We rolled ourselves out to the street and into the car, drove to Pitt, broke for an institutional lunch that we picked at, toured the campus and the city (see the[url='http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=30864&whichpage=6']Miscellaneous/Food related/Pittsburgh Memories of the 2,000,000...[/url] thread, page 6 for pictures of the campus and city), met a friend and chatted, and then in late afternoon headed over to Tessaro's in Bloomfield for dinner.
Tessaro's is dark inside; the small camera was having a hard time with autofocus and white balance, so the pictures aren't as good as I'd like.
MJ never, ever orders a hamburger for dinner in a restaurant; at my urging, she ordered a hamburger. She may never order one again, but she's glad she ordered one here!
How are the burgers at Tessaro's?
Big. Half pound.
Condimented properly. 2 tomato slices, one thin red onion slice from the center. Leaf lettuce, mayo on the side.
Juicy. If you order well done, they advise you to wait at least 20 minutes, and it is described on the menu as “dry”... I bet they don't get many orders for well done. Medium-well is described as “no pink, still juicy”. I got medium rare, MJ #1 got medium, MJ #2 got medium well, and all were what we ordered.
Flavorful. Fire grilled. Meaty, steaky, beefy. One of the best in America? Who knows, I haven't eaten everywhere. But if I made this burger at home, I would be really damn proud of myself. It is one damn fine hamburger.
That was it; no desserts, my hb1ac levels are up and I had the pancakes already that day. We left town during rush hour (which is driving hell in Pittsburgh's decentralized neighborhood layout), finally got free of town and drove home satisfied!