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East Liberty's BRGR spikes the classic burger and shake combination

We at Pop City are perpetual seekers of new places to get a juicy burger crafted from locally sourced ingredients, especially places where we can wash down said burger with an imaginative cocktail. Mistake not this cornerstone of the journalistic tradition for gluttony. Thankfully, the folks over at Spoon in East Liberty opened a neighboring lounge in October called BRGR (gt t?) that satisfies both desires in a contemporary, yet unpretentious setting.

All of BRGR's ingredients come from within 30 miles, including their specially ground meats and signature Challah buns. "We hand craft the burgers in house with a blend that is a mix of chuck, sirloin, New York strip, and rib eye," says chef and co-owner Brian Pekarcik. "We just try to really have fun with the menu and create a different kind of burger."

It shows with menu items like the Gobble Gobble, a turkey burger dressed with stuffing and cranberry aioli. You can't be sure what surprises await you though, as BRGR's menu rotates based on resources and culinary whimsy. The bar specializes in adults-only milkshakes and floats. That's right, a boozeified twist on the 1950's burger and shake combo hath arrived at 5997 Penn Circle South.

The 3,200-square-foot lounge space contains a dining room with seating for 65 and a separate bar area with seating for 16. The interior, created by Jen Bee Design, features a variety of sleek accents and touches with a great deal of craft iron work courtesy of Millvale's Red Star Ironworks. In addition, BRGR has a rooftop patio that can seat 40 when the climate permits. We patiently hope for one more freak bout of warm weather.

BRGR is open Monday through Thursday from noon to midnight, Friday and Saturday from noon to 1 a.m., and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. They, like Anthony Bourdain before them, offer no reservations.

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Writer: John Farley
Source: Brian Pekarcik, BRGR

Photograph copyright John Farley

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