Monday, July 15, 2013

I Just Had Brunch (feat. Shiloh)

Sundays in our household have recently evolved from "that dreaded day before Monday" to "that AWESOME day we get to have BRUNCH!"

A few F.O.R.T.S and I have started something of a Brunch Club here in the 'burgh and we're making really great headway. Yesterday, we headed to the tippy top of Mt. Washington to check out the brunch buffet at Shiloh Grill.

It such was a beyond gorgeous day, I could see Blawnox from the Overlook.

But, in all honesty, I wasn't there for the views. I was there for the booze.

To me, brunch is accurately defined by its combination of breakfast and lunch options... but not without alcoholic breakfast themed beverages. My a.m. alcohol of choice comes in the form of a Bloody Mary. And they do 'em right at Shiloh.  You have your choice of the Bloody we all know and love, or the Bacon & Egg Bloody which comes with a poached egg and - you guessed it - bacon. Right there in the drink. It's a meal in itself! I took the cowardly road and went with a classic Bloody which was robust and flavorful, fairly spicy, and definitely strong.

Bloody Mary
Your first Bloody Mary or frozen Mimosa, which I've heard is quite refreshing (I wouldn't know... oranges and all), is included in the $14 brunch price. After that, all Bloodies are 1/2 off on Sundays! How morbidly phenomenal!

After we took a few sips, we went upstairs to check out the scene. A small room held a few stations of cold apps (salmon & cream cheese, fruit & veggies), bread options (bagels, muffins & croissants), hot yummies (breakfast & lunch options alike) and an omlete station. I tried to go for an array...

Waffle with raspberry compote, locks and cream cheese, sausage gravy & biscuit

Mac & Cheese, Ham BBQ Slider, bacon

I was beyond satisfied with my meal! The Mac and Cheese was by far the shining star of both plates. They use big noodles which were cooked just past al dente and a variety of cheeses (I definitely tasted white cheddar in there...). The Ham BBQ slider came with a kick from the jalepeno cole slaw. My sausage gravy was certainly unique. It tasted a bit more herb-y than I'm used to and was definitely very creamy. I loved it! And the bacon... well the bacon. Crisped to perfection, a great thickness. It didn't really taste like it came from a chaffing dish at all.

The entire Brunch buffet will cost you $14 and that includes your first Bloody or Mimosa!

Restaurant Info:
Shiloh Grill
123 Shiloh St.
(412) 431-4000 

Mon - Thurs 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Same day not taken. Call way ahead or just show up.

Overall Opinion:
The service was great, the brunch buffet offered a fair and delicious selection, the drinks were strong and refreshing. I left there feeling like I got what I came for! Definitely a great place to check out for al fresca dining, brunch, and great cocktails.

Brunch Buddies Rating*:

*From here on out, all brunch posts will be rated by my entire Brunch Club on a score out of 5. We'll compare them to other brunches as opposed to other restaurants in general.

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