My quest for the best burger in the City of Pittsburgh took me to Wingharts Burger and Whiskey Bar…
Pictured left is an artist’s rendering of the “Shipwrecked Burger,” the staple burger of Winghart’s. Winghart’s is a very casual, order up front, find yourself a seat in the back, burger shack. The staff was very polite and friendly, and the grill masters had an excellent handle on the situation. The menu focuses on Burgers and Pizza, two of my favorite food groups, and offers a make-your-own pizza or burger option. I elected to go with the chef’s invention: the Shipwrecked Burger.
This burger has a lot of competing flavors. Brie cheese, caramelized onions, bacon, arugula, and white truffle aioli. Unfortunately, these flavors didn’t maintain their individuality throughout the burger. The melted brie, caramelized onion, and white truffle oil were completely masked by the strong flavor of the bacon. If I could award points for creativity and originality, I would do that in this case. However, a harsh and objective burger scoring system like ours leaves little room for romance. The burger was served hot, and the middle was pink, which is how I like it. The bun and arugula did little to add to the overall flavor. In sum, I would say that this burger was pretty good, but not great.
At $ 11.50, this burger is well overpriced, and I wouldn’t order it again. When I go back to Winghart’s in the future, I will be trying something different and less expensive. Because these burgers are all served Ala Carte, I think that this entire menu may be a bit overpriced. I can’t be certain, though, until I try the pizza.
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|Reviewer||Burger Score||Review||Official Score Sheet|
|Pitts-Burgers||7.1||Nice Downtown Location, Upstairs Patio Overlooking Market Square|
By Andrew Capone