My sidekick LMF and I stopped in for a quick and convenient lunch on Saturday afternoon after teaching Pitt's Kids, and Hello Bistro was abuzz with college students and people in scrubs. [Sigh] There's no place like home. Upon entering, we followed the colorful directives that we must grab a menu, make our picks, and order/pay ahead of time; clearly, being able to make decisions swiftly is a necessary skill in Hello Bistro. After ordering, we got a number, grabbed seats at the bar, and waited for the waitstaff to bring our food.
At this point, we were able to get a better feel for Hello Bistro's atmosphere. With seating for roughly seventy-five patrons, the space has a variety of low and high-top tables and bar spots. There's a fountain drink and condiment station, and large window that literally opens onto Forbes Avenue (people-watching heaven). Grays, greens, and aluminum offset the colorful salad bar to provide a cheerful atmosphere that literally says, "Hello. Eat here."
I opted for the new Cranberry Chutney Turkey Burger ($6.5, Whole Wheat Bun, Turkey Burger, Spring Mix, and Cranberry Chutney), which really was Thanksgiving on a bun. As my side, I ordered a sac of Handcut French Fries ($2) and as my drink, I tried the "You Call It" Float ($3.5, Boylan Creamy Red Birch Beer). LMF ordered the American Grill Burger ($6.5, Italian Bread, Burger, American Cheese. Grilled Onions & Peppers, Mushrooms, and Mustard), which was classic and tasty. He went with a side of Handcut French Fries as well and a Vanilla Milkshake ($3.5) to warsh it all dahn.
Our burgers were satisfying; the fries portion was huge, and we agreed that we could have split one order. They were a little soggier than we would have enjoyed, but crispy fries are our preference. The float and shake were less original than we had hoped, but pleasing nonetheless.
|Shake and Float|
|Cranberry Chutney Turkey Burger|
|American Grill Burger|
(3 stars, 3/4)