5:30 dinner scheduled in the heart of East Liberty, or is it East Side these days. My friend Tammy and I started at the bar of BRGR, which was surprisingly quiet for a Thursday happy hour. However, we soon learned why the inside was quiet. With several beers on tap, I enjoyed a cold white Belgium beer as she sipped on a glass of red. We seemlessly closed out our tab and worked over to the hostess. The plan was to sit on the rooftop deck and soak in the beautiful spring weather, but it was seated to full capacity (around 6 PM). The next best table was available, a high top along Centre Avenue (great for people watching). BRGR is a great place for folks with food allergies, as my friend made some special requests that were all met with ease. We had a duo/team serving us, 1/2 in training.
Tammy did not want the bun, but the trainee confidently offered a lettuce wrap to replace the bun. She also had an option to choose a healthier side vs. fries (which I ordered) and decided on a vinegar based coleslaw. Not for everyone, I ended up eating the majority of that slaw, mixed with raisins and carrots. My Turkey Burger was juicy and heartily topped with avocado, tomato and a sweet dressing. A great place for candid conversation, the interior of BRGR did not change much from its previous occupant, 2Red. Since its inception in the Pittsburgh market, BRGR has expanded to the North (Wexford), South (The Gallera Mall – Opening TBD) and PNC Park. There is a food truck option for catering and festivals. With higher end burger joints serving as a huge foodie trend, the price for drinks and food was a bit pricey. That would be my only constructive comment about the experience. Cheers!
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