Monday, December 9, 2013
I love a good burger and over the past few years a ton of new up-scale burger restaurants have opened around the Pittsburgh area. At least they are as "up-scale" as a burger joint gets. I've touted the great burgers at Winghart's, BRGR, the Union Grill, and of course my favorite, Tessaro's. Well, I have a new favorite-Burgatory.
I recall making the trip to the original location in Fox Chapel. When we got there and realized it was in a shopping center we made the decision to have lunch down the road at Bob's Garage (another great place too!). Turns out, leaving the shopping center was a mistake.
This time we went to the newest location in Robinson Township. The restaurant is a comfortable, modern decor with a mix of tables surrounded by booths and a large bar in the middle. While they offer full bar service it appears to me that this place is mostly about the food. The menu offers 10 burger selections or you can build your own from a checklist where you choose each ingredient to create your own custom creation.
Stacy and I ordered off the menu and went with the Standard Deluxe and the Morty's Steakhouse. Here are the descriptions from the menu:
STANDARD DELUXE* $9
All Natural Beef Burger with White American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion & our House Burger Sauce.
MORTY’S STEAKHOUSE* $11
Peppercorn Crusted Beef Burger with Horseradish Cheddar, Haystack Onions & Cabernet Sauce. Like the greatest steak dinner you’ve ever had reincarnated as a burger
When you order, instead of the ambiguious rare, med rare, med, med well, and well you simply choose to have you burger cooked either red, pink, or no pink. I like that. In addition, the burgers are served with homemade potato and sweet potato chips. Of course fry's and a variety of other sides are available. There are also a few salads and a veggie and crab burger, but none of those options were considered by us!
Both of us loved our burgers. Really loved our burgers. To the point that we each think these may have been the best we have ever had...(sorry Tessaros). Since it was only one trip, I'm not going to rate it the best, but I'm going back, for sure.
Burgatory is located near the WalMart in the Robinson Town Center.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
The All Clad Factory sale is currently going on at the Washington County Fairgrounds, just South of Pittsburgh. I usually go every year and search for values. The problem with cookware that lasts forever, is that pretty soon you run out of things you need. Then you start to buy stuff like a roasting pan with a 3 tier rack.
You could say that when you buy a roasting pan with a 3 tier rack, you already have too much All Clad. I choose to not think so.
I have had some people ask me if the sale is worthwhile. First off, you will have to wait in line, but if you go at the right time the wait will be minimal. People tend to get there in the morning thinking the selection will be better, but I've found that going at 2 or 3 in the afternoon works best. As far as selection, the nice folks at the sale restock the sales room continually throughout the day, so selection is pretty much the same.
Realistically, I don't think many of these are sold for $380, but I did see this one in Macys for $259.99.
You may think that even with a serious discount, spending almost a hundred dollars for a stock pot is crazy, and you may be right, but these are really great kitchen utensils that provide great performance and will last a lifetime.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Stacy and I went to Lawrenceville last night to catch some music and decided to stop at Nied's Hotel on Butler street. Nied's has been a landmark for many years, and it's been so many years since I've been there that I couldn't even remember which door served the restaurant and which one went to the bar. We chose the right one, and had a great view of the band (Jimmy Alder Blues Band) from our seats at the bar.
I was hungry and couldn't resist the fish sandwich which is the house specialty. So typical of Pittsburgh fish, it was great! Pretty big too.
The menu was interesting with notable choices in addition to the fish such as Fried Jumbo, Pierogies, and Braunschweiger on Rye. All at rock bottom prices. This really is a great local restaurant and bar. A few years ago, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette called Nied's "Perhaps the most perfect neighborhood bar in a city full of 'em".
Nied's is right on Butler Street in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh.
Friday, November 22, 2013
The winter All Clad factory sale is almost here! This year it will be held on December 6th and 7th at the Washington County fair grounds, which is about 30 or 40 miles south of Pittsburgh. If you are a fan of their cookware and are in the area, it's worth the trip.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
It's pumpkin time again, and one of my favorite treats is roasted pumpkin seeds. I've tried several different recipes, but here is my favorite. The flavor should be a bit sweet, and a bit spicy at the same time. Be careful not to use too much cayenne to start...You can always add a bit more!
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Take about 1 1/2 cups of washed pumpkin seeds and spread on a lightly oiled baking sheet, lightly salt and bake for 25 minutes.
While they are baking, mix together in a bowl two tablespoons of sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, ginger and cumin, then add just a pinch of ground cayenne pepper and set aside.
When the seeds are baked, add a couple of teaspoons of olive oil to a frying pan along with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the pumpkin seeds and cook until the sugar starts to caramelize and the seeds are slightly brown. Stir the caramelized seeds into the spice mixture in the bowl. Taste and add a bit more cayenne if desired.