Last Updated on July 2, 2019 by Jeremy
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The Headkeeper is a popular tapas bar located in Greensburg, PA- just about an hour east of downtown Pittsburgh.
The restaurant is acclaimed for its small plates/tapas menu, but also comes along with a large seating area (including an impressive outdoor space), a modest draft list, over 600 bottles of beer available in cans/bottles, and a lot more!
I visited this one while exploring the area with Westmoreland Heritage, and share some thoughts on our meal and the restaurant as a whole in this one!
The Headkeeper Shines with Well-Priced Tapas
At its core, The Headkeeper is a tapas bar which means that many of the plates you have available will be on the smaller size (designed so you can order a bunch) and are priced fairly well at between $8 and $15- although most come in under $12.
The options are fairly unique and range from conventional fish tacos and sauteed Brussel sprouts to pan-roasted cauliflower, scallops, grilled salmon, and even petite filet mignon. As such, many of the dishes are simply smaller versions of conventional entrees, which is something we can fully appreciate when it comes to tasting your way around the menu.
The first item we got for the table was the stone oven pizza which was a traditional Margherita topped with a heaping portion of burrata and drizzled with a golden balsamic reduction. The pizza here was cooked quite well; however, was completely overshadowed by the creaminess of the burrata (in a good way). It is one of those combinations that make you wonder why more places don't put burrata on top of a pizza, and for its price tag is really hard to pass up all things considered.
My second tapa was on the premium end and was a fire-grilled Colorado lamb duo cooked medium rare and served with a mint chimichurri. Like the pizza, this one was on the higher price of the spectrum but was cooked perfectly with a nice char on the outside and medium rare inside. The order amounted to several very generous bites which I would call a bit more than a tapa, but still smaller than an entree- making it a great combo with a slice or two of pizza.
While I could've likely had a third tapa to round out a larger meal as the pizza was split with our group, I had to stop on this particular outing but could see two or three being a good size for most visitors, especially if a larger one is being split with a group. Overall, for having such a varied menu the dishes I tried were executed quite well, which I fully appreciate!
Your Beer Selection Will Be Just as Hard
While The Headkeeper offers only a modest draft beer list, they make up for it with having well over 600 bottles and cans available. These range from conventional domestics all the way to beer from local Pittsburgh breweries, international producers, and other obscure favorites.
In fact, I spent just about the entire period from ordering to my food arriving simply perusing the beer selection before ultimately deciding on my choice (an IPA from nearby Helltown Brewing). But suffice it to say, if you are interested in any style of beer, in any price range, from near or far, The Headkeeper will have options for you as well.
After visiting The Headkeeper, I still wonder why we don't have more tapas style bars, as this one does a great job at execution on both the food and the drinks. While I wish that the draft list was a bit more robust, the selection of beers in cans and bottles more than makes up for any misgivings here and offers a wonderful night out all the same.
The Headkeeper is located at 618 S Main Street in Greensburg, PA. I was a guest of Westmoreland Heritage for this meal. As always, all opinions are my own.