While suckling sweet gas-nozzle nectar for sustenance, the enterprising minds behind Double Wide Grill had an epiphany. They realized food tastes better when it isn't gasoline, so they converted their pump station into a full-fledged restaurant. Grab a bite and a brew at this wonderfully converted pit stop with today's deal. For $15, you get $30 worth of edibles and liquid fuel at this happening hotspot in the South Side. At any given night, everyone from families to roving biker gangs to cash-strapped college kids can be seen hootin', hollerin', and dandynaggintaggin' around the premises.
Double Wide is open for weekday lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, so you'll always have an opportunity to slather on some barbecue. While many of the menu items are meaty by nature, there are numerous vegetarian options (such as the much-loved seitan wings, $8.99) to help increase human photosynthesis. The lunchtime menu features a focused array of sandwiches and small-portioned fare. Grab a heap of pulled pork on a Kaiser roll ($7.49), feast on a wood-grilled chicken burrito ($8.49), or go veggie with a grilled portabella reuben ($8.49).
The seemingly never-ending dinner menu features salads, entrees, sandwiches, barbecued foodstuffs, and the famous build-your-own TV dinner. Start with a pile of junkyard nachos ($8.99) containing every cheese and pepper that serious nachos should. Dine on vegetarian-pleasing Caribbean coconut tofu ($10.49) or carnivore-pleasing Bessy's best Bar-B-Q brisket ($8.99). Stop in for weekend brunch and ready your face-hatch for the trucker breakfast (two eggs, choice of breakfast meat, home fires, and toast or corn bread, $6.99) or the Double Wide Benedict (two poached eggs, bacon, and spinach on top of house-made corn bread topped off with sweet corn and green-chile hollandaise sauce, $8.99).
Double Wide is the originator of the old-time gas station motif that's currently in vogue, popping up everywhere for urban lofts to Paris runways. Bingo Thursdays and karaoke Saturdays solidify this place as one Pittsburgh's most fun-loving and moderately boisterous establishments. An extensive list of draught drinks only furthers the merriment by lubricating conversation and injecting courage into wary karaoke candidates. Save your Groupon (as long as it's within the expiration date of six months from purchase) until the sun once again generates heat to take advantage the restaurant's huge outdoor patio.
- The menu tells of Tessie Mae Hullficker, a woman who turned the family service station into a restaurant to serve her favorite TV dinners and BBQ. Indeed, Double Wide Grill does have a "TV dinner" served on a metal, divided tray, but don't be fooled – the food is nothing like microwave dinners. – 10Best:
- We put in our order for crab, black-bean and corn fritters practically before we had our coats off. The fritters were spectacular orbs of savory-sweet, creamy filling within a dark, crisp crust. Twin dipping sauces gave us a choice between spicy grilled-poblano tequila and cooling chipotle ranch. Next time, we might have to make a whole meal of these. – Angelique Bamberg & Jason Roth, Pittsburgh City Paper
- I got a burger with the fresh fries, a mountain of them, which were delicious. I also tried a frozen mojito, which was something I had never tried, but was also tasty. I like the atmosphere here and I will most definitely be back! – Jessica M., Yelp
Double Wide Grill
You wouldn't expect a restaurant that specializes in beef brisket, wood-grilled steaks, and burgers to be referred to as "a hidden vegan-friendly gem" by a blogger from Yummy Plants. And yet, Double Wide Grill satisfies both meat- and vegetable-lovers, with menus that run the food-chain gamut from lentil veggie burgers to St. Louis–style pork ribs. Adding to the eclectic feel, the restaurant is housed in a converted gas station where vintage pumps still stand out front. Indoors, the decor pays homage to these rugged beginnings with bottle-based chandeliers, a hubcap ceiling, and a vintage trailer that recalls Floridian vacations to the wetlands where all lawns' pink flamingos migrate every year.
Patrons can also stop by on weekend mornings for brunch on the outdoor patio, or hang around until late at night for karaoke and more than 30 types of beer at the license-plate-covered bar. Sports fans can watch games on four 10-foot-wide high-resolution projection screens.