Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Munch Goes to Bz's Bar & Grill

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Munch Goes to Bz's Bar & Grill

Article excerpt

Baseball is here, and Pittsburgh, can't you feel the excitement? No, not that. That was a snow flurry on your cheek. Not that either. That was sleet. And the tear in your eye? That wasn't brought on by two decades of Pirates futility, but rather a punishingly frigid airstream from Saskatoon that just now made it to the Allegheny riverbank.

Good old Pittsburgh, where the baseball is bad and the weather is worse. I kid of course. The weather at least isn't always this lousy.

Unfortunately, baseball-wise Pittsburgh's 21st century high point didn't occur on the field. Rather it was the opening of the field. And the lineup of restaurants near PNC Park are a lot like numerous Pirates rosters during that time: too many overpriced, underperforming duds. So with the same trepidation and skepticism that I approach every baseball season, I and XROM (Ex-Roommate of Munch) checked out BZ's Bar & Grill, which opened late last year directly across from the ballpark.

Located at the former Firewaters space, it's a total gut job of that place, which had something of an old-tavern feel -- heavy on woodwork. By contrast, BZ's is sleek, clean and industrial looking. Lots of exposed brick and steel. Large, high resolution black and white photos of Pittsburgh scenes adorn the walls. Two huge garage doors face Federal Street and the ballpark and will open for a most excellent patio scene on warm weather days (if they ever arrive).

It should be a good stop for a pregame quaff or a postgame nip as the well-curated beer list -- two dozen on draft and three dozen- plus bottles -- is heavy on American craft beers and imports.

BZ's also has some nice flourishes on the cocktail list -- for instance an Old Fashioned made with bacon-infused Bulleit Bourbon and maple syrup or a spicy martini made with local Boyd & Blair potato vodka and pickle brine.

Bar food staples -- sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, salads -- rule the menu. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.