Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Beer Nutz - Restaurant Review

Beer Nutz Bottle Shop, is located between Blawnox and Aspinwall (and near the Waterworks Mall), otherwise known as O"Hara Township or Fox Chapel. Here, I'll make it easy for you - just plug this into your GPS: 1335 Freeport Road, O'Hara Twp, PA 15238. (you're welcome).
The atmosphere is cool, relaxed, and fun. Big screen TV's airing the latest sporting events, and coolers of bottles so that you can select your own beverage. But there is more to do here than just eat and drink (well, sort of...). On the weekends, from 6-8pm, you can come and enjoy live acoustic music. Book club and knitting club not your thing? Join the beer club! Additionally, Beer Nutz offers other events such as beer and cheese samplings, fundraisers, and much more. Sound like a fun place to hang out? It is.

The bottle shop has noteworthy selection of craft beers, micro brew, and other beers you may have never heard of at reasonable prices. Want more? Beer Nutz has growlers available (prices vary depending on the brew). Want even more? Conveniently connected to the bottle shop it the Beer Nutz beer distributor with towers of cases of beer. The building is a temple of beer.

The menu is a creative grouping of traditional delicious bar food, along with some unexpected items such as Ahi Tuna Rolls, Apple Blue Cheese Salad with candied walnuts, and a hummus platter with feta cheese, pepperocini, tomatoes and flat bread. I was particularly impressed with the salads. Each is served with beautiful, leafy garden greens and fancy kalamata olives. I guess I was expecting a bed of iceberg lettuce from a bag... needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Other menu item worth mentioning (and eating!) are the cheeseburger soup, the Crosby club, the Hawaiian Chicken Sandwich, the Greek burger, the wings, and last but not least, the fresh cut fries. The fries at Beer Nutz are perfection: rustic looking with a crispy outside and soft inside. They are first blanched, and then flash fried for a golden brown finish.

There are eleven tantalizing burger choices on the menu, including the most notable item on the menu, The Ruination Burger. A grilled burger topped with onion rings, lettuce, tomato, fried egg and bacon, served between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Did you catch that last part? Served between two grilled cheese sandwiches!! Though an impressive totem pole of a sandwich, I don't see myself ordering this sandwich anytime soon. For one it looks difficult to eat, and secondly, I think my arteries would oppose this decision greatly. I like the idea of having a "challenging" item on the menu - perhaps we should call the Man v. Food guy on the Travel Channel.

You're hungry now, aren't you? Thirsty for a brewski? Both? Beer Nutz is open from 11-10 Monday - Thursday; 11-Midnight on Fridays and Saturday, and 12-8 on Sunday. You can also follow Beer Nutz on
Twitter and Facebook to keep up with all they have going on. See you there!
Beer Nutz Bottle Shoppe & Grille on Urbanspoon

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