I'm always on the lookout for a good burger, and I love whiskey. So I was looking forward to the opening of Winghart's Whiskey and Burger Bar in Market Square, tucked into the little corner space by Starbucks that used to be occupied by Buon Giorno Cafe. I think they opened earlier in the week, and I decided to give them a try today.
Sadly, there is no whiskey, yet. They are still in the process of obtaining their liquor license.
Otherwise, everything exceeded expectations. This is very much a no-frills burger bar. The narrow space opens slightly toward the back, allowing for a few tables; otherwise the place consists of the bar, with the cooks working the grill and wood-fired oven on the other side.
The burger itself was fantastic. I ordered the Market Square Burger, which came topped with gruyere, bacon, sauteed mushrooms and a homemade mustard, and was perfectly cooked to the requested medium. The 1/2 lb patty was juicy and packed with flavor. The one cook was telling me that each burger comes from the same cut of beef, which is ground in-house daily. The bun was lightly buttered, slightly toasted and stood up well to the deliciously juicy mess of beef, bacon and cheese inside.
All I got was the burger, and I left absolutely satiated. Actually, I was stuffed, but it was so good I simply had to finish it. They also make 10" thin crust pizzas in the wood-fired oven, which looked and smelled fantastic. The guy sitting next to me had an order of their fresh cut fries, which looked really good too.
Unfortunately, I think it may be a while before I get to try the pizza or fries. The burgers are too good, and I will almost certainly make my way through a number of different combinations before I move on to the other goodies. It will be tough for me to resist heading over there sometime later in the week for a good old-fashioned cheeseburger.
Verdict: I know it treads on blasphemy, but the burger at Winghart's is every bit as good as Tessaro's. Much advanced testing will need to be done, but I think Winghart's could even be better. I do know this much: Winghart's burger is the best I've had in the Central Business District. It certainly exceeds the offerings at Capital Grille or Ruth's Chris. It probably isn't as good as Eleven's, though, which I consider to be the gold-standard for burgers in the 'Burgh. In any event, if you find yourself in downtown Pittsburgh jones-ing for a burger or are looking for a new lunch spot, definitely check out Winghart's. I think you'll be pleased with your choice.
4601 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224