(Today starts another 30 minus 2 writing challenge. This post will be up for the afternoon, after which the Snapshot Saturday will be up.)
When I travel, I usually like to seek out a few things.
Local hot dog joints.
Sure, I love a steak house or something along those lines, too, but despite becoming employed in the past few months, it’s not like I’m rich or anything. Far from it,in fact.
Still, these types of joints are what really do it for me. A week ago, I was in Pittsburgh to attend the WWE Royal Rumble. With a friend who drives truck for WWE, I had the chance to score some sweet tickets.
I wasn’t driving all that way for one night, though. We extended it to two days and saw another show the night before (Ring of Honor) and also had the chance to find some good places to eat.
We arrived on Friday night at about 9:45 p.m. and wanted to find something close to the hotel. The day before, I had searched for some decent spots and I stumbled across Burgatory. The website looked awesome, so it was the perfect choice.
Stepping inside made me realize this might be the perfect burger joint.
The menu was excellent. The shakes, too, were incredible. I got the caramel pretzel shake (don’t knock if it you don’t try it) and it was positively delicious.
As for the meal…
The menu was hard to choose from as there were so many good things. Alas, I ended up not ordering from the menu, per say. There are pads and pencils at each table. On the pad is a checklist … to create your own burger.
This was cool because there were so many options. Of course many cost a little extra, but this was a time to live it up a tad. The funny part is my burger easily could have reached $25. Instead, I kept it under $20, which is good as I had a hard time finishing (I actually left a little behind).
This was a wonderful display in what you can do with a hamburger, though.
All the choices. I got applewood smoked bacon. Pineapple, grilled. And for the cheese? Smoked Gouda. Seriously. Smoked freakin’ Gouda! And it wasn’t just a little piece melted. It was a larger piece, all on the burger (wagyu beef) and you could see it’s awesomeness.
My only issue is the cook temp wasn’t fully consistent. It was much redder than I asked for in the middle and the ends were darker. That being said, it was a wonderful burger. The roll was divine.
The shake. The burger. And a great waitress. Those three things made this a wonderful stop and one I’d do again.
Especially with smoked Gouda on the burger!
This is part of We Work for Cheese’s annual writing challenge. Despite what might be blamed, I had nothing to do with it. Go check them out for other crazy writers doing this challenge.
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