My quest for the best burger in the City of Pittsburgh took me to Braddock’s…
Braddock’s American Brasserie, a ‘Pittsburgh Upscale’ casual fine dining restaurant, is conveniently set at the far corner of the cultural district, in the mezzanine level of the Renaissance Hotel. We didn’t arrive for dinner until around 9 pm, and by that time the restaurant was more or less empty. In my experience, being in a mostly vacant restaurant as it approaches closing time is not always a recipe for friendly staff or service; but this evening at Braddock’s, I was blown away by the exceptional service we received. Our waitress was friendly and accommodating, and she made the meal that much more enjoyable. Our table of four had a casual and comfortable meal, and our experience at Braddock’s was exceptional.
I ordered the Pittsburgher, which was served with sautéed sweet onions, a Buffalo Chicken Pierogi, and a slice of cheese, all between two halves of a perfectly toasted extra fluffy brioche bun. The bun held up well against the burger, it was toasted well enough that it never became soggy, and its fluffy makeup provided an excellent flavor cushion for the whole burger experience. My only major criticism of this burger is that its cheese provided nothing positive. This cheese had no distinct flavor, and in its melted condition, it made the burger a slippery, almost greasy. In this situation, with the onions and the pierogi headlining the flavor, the cheese is unnecessary. Overall, this was a very good burger, I had a positive experience, and I am sure that I will return to Braddock’s to try some of their other offerings.
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By Andrew Capone