Lunch Break: Buford’s Kitchen.

From time to time I get lunch with one of my friends from college. He works at Duquesne, so he isn’t far away, but typically we grab food in Oakland. This time I decided to go to his neck of the woods and have lunch at Buford’s Kitchen.img_0783

Formally known as Blue Line Grill, the hotspot for every pre-Penguins game, the revamped restaurant is better than ever no matter if its hockey season. In addition to the very lengthy menu, a lunch menu is also available.

Special features are available like the “Build-your-own Buford burger”. Served on a brioche bun, fill your 1/2 lb burger with as many fixings as you desire alongside crispy potato chips. You can choose from a handful of freebies or for a $1 add extra cheese, meat or a fried egg. Indulge in Buford’s Southern style of cooking and add pulled pork or bourbon BBQ for some extra flavor. The burger is certainly one of their signature dishes.img_0782

Traditional Southern ingredients are used in several of the dishes in addition to common Southern food like gumbo, fried chicken tenders and grits. Try the Creole eggs Benedict for breakfast or the Cajun chicken pasta for dinner.

Buford’s caters to all ages. Get the kids a milkshake and order yourself a spiked shake. They have a bunch of flavors and toppings to choose from.

Lunch and drinks before the Pens game are what Buford’s is known for, but the kitchen is open all day for breakfast, dinner and late nights.

In fact, their claim to fame is their airy pancrepes. Try  the French connection, bourbon berry or get crazy with the banana walnut.

img_0784The main menu was a little overwhelming so we stuck with the lunch menu. I selected the buffalo hand-breaded chicken tender sandwich with buffalo sauce, and cheese on a brioche bun. Also, it doesn’t say it on the menu, but all sandwiches have the option of being made into a wrap if desired. You have the option of soup, fruit, coleslaw or fries and of course, I stuck with the fries.

My friend also stuck with the lunch menu and ordered the blackened chicken wrap with cheddar jack, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard with fries. He said the chicken was well cooked and flavorful.

We passed on the drinks for lunch, but they have a decent spread. They have a draft list of about 50 different kinds of beers and daily drink specials. Behind the bar was whiskey, fireball and jager dispensers automatically filling drinks – they looked pretty cool.

Downtown isn’t the only place you can get Buford’s. They have two other locations in Moon Township and Washington, Pa. The downtown Pittsburgh location has a rooftop bar enabling guests to sip beers with a view.

Experience Pittsburgh, One Bite at a Time.

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