Since I was not my usual over-prepared self, we did not have reservations and had an hour wait. To be fair it was about 6:30PM on a Saturday night, so I wasn't surprised. I was however, pleasantly surprised by the waiting system they had set up. Their scheduling book was on an iPad and sent me texts to let me know my estimated wait, when my table was ready, and then post-meal a thank you text for visiting the restaurant. During our wait we decided to take a stroll around the mall, which is an outdoor strip mall. We used up about 20 min or so reading magazines in the neighboring Barnes & Noble and then perused the Wine & Spirits for any tempting buys (I did end up buying a few more bottle of my new favorite Alentejo).
Once we tired of walking about we returned to Burgatory and found a seat at their bar for the remainder of our wait. As a side note, Burgatory and it's bar are not very large. It is a smaller sized restaurant, but has a great atmosphere. At the bar, Rob was pleased to find several of his favorite hoppy beers on tap, such as Green Flash IPA and Victory Hop Wallop. I decided to start with a Strawberry Shag which was a divine vodka-based cocktail that had fresh strawberry and basil in it. The description warns that they go down too easy and boy was it right. I had finished it without even realizing it, so decided to switch to a shake for dinner.
Once we were seated we perused the menu. Although there were many delicious burgers on the menu, we could resist taking advantage of the custom burger option (Figure 1).
|Figure 1: Burgatory Custom Order Menu. Rob Hall, 2011.|
|Figure 2: The AMAZING Puppy Chow milkshake.|
|Figure 3: Rob's custom burger with fries.|
|Figure 4: Cas's custom order with chips.|
Overall, I would rate this restaurant as GREAT! This one is definitely being added into our regular restaurant rotation. But be advised, bring a big appetite because you're going to want to eat everything and a lot of it!
For more information on Burgatory Bar:
FB page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Burgatory-Bar/
Phone: (412) 781-1456
Address: 932 Freeport Rd, Waterworks Mall, Pittsburgh PA 15238