Friday, June 22, 2012

Do Le Brew

PID and I have recently fallen in love with the South Side Works. After the riverwalk renovations were complete, the Works turned in to one of our favorite places to take TOP-Dawg for walks and enjoy the outdoors.

PID and TOP-Dawg at Southside River Walk

Last week, we finally decided to rent a few bikes and ride around the city. It was by far my favorite day of the summer. Sunshine and the wind in our hair as we took in the the city from a new angle was such a great way to spend the day. But after a few hours of riding we found ourselves dying for a yummy meal.  So after returning our bikes, we headed across Carson Street to Le Brew House.

Golden Triangle Bike Rental, $8/hour or $30/day
It was just one of those places we'd seen over and over, but never stopped in. We figured it was about time to do it.

The place is very charming. It's got a dive-bar feel (that's a compliment in my eyes) without the dive-bar look. Outdoor seating, a spacious bar and a really adorable dining area (complete with fairy lights and a stage which often boasts live bands) come together to create a very comforting atmosphere. Not 5 minutes after sitting down, I was already telling PID I wanted to return.

The feeling continued after we received our fried zucchini appetizer. There was lots of flavor packed into these little puppies!
Fried Zucchini, $7.99
I've had an awful lot of flavorless zucchs in my day and typically see them cut in to flimsy planks with the breading drooping off. Not the case at Le Brew. The slices were round (which means more work in slicing, breading and frying for the prep cooks, believe it or not!) and extremely crispy. PID loved the marinara whilst I opted for some creamy delicious ranch, but didn't truly need it at all!

PID went with the Mika Brew Burger to fill his belly with carbs and protein after a long bike ride. The Mike Burger makes eating breakfast for dinner cool again by smothering a deliciously cooked, half-pound, hand-formed burger with a fried egg and bacon (not to mention the provolone cheese). This burger sang to PID from the menu and continued to be music to his ears, bite after bite.

Mika Brew Burger, $9.49
I went for the Roast Beef Sandwich to pay homage to my love of the French Dip.  While it took on a slightly different appeal than what I'm used to, the sandwich was delightful and filling, which is exactly what I needed.  The round kaiser roll vessel made it tough to "dip" in the au jus and I was hoping for just a touch more flavor in the drippings, but the horseradish in the sandwich more or less made up for any "almost" lack of flavor.

Roast Beef Sandwich, $8.99
Of course, no post bike-ride meal would be complete without a post bike-ride beverage.  I will admit the name of the bar eluded to a much more significant beer selection. I wasn't quite as impressed as I'd expected to be, but I heard a small rumor that the bar is actually named after a family named Le Brew and not the tap list as I had originally thought. I'll have to do some digging to find out whether or not this is true.

I opted for a raspberry margarita, but was unable to get a frozen version. Still hit the spot on a hot day!

Raspberry Margarita on the rocks, $5 during happy hour

Restaurant Info:
Le Brew House
Address: 2512 East Carson Street
Phone: 412-488-2223
Reservations: Not needed, but get there before the band goes on or you'll struggle for a seat
Hours: Closed Monday
            Tuesday & Wednesday 11 a.m. -  10 p.m.
            Thursday & Friday 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.
            Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
            Sunday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Price: $$

Cliffs Notes:
Fried Zucchini: $7.99
Mika Brew Burger: $9.49
Roast Beef Sandwich: $8.99
Margarita: $5.00
Magic Hat: $4.00
Tax (7% in Allegheny County + alcohol tax) @ $2.48
Tip: $8.00
Total for two: $45.95

Overall Opinion:
We loved the atmosphere and the yummy bar food totally hit the spot. This is the perfect place to stop for happy hour, grab a sandwich or catch some live music.  It's not too crowded that you can't enjoy yourself, either. When reviewing our menu, we quickly planned our next trip - during Brunch.  PID and I are constantly looking for new, unique places to have Sunday brunch. Le Brew House offers breakfast 6 days/week and promises delicious Bloody Mary's.  I'm quite excited to come back and check them out!

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