The Harris Grill is a popular bar / restaurant in the Shadyside neighborhood, famously known for its Tuesday night “Bacon Night”. That’s right… every Tuesday night starting at 6:30, baskets of fresh, crispy, fried bacon can be had for free if you sit at the bar. If you sit at a table, baskets of bacon are a buck. You’d be surpised how many baskets of bacon you can stuff down your throat when your drinking a few beers. Bacon goes great with just about everything, and beer is no exception.
But Harris Grill has some other great features other than free bacon. The bar always has a good (and varied) selection of craft beers on tap and in bottles. They also make great frozen cosmos, martinis, bloody mary’s, and whiskey sours.
If you’re hungry, they have a pretty good sized menu. I can’t say that I’ve eaten here too many times, but from what I can remember, most of the food was pretty good – nothing special, but lots of food that goes great with some drinks – pork sliders, burgers, chicken nuggets, and homemade mac and cheese are some of the items that I can remember… But if you’re looking for a good laugh, sit back and read the menu items and the descriptions that go along with them. (I think most of the menu can be found online here.)
Besides the food and drinks, the atmosphere is always pretty fun and friendly. The place really comes alive in the summer, with the large outdoor seating in the front and back. It’s a great place to sit outside and have a drink after work or on a sunny weekend.
Harris Grill Brunch
A few Sundays ago, I met my friend Will (a Harris Grill regular) out to try their brunch. Brunch starts at 10am on Sunday and it is served until 2pm. We arrived just after noon and there was a pretty long line to wait for a seat, but we were able to sneak in and sit at the bar.
If you order from the brunch menu ($14) – you’re meal comes with a complimentary tea or coffee, plus a fresh squeezed oj, frozen mimosa, or bloody mary. We both went with the bloody mary.
As far as our meals, I went with the eggs benedict – served with a side of potatoes. They were delicious, and sitting here looking at the picture is making me hungry again.
Will, on the other hand, was not as impressed with his food. He tried the chicken and waffles, but he wasn’t too happy with the swollen, batter dipped chicken. Rather than serving a piece of fried chicken with a waffle, as is normally the case with chicken and waffles… the chicken seemed to be dipped in pancake batter and fried. The result was some sort of giant, donut like piece of chicken. It looked like fair food. He wasn’t able to finish it, but the waffle at least looked good.
Despite the donut-chicken fiasco, it was an overall good experience. After a couple of bloody mary’s and a few draft beers, I ended the day with a PBR pounder. It doesn’t get much better.