There is this very long list of restaurants and bars in Pittsburgh that I need to check out just sitting in the back of my head. It is ever growing, and well into the double digits, but somehow, every single one is "next on my list." Don't ask me how that works out.
One of those restaurants was Butterjoint. Luckily, I have a friend/Legume & Butterjoint cheerleader who persuaded me to bring Butterjoint to the forefront of my consciousness ... Thanks Jackline!
Butterjoint is a full service bar and late night eatery on North Craig Street in Oakland. The restaurant shares a kitchen, wall, and owner with Legume, the acclaimed Pittsburgh restuarant that moved to the space in Oakland from its original spot in Regent Square. Butterjoint dubs itself "Legume's boisterous younger sibling" - and it fits that bill.
In preparation for this piece I took to google to find out when Butterjoint opened and exactly how long I have been unintentionally avoiding it.
If this doesn't explain the dining experience at Butterjoint and Legume, I don't know what will - six pages into google news, and I am still in 2016 in terms of press about the establishment.
If you want a night out in Pittsburgh with 'real city' feel, you go downtown or to Oakland. If you choose the latter, Butterjoint and/or Legume is where you want to go.
If you are feeling fancy, choose Legume. I have not been (except maybe once when it was in Regent Square - don't quote me), but the press for the place speaks for itself.
The adjoining Butterjoint still has it all - delicious burgers, drinks, exceptional service, and of course - fluffy pierogis! Butterjoint is the perfect late night spot in the city, open 4:30 pm - Midnight, Mon-Sat... where are we, NYC?
The atmosphere is somehow old-time bar and completely modern at the same time. The menu changes daily and uses fresh and locally sourced ingredients.
If I haven't convinced you by now, what do I have to do?? Show you a picture of their apple and green tomato crisp?? Okay, fine!