Pittsburgh has come a long way from it's origins as a dingy steel town. In recent years it has been booming- many large companies have been moving in, and the downtown area is built up, and has an abundance of jobs available. The city is built densely, but does not feel crowded or dirty in comparison to the much bigger cities of the East Coast, such as New York. As an up and coming city, Pittsburgh has, naturally become the home to a large number of restaurants. Pittsburgh is also a city with a love for professional sports that rivals that of New York- the downtown area features three major sports venues all within walking distance of each other. With that in mind, paying a visit to a sports-themed restaurant seemed a natural choice.
Jerome Bettis Grille 36 is named for football legend Jerome "The Bus" Bettis. As such, the menu features big, bold flavors, and a few over-the-top sized portions. There were some interesting novelty selections, such as the "ultimate mac and cheese" or the "soon to be famous deep fried hamburger" - as well as a fair number of more high-brow choices, such as mine- the Blackened Ahi Tuna.
To wash it down, the menu features an interesting selection of beers, both local and otherwise- so I went with a bottle of Pennsylvania's Erie Railbender Ale- which turned out to be a somewhat mild ale with interesting sour notes. It wasn't the best ale ever, but it was good enough for the day.
|Yes, this is the Baseball Stadium in Pittsburgh, the football arena would've been a better match for this article, but PNC park was on the way, so that's the photo you get!|
The overall food quality was high for the moderate price level, I would rank it high against your average chain restaurant, and closer to average for a more high-end place. It has a fun, casual, atmosphere that makes it a good place to stop for some good food and drink and to watch the game- I can see it being popular for the after-work crowd, or the "on the way to the game" crowd.