It’s thanks to my Dad (Mom too, of course) that I really love baseball.  We decided yesterday we’ve gone to 16 or 17 home openers in a row (including last year and the year before)!

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Don’t let the sunshine fool you – it was a cold one!  They had been predicting rain showers for most of the day, so we were happy to be chilly but dry.  The Bucs didn’t pull the game out, but we still had a great time!

One of our newer traditions is getting lunch in town before the game.  This year, we chose Bigelow Grille, which is actually pretty close to my office building.

To start, we split the Spicy Tomato Bisque.  The waitress even served it in two separate bowls for us, and we got pretty generous servings!

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We were both in love with this soup!  The deep, roasted tomato flavor, the (pretty major) kick, and the savory, creamy texture.  Definitely had to have some heavy cream involved, but my dad wants to try to recreate it.

For my main course, I couldn’t pass up the veggie burger, even though they had lots of veg-friendly options.

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All of the sandwich options come with either fries, a salad, or pierogies – how funny and perfectly Pittsburgh is that?  I chose the salad.

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I know you can’t really see the burger under there, but it was dark red, so it must have had some beets and lentils and other yummy ingredients. The tofu “bacon” was really just thinly sliced tofu, but the cheese was excellent and the sprouts were crispy.  The brioche bun was out of this world too, even though I tackled it mostly by fork.

Dad said he’d go back just for the soup, and I want to return to check out more of their vegetarian offerings (like farro with pumpkin, kale, and gouda, or homemade gnocchi).  It wasn’t cheap for 2 of us for lunch (almost $50 with tip), but the food was worth it and the service was great.

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