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Station Square is one of Pittsburgh’s older buildings, having formerly housed a train station and currently housing some of the nicest stained glass in town. It also houses the Gandy Dancer Saloon, which should not at all be confused with the Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor that was also connected in history and proximity to a railway. This Gandy Dancer is certainly nothing fancy, a bar with mostly seafood options, but since I’m not exactly a fancy man this seemed right up my alley.

I decided to buck the seafood and order their Tavern Burger. In hindsight, this was a huge mistake, but that is for a bit later. For the now, the burger was a 1/2 pound of beef, topped with bacon, cheddar, lettuce and tomato. It also came with fries and cole slaw, so I ordered without the slaw, lettuce and tomato, then went with medium-rare.

The result was a dish that had very clearly recently had cole slaw on it because bits were still strewn amongst the fries. This was a disappointment, but not as bad as the burger itself, which was nowhere near a medium-rare. Yet, I’ve had brown burgers that are still juicy enough to be tasty. This was not the case, as the burger had been cooked to a crumbly texture that was both a negative reflection of the composition of the burger and the cooking of it.

Perhaps it would have been smarter to go with the seafood that flooded the menu. But also perhaps it would have been smarter for the Gandy Dancer Saloon to not but items on the menu that it couldn’t handle. I stand by this forever.