How do you spell it? B-R-G-R…
For a restaurant that removed all the vowels from its title dish, the same certainly doesn’t apply to any other aspect of the place. If anything, BRGR (pronounced as you would say each individual letter), is a restaurant that only adds the flavorful, the unexpected, and the unique to its menu items. The entire menu is artfully crafted, with signature and classic burgers topped with the likes of foie gras, bbq-chipotle aioli, or marinated feta cheese. And you can rest assured that the milkshakes aren’t missing anything either, especially with names like “Death by Chocolate” or “Oatmeal Cream Pie” (or my favorite, Salty Caramel!) Overall, what BRGR lacks in vowels, it makes up for in so many other ways. Of course, a restaurant like this is worthy of only the best of friends, so my pal Mark Pavic was my go-to for this burger paradise.
The atmosphere of BRGR is very flexible: sliding garage doors can be opened, letting in cool breezes across a display of desert art during the summer. During the winter, the doors can be closed, and the music turned up for a cozy club-like space. Either way, the comfortably spaced seating, and plentiful bar space is perfect for a variety of occasions.
The service was friendly, but much too prompt and overwhelming for us to enjoy our meal in enough time. By the time we were two bites into our appetizers, our main course was already out! Timing is something the staff needs to work on for sure.
The quality of nearly everything was superb. My Salty Caramel (spiked) milkshake was rich and delicious. The appetizer (poutine) had a perfect ratio of cheese curds to gravy. And my burger (The Steakhouse), in addition to being very tasty, held its weight without being too big to bite.
For a gourmet burger, fries, and shake, the price is what you expect, although not necessarily what you would want to pay.
BRGR is an exceptional hamburger restaurant, spinning a unique take on classic dishes. I would highly recommend a visit to anyone of their locations (even in PNC Park!)
I’m not sure if it’s because I was starving or because the shake was really that good, but the Death by Chocolate Shake was the best milkshake I’ve ever had. The chunks of brownie mixed in really added to it—I definitely plan to go back just for the shake.
When it came time to order food, we order the Grilled Cheese Bites as one of our appetizers. Compared to the rest of the food, these weren’t the best—but that could have just been because everything else tasted really good. Overall, I can’t really think of anything else that needs improvement.
I would call BRGR an “upscale Burgatory” [another local burger chain, review coming soon]. Really it can be a restaurant for anyone looking for a good burger and hangout joint, but it fits really well into the college/young adult vibe that East Liberty has been attracting recently.
For my meal, I ordered the Smokehouse Bison burger. I requested it be cooked medium with the jalapenos on the side. Burgers are usually my go-to when I go out to eat, so I have a lot of burgers to compare it to! This burger definitely falls into my top five.
Mark is originally from Johnstown, PA and is currently a Junior at the University of Pittsburgh pursing a double major in marketing and supply chain management with a certificate in digital media.
BRGR is a funky and refreshing take on the hamburger restaurant, serving up delicious burgers, fries, shakes, beers, and more in 5 different locations around the Pittsburgh area. To learn more about the menu, check out their website: http://brgrpgh.com/