Thursday, July 21, 2011

Restaurant Review: Burgatory Bar

Rob and I have been trying to explore new (or new to us) restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. On this past Saturday, July 17th, Burgatory Bar was graced with our presence. To start off with, the restaurant is located in the Aspinwall neighborhood of Pittsburgh at the Waterworks Mall. This meant that there was a short drive (only about 10-15 min), but also ample parking, that was FREE. This was a big positive in my book as it can be quite difficult to find parking in Pittsburgh and often it is at meters, but I digress.

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.
While we ticked off boxes for our favorite toppings and such, we ordered some onion rings to start and I ordered my shake (Figure 2). I went for the shake of the day which was a "Puppy Chow" shake, and of course I chose the option to have it spiked with some chocolate liqueur. For those of you not familiar with puppy chow, it is typically a mixture of Chex cereal, chocolate chips and peanut butter all melted together. Let me say here, this shake was AMAZING!
Figure 2: The AMAZING Puppy Chow milkshake.
Now for the main event. Rob ordered a custom bison burger with smoked gouda, applewood smoke bacon, a fried egg, BBQ sauce and jalapenos on a wheat bun (Figure 3). Pretty much a heart-attack on the plate, but he does a lot of running, so I think his heart can handle it for now. As for myself, I chose a crab cake burger with horseradish cheddar, poblano pepper and avocado wasabi on a wheat bun (Figure 4). My burger sounds a bit more tame, but as you can see from the picture, it was not in any way tiny or what I would call healthy. The avocado wasabi wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but the crab cake was gorgeous.
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:
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Phone: (412) 781-1456
Address: 932 Freeport Rd, Waterworks Mall, Pittsburgh PA 15238


  1. Hi! Thanks for adding me on Dailymile :) It't always nice to meet another Pittsburgher!

    I haven't been to Burgatory yet, but from what you say it looks awesome!

  2. I'm new to blogging and dailymile, so I'm trying to branch out and find more local restaurants and local athletes. Thanks for checking out my blog :) BrGr is also a nice place, I just haven't gotten around to writing my review of it yet