The Smiling Moose Reinvents itself with Good Food and Bacon!

The following is a review written by Beth aka Mrs. Baconpants. She is a prolific Yelp reviewer so I thought it would be a good idea to post some of her reviews on Mr. Baconpants. Even if a few of them have nothing to do about bacon.

When I heard that there was good food at the Smiling Moose I have to admit my stomach turned a little. The Smiling Moose that I knew is kinda dirty. The Smiling Moose that I knew is smokey. The Smiling Moose that I knew had loud bands downstairs and staff that were way too cool to be bothered to get you a beer. The Smiling Moose was the place we’d leave in a huff to go to Dee’s (another Pittsburgh dive bar). I’m so happy to report that the Smiling Moose that I knew is gone.

We went to watch the Pens game at the Moose last weekend. We were the only people sitting at their CLEAN NEAT dining area (seriously). The game was on a giant screen. There are less than 10 tables total, and all of them were filled by the time the game got underway. This is a GREAT bar to watch hockey! So much better than other places I’ve been on the South Side.

The menu is an assortment of sandwiches, soups, salads and sliders. We ordered a cup of the soup of the day, a Chickpea Chili with Ostrich. It was perfectly spiced and very tasty. The soup came with a big chunk of bread and was a meal in itself. I also ordered the grilled cheese sandwich, which comes with tomato and bacon. Several different cheese blended perfectly and gave me my gooey cheese fix. The bread on this sandwich adds a lot, too – thick but soft. My husband got the BLT sliders and really loved the Pesto Mayo.

The food at the Moose is quality, so the prices may be a bit more than you’d think. These aren’t $5 footlongs. Sandwiches are between 7-10 bucks and come with a side. All of my drinks were all 5 each (but I am a beer snob, I’m sure the PBR was cheap). All in all worth every cent. We will be back…. a lot. Especially during hockey season.

Mr. Baconpants’ two cents: The bacon they used was a thick cut applewood smoked bacon. It was very flavorful and cooked to perfection. I usually don’t like to get BLT’s at restaurants since they usually lack the amount of bacon I expect on one. But the Moose did it right. There was a lot of bacon and the Pesto Mayo was a nice touch.