The Ruffed Grouse Bar & Grille

   June 3, 2014 11:50 am    1

 

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Last Thursday night, the weather was perfect for a drive out to the Ruffed Grouse Bar & Grille in North East. Amanda and I were joined for dinner by our friends Colleen Lanigan and Jake Hordych. The Grouse is located at 10326 W Main Rd just past the Green Meadows Golf Course. When we arrived, we saw some open tables on the patio so we grabbed one and waited for a server. Amanda and I both looked over the menu before we got there since it was out first visit. Colleen gave us a few suggestions on burgers that she and Jake like as they are regular patrons of the Ruffed Grouse. Our server gave us some recommendations as well. We all figured out what we wanted and placed our orders. All of the burgers are made from fresh ground chuck, grilled to order, and served on a ciabatta-style roll.

the-ruffed-grouse_cali-burgerThe first burger I tried was Colleen’s Cali Burger. A 1/2 lb patty was topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickles, white onions (she also added grilled onions), pickles, slices of avocado, and their house secret burger sauce. The beef is all cooked medium-well unless requested otherwise. The burger had a nice crust on the outside which kept the inside tender and juicy. The vegetables were fresh and crisp which added some texture. The bacon gave it the right amount of smoke and salt which was balanced by the caramelized flavor from the grilled onions. Colleen ordered the burger sans cheese and the avocado acted like a binder to hold everything together. My favorite part of the burger was the combination of the cool and creamy avocado and the secret sauce. It was a great contrast to the rich meat. This is a must-try burger for sure.

the-ruffed-grouse_blue-blt-burgerJake opted for the Blue Cheese BLT burger. It was pretty self explanatory; burger patty, BLT, blue cheese crumbles and dressing. I could eat blue cheese on just about anything and the funky tang of the cheese paired great with the beef and bacon slices. The lettuce and tomato weren’t in the spotlight like they would be on a normal BLT, but added some crispness, moisture, and fresh veggie flavor. The blue cheese is a welcome addition to this burger and I might even order it with a little hot sauce next time. Buffalo Blue BLT…yum.

the-ruffed-grouse_pittsburgherAmanda ordered the Pittsburgher which was similar to my “Six Napkin Burger” from Hunter’s. It is served almost as a combination between Primanti Bros. style and a Reuben sandwich with Swiss cheese, coleslaw, fries, and Russian dressing. This was a wonderfully messy sandwich. The coleslaw was cream based which helped cut some of the fat left from the burger and fries. The dressing, similar to 1000 Island , is a little tangy with a hint of spice and tons of flavor. The juices all mixed and permeated the beef for a delicious sandwich.

the-ruffed-grouse_3x3-burgerFinally was my 3X3 burger. The same juicy burger was topped with three slices of apple wood smoked bacon, three slices of American cheese, pickles, and onions. In comparison, it was a rather basic burger. The beef was the total shining star here. The bacon played the supporting role well and the cheese held everything together. The onions and pickles added some liquid as well as some crunch which was perfect. I did add a hint of ketchup just for the vinegar flavor which I love on just about anything.

All four of these burgers were fantastic and I would recommend any of them. Take a night and go visit the Ruffed Grouse, get a burger, and enjoy the fresh air. Thanks to everyone for the great meal. We will be back in for sure. The phone number is (814) 725-5499 and the hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 4-11.

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