Food & Libations

The Eagle Beer and Food Hall Spreads its Wings in a new Pittsburgh Location.

The Eagle Beer and Food Hall had its new location in Pittsburgh in the books for over a year now, but this week finally brought its opening to much fanfare.

The Eagle Food and Beer Hall

The Eagle Beer and Food Hall; Perfect Casual Spot Downtown

Pittsburgh has always tried to have more casual dining downtown for the sports fans and even for the everyday traveler. The Thunderdome Restaurant group had already opened the wildly popular Bakersfield downtown and planned The Eagle to open in March of 2020. The Covid-19 shutdown shuttered the construction and halted the opening. 

The interior of The Eagle is fun and relaxed, with TV all around the horseshoe bar that takes center stage to the floor. Surrounding it are countless high booths and long tables for plenty of seating; at total capacity, the restaurant can hold 150 patrons. To the back and above is an elevated loft perfect for private parties like bachelor parties and graduation parties. The upstairs loft is equipped with two big-screen TVs and lots of seating. 

The Eagle is outfitted in lots of beaten wood, rustic ironwork, and leather for the booths. Our booth comfortably sat 6 with two in high-top chairs. 

The Eagle Brings the Food

The Eagle’s fried chicken is delicious with its double brined and served with spicy hot honey. You can order a 1/4 chicken in either dark or white meat, a 1/2 chicken, or a whole chicken. A half chicken allowed 6 of us to each have a piece. 

The same chicken makes it onto a few sandwiches like the Fried Chicken BLT, a fried chicken breast topped with bacon, mixed greens, tomato, avocado relish, jalapeño honey mayo on rustic Italian bread. 

Other sandwiches include a Fried Chicken sandwich, a Blackened Shrimp Po Boy, and a Grilled Cheese with three kinds of cheese, apricot preserves, Granny Smith Apples on rustic bread.

You can start any meal or have some snacks with your drinks. The Snack menu consists of items like Hush Puppies, Sausage and Kale Dip, and Pimento Cheese Plate. One of their most popular snacks is the Brown Sugar Bacon, a handful of bacon with cayenne and brown sugar served in a cone holder perfect as a shareable. 

There are a plethora of sides to choose from, whether you order chicken or a sandwich. (They have salads also) The sides include Fries, Homemade Biscuits, Spoonbread, and Mac & Cheese.

For the most bang for your buck, there is a Family Meal for parties over six people. It is a selection of salad, sides, and fried chicken. The cost is $16 per person.

The Eagle Libations

While the title below The Eagle states a Food and Beer Hall, the beer list is impressive, but the cocktails are where the imagination goes. The Beer list consists of over thirty bottles and cans with sixteen taps for beer. There is a wine list and a Bourbon Whiskey list with some notable favorites like Elijah Craig and Bookers. 

A table favorite was the Maple Bacon Old Fashioned. This Old Fashioned has Four Roses Single Barrel, Grand Marnier, Maple, Pepper Ginger Bitter, and a glazed piece of bacon hanging out. 

Other cocktails are the BlackBerry Lemonade, the Eagle Iced Tea, and a Penn Ave Crush, an ode to the first location in Pittsburgh; this cocktail is Aperol, Grapefruit, lemon, and Miller Highlife. 

Visit The Eagle Food and Beer Hall

The Eagle Food and Beer Hall is located on Penn Ave, where Eighth Ave meets it. Reservations can be made through Open Table, and there are tables available for walk-in traffic. For more information and a complete menu, visit https://www.eaglerestaurant.com.

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