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Alas, the road trip had to come to an end someday. But that someday did not have to go without delicious food and our new town of Pittsburgh welcomed us with open arms and a lengthy wait at a burger place called Burgatory, in Fox Chapel. We were taken there by my family in Pittsburgh and they informed us that Burgatory simply had the best burgers in town. It was quite a claim, but one that I was eager to test in city that has “burg” in its name.

Burgatory? More like Fry-atory!
Burgatory? More like Fry-atory!

The place has a healthy number of burger options, including some unique meats like elk, bison and crab, but I was more interested in their custom menu. There were definitely some choices there to set the place apart from The Counter and the like. The biggest of which being the option to get a “Rub” for the burger, which is basically a seasoning. For my burger, I chose their regular hormone-free beef on a brioche bun, rubbed with Memphis BBQ seasoning and topped with Buffalo Cheddar, Sriracha Remoulade, a Fried Egg and Applewood Smoked Bacon. It came with homemade chips instead of fries, but we ordered a basket of Truffled Gorgonzola Pommes Frites to make up for it.

When all the food arrived and I began to have my way with it, I realized Burgatory was really something special. The fries were cooked to a perfect crisp and had just the right amount of salt, truffle and gorgonzola. The burger was cooked to a perfect medium-rare, the egg was nicely runny and the bacon was deliciously crispy. It all added up to a delicious meal and the perfect welcome to Pittsburgh. The burger bar had been set high and I was eager to taste how the rest of Pittsburgh would compare.