakes, well those are good sometimes, but not without real maple syrup. And what diner place serves that? Sigh. So alas, we’re left with no real regular options for a city breakfast out on the town.

Or are we…?

Aha….a good coffee place and a good bagel. Hey that’d work!

Our current fav is to head over to Lawrenceville to Cafe Voluto. It’s a nice place and they make a fine latte. Dude likes to get some brewed special thing or other, but I’m not really into that. No, I like the big cup of goodness where they make a design in the foam. for the bagels, well Pittsburgh is not great in this department. But the bagel factory is ok. So we do that. Presto, city breakfast. Yum!

local restaurants we like–pittsburgh
May 17, 2010, 9:19 am
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We always struggle to think of where to go out to eat. Does it have veggie options? Is it really good food? Is it super expensive? And we draw a blank. And then we go to one of our faves. Lately though we’ve been experimenting a bit more and have added some new stuff to our list.

The Pines Tavern in Gibsonia. So far we’ve been here about 5 times. Always in the bar area. We’ve taken best pal, as well as best japanese pal there. The food is good. There are some vegetarian options, and they have their own garden. Cool! Last visit we noticed a huge expansion to their garden, and we saw their beehive too. Good article about them here.

Of course Mad Mexx is a staple. They have a great draft selection, and good veggie options, including the chick pea chili, referenced here..

Eleven–where it all began. A favorite, with a great cheese plate, wines, and delicious bread.

Il Pizzaiolo (no website). A very long journey for us now that we moved north and it’s WAY south. But the pizza is so worth the drive. Really excellent pizza. We love it there. We had a really wonderful night there last summer with best pal on the patio. We’ve also had many nice dinners in the wine bar out behind the main restaurant.

A great lunch place–Five Guys burgers and fries. We’ve got the order figured out. Veggie cheese sandwich, all the way plus green peppers, with extra jalapeno for me. And a regular (small) order of fries. Best if we’re there in four, for two it’s a bit too many fries. The fries are great, the sandwich yum, and at 2.99 a real bargain sandwich. The kids have a funny song for this place.

Kelly’s (no website). We haven’t been there for awhile now, but they have a great summer patio! And fish tacos. Worth a trip. We’ll be heading over there soon I think now that we’re into the summer.

Whispers Pub. Good beers on tap and the closest restaurant to us. If only I liked the food more. They do make a good black bean burger for lunch, and we took the doode’s parents in for that. But the regular ┬ámenu. Meh. Hard to get me to want to go there. They do make a good pecan ball ice cream dessert.

Legume–been there a few times for work dinners. The food is good, but it’s far east, and they could do a better job with veggie options.

Quiet Storm–the tempeh reuben hello? Yum. In the old hood, a fun place. Don’t get over there anymore. But good food and veggie to boot!

If only they could get their act together, we’d love to patronize the Double Wide grill. They have great veggie burgers! And other good food, and great beer selection. But alas, on more than one occasion we’ve had problems getting served. Apparently their kitchen is too small for the restaurant and on our last visit–after an hour of waiting, they told us it’d be another hour before they’d take our order? This was at 5:30 on a Saturday. Hello? Are you a restaurant or not? Work it out people!! It’s worth doing!!!

Latest addition to the list: Cross Keys Inn. Close enough to be our local neighborhood joint, we tried the bar last weekend. It was pretty good food. A few veggie options, a tad expensive. BUT….the desserts!! 5.00 is a great price for the best tiramisu!! We’ll be back for that reason alone I think. We asked the guy about getting more veggie options on the menu, and he replied: you know, “we follow the market.” For me that meant great everyone likes more veggie options. For the doode, this meant, listen sister, we’re in a major republican neighborhood here and they like their MEAT! Sigh. He’s probably right.