The first time I visited Tender, I took a seat and enjoyed their beautiful bar. I gazed at its trendy decor, Wes Anderson wallpaper and illuminated bottles. My bartender was extremely friendly and knowledgeable of his fortress. On the other side of the bar was a small dining room with comfy chairs and coffee tables. I assumed it was only a place for drinks and small appetizers, but I was wrong. There is so much more.
I met a friend at Tender for dinner. We greeted the hostess and said we’d like a table for two. I assumed I’d get to nestle in one of those comfy chairs, but we walked passed them and headed to a part of the restaurant I didn’t know existed. There was an entire additional section to the place! Tender is more than it appears and a full dining room can be found in the back.
The dining room is very dark and intimate, much like the rest of the place and mostly illuminated by candlelight. Each table is slightly tucked away, giving each party a sense of privacy in a public place.
We looked at the cocktail list – everything sounded great. At times like these, I need an experts help. I asked the waitress some of her favorites and she mentioned a pumpkin old fashion on the short list – sounded good to me.
The drink arrived and looked gorgeous. The icing on the cake was the giant ice cube with the signature “T” for Tender branded on the top of the cube. The drink was tasty, the bourbon was warming and the pumpkin was a nice extra flavor.
The restaurant found on the corner of Butler and 43rd has an extensive drink list. With over a dozen house drinks to choose from, they also offer a long list of cocktails, wines, beer and spirits.
Now that the drinks were taken care of, it was time to order some food. It was Monday and we noticed that burgers were on special that day. Other specials include Tasting Tuesday – half ounce pours of anything on the wall for 1/3 the price and Late Night happy Hour from 10 pm – midnight that offers $5 cocktails.
We decided to take advantage of the burger special that got us any burger or veggie sandwich for $10.00. We both selected the Tender Burger. A thick patty stacked high with Worcestershire marinated, cheddar, local greens, pickled fennel, red wine caramelized onion, black garlic-truffle aioli and sandwiched between a pretzel bun. I got crazy and added avocado for a $1.
The burger was juicy and stacked almost high enough that I could barely get my mouth around the whole thing in one bite. The clutch ingredient was the aioli sauce, it really brought the burger together.
Tender is also a great place for private events. Choose between the options of the Gold Room, a place that once housed a barber shop 100 years ago for dinner parties or meetings, the Green Room suitable for more intimate gathering or the Red Room located in their main dining area and bar room.
No matter the occasion, Tender provides a great atmosphere, creative cocktails and great eats.
Experience Pittsburgh, One Bite at a Time.