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Taps: 26 / Bottles: 235
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 8 | Show All Ratings:
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been to Blue Dust several times now. The food has been really good, and I especially liked their Tuesday pieroghi special. I also enjoyed their brisket sandwich as well. Their tap list is large and I like that they offer samplers where you can try multiples. Their cooler selection is not as large as some places, but they do offer a nice, varied selection. Besides the beer, they have a large variety of infused vodkas and a nice bourbon selection. My two complaints are their website, and the bartending service can be hit or miss.
10-31-2011 01:53:14 | More by greg4579
3.5/5 rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
After she attended with a friend a week or so earlier, my wife suggested we head over to the Blue Dust for a nice dinner to celebrate our 5th anniversary. She was eager to impress her beer geek husband with the niche establishment she had found "on her own"...super cute.
Loved the atmosphere...the open planned restaurant is straight forward. Simple tables with simple settings work perfectly with the blue collar surroundings (directly next to the 'tracks" with an oversized window that provides a view of passing locomotives). Nice.
The quality was impressive overall...both meals were satisfying for what they were - which was nothing over the top. Somewhat of an odd pairing to provide nachos with brisket, but I'm no gourmet critic.
Our appetizer arrived after our main course...ugh. Apparently, the batter for the fried zucchini wasn't prepared properly and it had to be "re-prepared". Kudos for continuing to cook our main course...cause we were both pretty hungry afer downing a couple Rogue Shakespeare Stouts. Our waitress checked up on us often enough and apologized appropriately, but an appetizer should arrive before your meal...period. We reseived a discount of one draft beer for the inconvenience...eh...not a bad gesture, I suppose.
There were plenty of tasty beers to choose from...both on tap and in the coolers...not the best selection in the city or surrounding area, but very solid. Went home with 3 limited beers, that I will be happy to age.
Food was very good. The addition of horseradish sauce to more than one item was a welcome sidekick for me...leftovers were even tasty. Damn shame they goobered up our appetizer...else I'd have a rave review here.
Great place, unassuming, blue collar location...small, fun, and interesting...highly recommended...hopefully you have better luck with the timing of your courses though...
10-23-2011 04:58:56 | More by kbuzz
4.14/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Just found out about this little gem of a place
from a beer geek friend. Tucked away on a quiet
street on the other side of the railroad tracks from sanitized world of the "Waterfront". Not much to look out from the outside but intimate &
inviting on the inside with a small bar along
the wall & a few tables.Overall not a lot of space but that's one of it's charm.
The tap selection while not big (probably around 20) is diverse & has some intersting & harder to find beers for the Burgh metro area.
Though I didn't fully check out the bottle selection looked fairly extensive with some space behind the bar & a wall of coolers.Some other posts have said the takeout prices were good though I didn't check it out.
The owner Jerry was working behind the bar and seemed to take pride in his place.He has an extensive backround working in the beer business and it certainly shows in his bar. I didn't eat but would certainly like to go back to try it.All in all a great little beer bar & well worth the effort to check out if in the area.
05-21-2010 19:02:30 | More by fermobot2000
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Very unassuming little place...literally on the "wrong side of the tracks" from a major area shopping district (its just about on top of the tracks). Passed it hundreds of times before finally visitng for a Stone beer & cheese pairing event.
Good ambiance, the place is quite dark and they turn the lights down as it gets later. Visited a couple weekends ago on a Friday night, got there around 8 and was easily able to get a seat at the bar.
There is a tap selection of probably ~24 or so...I think just about all of them were craft/micro's...nothing too unusual but spread out along various styles. This was the first bar to have Glissade on tap around here. There are maybe a half dozen coolers for the bottle selection, which all the lights are off but there are flashlights available to windows shopping...cool little gimmick. Again, the bottles werent anything too crazy, just lots of solid stuff spread out among almost all the styles.
The food we had was pretty good, hummus & pita appetizer...I had an italian sub which was above average, my date had a half-lobster half-brisket roll...both were good not great. A lot of vegetarian/vegan options on the menu, I'm a carnivore myself but a lot of interesting things on there.
