Always on the lookout for “that place on the corner,” as I passed Redbeard’s Bar and Grill, I knew I had found my spot. It didn’t hurt that I was starving, either.
The bar was nice, and I could imagine on a Friday evening, this place was hoppin’.
The weather was beautiful, though, so we opted to sit on the patio.
The food all looked great, but after the pizza at Milano Pizza, I decided that a heavy lunch probably wasn’t in my best interest. I went with a salad and a side of homemade potato chips. Not just any salad, though, but the Gyro Salad.
The gyro salad, honestly, wasn’t anything to write home about, from a salad perspective, but the meat was exquisite. I can’t tell you the last time I had meat that well-seasoned. Pittsburgh is full of little ethnic pockets, and I’m sure there’s a large Greek population SOMEWHERE in the city (the Eastern Orthodox churches are generally a dead giveaway), but I didn’t feel like I was sitting in the heart of a Greek neighborhood. It didn’t matter, though, the gyro meat was the best I’d had in years.
The potato chips were good, but not great. They were a little overdone, actually. I like mine a little on the underdone side, so they might have been great for someone, but just not for me. They were seasoned well, though, with light salt and a touch of either season-all or Old Bay; not really sure which.
While it wasn’t the golden nugget I’m always looking for when I stop someplace like this, it’s certainly someplace that I would recommend to anyone popping through the neighborhood. From the Urbanspoon rating, however, I would say I’m in the minority.