Bigelow Grille in Pittsburgh: A Delicious Review in Photos

 Celebrating a wedding anniversary in Pittsburgh last week was a blast- especially when it involved a restaurant with really good food. Bigelow Grille in Pittsburgh (located inside of the DoubleTree Downtown Pittsburgh hotel) was the perfect spot to celebrate for Mr. Locke and me. Great food, great drinks, and even a visit from the big man himself, Chef Zallo. Chef does such an amazing job of keeping the menu filled with regionally sourced ingredients and seasonal fare is always available.
Ready for some food porn? You got it!

Bigelow Grille was decorated for the holidays when we visited in early December. The restaurant is well lit in the morning and at lunch, but the lights are lowered for dinner to give a classier feel and ambiance. Don’t confuse classy with stuffy; there’s nothing stuffy about the restaurant.

You can visit the bar any time during the day for coffee or a quick drink, but I asked Scott, the in-house bartender to make me a special one. His choice? A Chocolate Martini. The video recipe is below.

Let’s Eat!

Bigelow Grille had me at the bread course.

I’m a sucker for soup, and Vegetable Barley was on the menu. Never one to refuse barley soup of any kind, I had to give it a go. It was really delicious. The veggies were cooked to just the right texture and the soup base was creamy and delicious.

For my main course, I had to go with Meatballs and Polenta. I’d never tried such a combination but it definitely works. I didn’t miss traditional pasta one bit.

Mr. Locke’s a meat kind of guy, so he couldn’t help but order the special of the day- New York Strip with brown rice and green beans. The steak, ordered medium rare, came to the table medium rare. It’s nice to know you get what you order.

As for the brown rice, I couldn’t tear my fork away from it.

Dessert? A beautiful bottle of Moët Champagne.

In a Nutshell

Bigelow Grille was a pleasure to dine at. I love that the restaurant has a few unusual items as well as the classics. The service was outstanding, the ambiance lovely, and the allover take of Bigelow Grille deserves two thumbs up.  Appetizers start at $7, entrees at $17, and if you want a good glass of wine or a cocktail it’ll set you back around 10 or 12 bucks.

Bigelow Grille Hours

Monday – Friday 6:00am -11:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 7:00am – 11:00pm
Bar Hours
till 12am Sunday – Thursday
1:00am Friday, Saturday
Disclosure: Mr. Locke and I received a bottle of bubbly from Bigelow Grille as an anniversary present when we dined. In no way, shape, or form did this enhance my review of the restaurant. All opinions are my own!
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