Burgers. Terry likes them almost as much as steak. Or sometimes more than steak, depending on his mood. For example, he said last night that the first thing he craves after a Thanksgiving filled with traditional treats is a nice, juicy burger. So we got one. We didn’t go to Arthur’s, though. That was a couple of weeks ago.
Whenever we talk about burgers in Cincinnati, people talk about three places: Terry’s Turf Club (of which I am an evangelist), Quatman’s (which I haven’t reviewed yet) and Arthur’s. Though Terry’s seems to get nearly unanimously good reviews, Quatman’s and Arthur’s get very mixed reviews– who knew burgers were so divisive? So, one Wednesday night, Terry decided he wanted to go to Arthur’s, finally, so we did. It wasn’t a Burger Madness night– the Sunday through Tuesday special of burgers for $4.99 with unlimited toppings– but Terry got a burger anyway.
In addition to burgers, appetizers, entrees and salads, as well as daily specials are on the menu. Terry ignored those and went straight to the burgers, ordering a classic burger with bacon, American cheese, onions, mustard, mayo, tomato, and lettuce. The burger was fresh-tasting and juicy, the bacon crisp enough, and the toppings fresh.
Is it the best burger in town? Probably not. It’s no TTC– not quite as juicy, the fries are frozen and not fresh (and fries are an important part of the burger experience), the bread a little too thick and not as great as the Shadeau bread Terry (owner not boyfriend) uses. I’ll have to try Quatman’s and the new Gordo’s to make sure. It’s awfully hard being me.
I didn’t get a burger– I got the Barbecue Sandwich, that day’s special. I knew it wasn’t real barbecue– more the crock-pot kind– but I wanted it anyway. It was good, and accompanied well by the slighty sweet, slightly tart, slightly creamy coleslaw.
With their vast drink selection, beer on tap, and burger specials, we will definitely be back, even if it’s no TTC.
Any other burger suggestions?