This summer, when I first moved to Pittsburgh, I went to the Double Wide Grill a few times and really enjoyed it, but the last two times have created a different story. Last night, a couple of us ventured over the Monongahela for dinner and drinks. We went with the Double Wide Grill.
Like I said, I have been to the Double Wide a few times prior to last night and liked the bar food a lot. Last night though, gross. Everything that we had was just…gross. Our server was just okay, the hostess was not very friendly and the food was terrible! Really, the only redeeming quality of this place was the beer selection- it’s pretty darn good and they have all their vegetarian and vegan food options on the back of the menu for convince (still doesn’t mean it tastes good, but it’s all listed in one place).
For dinner, we had:
Potato Tacos: Seasoned and smashed potatoes, red and green peppers, grape tomatoes, shredded cabbage and a jack cheese mixture in two flour tortillas. Served with pico de gallo, sour cream, black beans and rice.
I ordered the tacos. They sounded healthy, flavorful, and right up my alley. I was WRONG. They were, at best, bad. The “seasoned and smashed potatoes” were actually just really, really poorly made mashed potatoes with no flavor. I think they came from a boxed potato mix. If they didn’t, then they were certainly not made that day. Wallpaper paste. Then they were placed on a flour tortilla that had a few grill marks on it, but it was not even a little warm. A few sprinkles of jack cheese and one slice of red and green pepper- yep, one measly slice. And there was no sour cream (which I was actually okay with since I don’t like it) and no pico de gallo (which I would have liked, but couldn’t be bothered to ask for since the whole thing was crap anyway). The rice and beans had NO seasoning and the beans were dry and bland. A sad show indeed.
Coconut Rum Tofu: Deep-fried in our vegan fryer with crispy, organic tofu in a creamy sauce.
This one was just as gross. It came with a side of broccoli that was overcooked and smelled a bit like baby diaper. The tofu was crispy but that was the only good thing about it. The sauce was not good- too tart with a bad after taste. The rice was fine, but nothing too special. This one, while better than the tacos, was still not a winner.
The set-up of this place is cool and has a large outdoor patio. It is an old gas station and the inside bays make for lots of space and places to sit. They also have a large screen tv that is great for watching sports. If you do go there, don’t go for the entrees- stick with apps. The seitan wings are good (not nearly as good as Spak Brothers) and the junkyard nachos are good as well. The rest, as far as I can tell, gross. Stick to beer, wings and sports. Oh, and don’t expect good service.
(thanks to the interwebs for providing the last two pictures!)
Overall Grade for Double Wide Grill: D