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This was a fun challenge for sure. BRGR is located near the Cranberry Mall at the site of the old Bar Louie. Upon arriving, Restaurant Manager Jesse Herrle greeted us along with the Owner Brian Pekarcik and asked what we'd like to try. We told them whatever they thought was manliest and they ended up doing it up right. Brian told us an awesome story about getting a cease and desist letter from In-N-Out Burger because he called one of his own burgers the "Double-Double Animal Style", and then sending them a letter back letting them know that he changed the name of the burger to the "Cease and Desist". There's also a burger made with foie gras that is being protested because people don't like the way that it's prepared. Brian's response? He'll stop selling it when people stop protesting. That's Bro Council, Approved. We tried both of those burgers along with the "Troy Polamalu" which is a new burger with beef, sriracha sauce, pineapple and more and the "Gobble Gobble" which is a turkey burger with stuffing, pickled green beans, cranberry aioli, and gravy. Oh, and we had chili cheese fries too.
Hungry yet? Time to break it down by category...
Ok, full disclosure time. I was really pumped for the "Cease and Desist" and I was surprised to see them bring us a turkey burger for a man's food challenge. The end result? The burger order went like this: 1) The Gobble Gobble - 2) The Troy Polamalu - 3) The Cease and Desist - 4) The Kobe Beef with Foie Gras. I was surprised that the turkey burger stood out so much, but really...this thing tasted just like Thanksgiving dinner. It was a truly outstanding burger. The Troy Polamalu was a close second with a nice blend of heat and sweet with the sriracha and pineapple. The grill marks on the pineapple were, to say the least, impressive. The Cease and Desist will probably be the burger I get when I go back - it's a half pound of beef and it's $8. Read that again...$8 - you can double it up for $7 more, but you can barely get a fast food burger for $8. The Kobe was well cooked and I'm glad we got to try the foie gras...I would probably have it without the foie gras next time though. They do get bonus points for not giving into the protestors though.
An awesome bar, an open layout, and a friendly staff are all good things. When you add in the fact that they have Church Brew Works and East End Brewery beers on tap it gives it a great local feel. Plus, it's hard to find good places to go for people in their 20's and 30's in Cranberry - BRGR has that potential.
The Fun Factor:
4 burgers, 5 patties, a Thanksgiving dinner, protested meat, and cheese fries on the side. Manliness approved. We couldn't even finish all of the meal, so there was plenty of carnage afterwards.
The Fun Factor:
BRGR was more than worthy as our first competitor in the challenge. We still have a couple spots open - if you're interested, contact us.