My quest for the best burger in the City of Pittsburgh took me to Hemingway’s…
Hemingway’s is a classic Pittsburgh college bar. The great drink and food values, the casual young crowd, and the laid back atmosphere, all set in the middle of the University of Pittsburgh campus reemphasize what was abundantly clear when I first stepped foot into Hemingway’s. This is a truely great college dive. Like most college bars, this atmosphere changes drastically from day to night. What is laid back and casual during the day, is often jam packed and high intensity at night. Because college nightlife isn’t my scene anymore, I am more than happy to stick with daytime visits to Hemmingway’s; but if I were a bit younger, not being interested in the filth and fear promulgated by the Southside, I would probably evening at Hemingway’s on a regular basis.
The burger at Hemingway’s was a great value first and a good burger second. On a Friday afternoon (midday food specials), burgers at Hemmingway’s are half price, and I did not hesitate to order the Philly Burger prepared medium rare, all coming in at just around four bucks. On top of the great food value, the draft beer special of the day was $2.00 Sierra Nevada’s, and to my surprise, the beer tasted fresh and the taps must have been cleaned recently. The quality of the burger was clearly not very high, the beef was a bit greasy, and the bun was slightly stale, but melted provolone and sautéed onions and pepper were absolutely delicious. Overall the toppings created a delicious flavor, the fries were extra crispy and well seasoned, and by the end of the meal I was extremely satisfied with my burger.
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