Service the first visit was quite good, actually got waited on by the owner who has a real enthusiasm for craft beer and is very friendly and chatty. On second visit our other bartender was average at best for it not being busy at all.
Overall a cool friendly little place, which I will be frequenting more for some food/drinks on a low-key night.
03-03-2010 21:41:40 | More by Stigs
3.7/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
The location is not the best, but the bar itself is quite nice. A little on the small side but the have the tables set up well so a lot of people can fit. Quality decor and furnishings.
Beer selection is very good. A lot of micros on tap (including some off the well selections) and a food number of bottles in a self-serve case.
Beer price is quite reasonable. A six pack to go of various micro stouts/porters only cost me $10.
The food menu is unique. A lot of vegetarian dishes. Pieces on food are a little high, especially considering the smaller portion size.
The owner actually tends bar. He seems to be a really good guy.
I give this place a SOLID thumbs up as a beer bar. The food however, while very original, is a little too pricey for what you get.
02-26-2010 23:06:06 | More by biglite351
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped for lunch on a Snowless Saturday afternoon.
Atmoshpere: Long bar to left that seats 18-20 with dining tables immediately behind that probably seats another 30. Coolers of singles on back wall towards front. On the small side but makes it kinda cozy as well.
Quality/Selection: Very nice selection that does not lean towards one style. Some notable selections not mentioned from other reviewers: Futhermore brewing-new entry into the Pittsburgh market. They make a very interesting pale ale that was dosed with Pepper. Very unique and tasty enough, I had 2. Also, had a Kolsch from New Holland that was spot on style wise. Nice to see a Kolsch in the middle of winter.
Did talk with the bartender, who also orders the beer. He likes to try different beers on Nitro other than Guinness or Boddingtons. The had on Nitro, Hazed and Infused and I gotta say this beer works quite well on Nitro. Good to see someone thinking out of the box.
Value: Pints average $4.25 and up which is about average for Pittsburgh.
Food: Tried the Brisket as recommended from Local at the end of the bar. Local was right, excellent Brisket and I like that you can get both BBQ and Horseraddish sauce on the side.
Overall: Would go back just for the Brisket but the beer aint to bad either. Nice food options rather than the usual bar grub and nice alternative to Rock Bottom.
02-21-2010 17:14:06 | More by Kolsch
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Heard some good things about this place. Wasn't given a lot to go on with their website (might want to update it more often, let the customer know what you have to offer!), but a nice alternative to Rock Bottom & nothing else on the Waterfront.
Pretty unassuming from the outside, but a very nice vibe on the inside. Small-ish dining room with a little lounge to the side, nice to be able to see all the tables at once, gives it a cozy feel. Nice wall-art.
Walked in to check out a pretty awesome draft list. Highlights: SN Glissade, Maredsous 8, Three Philosophers, for starters. The coolers are very accessible, & it was kind of fun "spelunking" with the flashlights Shows they know how to store & serve their brew. And while they're selection wasn't huge by the area's standards, there was lots of quality to be had. I appreciate having options other than "typical" domestic crafts on tap.
One suggestion is posting prices -- I was psyched to see Stone/BrewDog Bashah, but would've liked to have known they were $8 a pop before having two!
The menu was a little short but looked good. The serving size was pretty moderate for the price, but the food was real tasty, & some alternatives from typical heavy pub food.
Service was efficient & friendly, though the waitress admitted she didn't know much about beer. Overall, Blue Dust more than lived up to my expectations, & while I don't think it's God's gift to the Pittsburgh beer geek, it's definitely worth checking out (& then going back for more).
02-01-2010 02:50:07 | More by OneDropSoup
5/5 rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I haven't been able to get enough of this place since it opened. Jerry and his family have really poured their heart and soul in to this bar. The food is incredible, they really put a twist on the boring mundane bar food. Last but not least they have 27 beers on tap and at least a hundred bottles of micros and imports. Jerry does a great job of keeping new and cutting edge beers on tap. i would recommend this bar to anyone. This is one of the must stops for any of my out of town company that respects beer.
You wont be disappointed
09-02-2009 03:37:11 | More by joevac88
Blue Dust in Homestead, PA
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.