|The Shipwreck burger on a side of fries.|
The most popular first sentence in a blog is: "Sorry I've been away from my blog for a while." So there, you have it. I've been in a lot of physical and emotional pain. I fell on ice while shoveling snow and shortly after an important relationship ended abruptly. These were not reasons not to write, but they seemed like good excuses to not do anything that makes me happy.
April can be an odd month for weather in Pittsburgh. I tell people that you experience every season in April, so it's one of my favorite months. So, we saw a sunny Sunday with a high in the 80s. And now the forecast shows a week of sullen, grey and damp weather. But soon enough, the sun will be blinding and the heat and humidity will carry the smells of Summer into the streets.
I had to go downtown to argue my case against what I though was a ridiculous parking ticket. Someone I know from Twitter saw my location and asked me if I'd like to get lunch. We'd never met, but we're both cooks and have shared a lot of opinions on food in this town. I suggested Winghart's, a burger grill in Market Square, one of several newer burger joints that have opened recently in Pittsburgh. It really gave me something to look forward to.
|Waiting for over an hour in Parking Court, for nothing.|
|Wingharts in the corner of Market Square Downtown.|
|The "Crew" from my second visit. Blue (left) and Captain (right).|
A friendly grill cook named Shipwreck was on deck, expediting orders and coordinating a few other cooks. It didn't take long until we were handed our burgers in cardboard boxes and sat outside in front of the place in the cool air. I took a bite and said "This is a great F'ing burger." I said that a few times. We both agreed. My new friend and I found that we had a lot in common. We're looking to do something new in Pittsburgh and we shared these ideas. It was exciting to talk about the places he'd worked and a couple of people we knew in common.
|The Market Square Burger. A good choice.|
I'll be back soon enough to write up the details and take fancy pictures. I'm not sure that I'll ever come around to trying one of their pizzas, as the burger was just that good. But it's nice to know that I can bring a vegetarian friend along and not worry about limited options.
So, I'll keep on writing, if you keep reading. There are so many places I've been and people I've met that I want to write about. Writing is therapeutic. But it still won't keep me from tearing up when I hear "The Two of Us" by the Beatles. Time is also therapy, and hamburgers.
|Oh, and they have their liquor license.|
Munch's review of Winghart's in the Post-Gazette
China Millman's article on Pittsburgh Burgers in the Post-Gazette