A recent visit to Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood brought us to the popular bar and grill restaurant, Fuel and Fuddle, where we got to take in a few beers as well as some traditional pub fare.
Although we left this one not entirely impressed, for those who want to have a good night out at a bar in Oakland (especially of-age college students) this one is a great stop to check out.
A Large Selection of Pub Fare
The menu at Fuel and Fuddle is a massive collection of common pub items ranging from wings and burgers, gourmet salads, wraps, to homemade pizzas and other unique features- many with a signature twist. After taking a substantial period of time to settle on an order (the menu really is robust), we came to ordering a round of wings as well as a barbecue wrap to split in addition to our beer.
Our positive feelings fell off from there.
Although we were one of the first customers of the day, our fries were room temperature at best- leaving us with a bad first impression that only cascaded from there.
The entrees we ordered, the wings and the wrap, followed suit in being decent offerings like you'd expect at any pub, but lacked any sort of uniqueness that you may be seeking when going out to eat. They were on par with what we would likely make at home, which is perfect for pub food if you're going out with drinking as your primary objective, but sadly we were hoping for a bit more here as a lunch time spot.
The Late Night Specials Could Be Amazing
In giving credit where credit is due, I think the real offering of Fuel and Fuddle comes out with their Late Night menu. From 11pm to 1am the restaurant offers discounts on many of their menu items, including their brick oven pizzas (at roughly 50% off), making it the prime spot for those looking for something to eat after a long night out at the bars (or as a bar outing in its own right for beer and whiskey lovers as their menu for these really is quite impressive).
Although Fuel and Fuddle is going to fit in perfectly in Oakland thanks to its large population of students always eager for a cheap drink or late night special, I simply do not see this one as the type of restaurant that is worth making the trip for the rest of us.
Fuel and Fuddle is located at 212 Oakland Avenue in Oakland.
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