Every Thursday and Friday night, the Cricket Lounge runs a special– $8.99 for a burger with the usual toppings (lettuce, tomato, onions; cheese is $1, and just about any kind you wish)… and a beer. Not cheap beer, either, but Hoegaarden, Bass or OTR.
So, Terry and I, trying to find a place to eat on Friday night, naturally had to try it. We settled down at the bar (which was hopping, due to a wedding reception letting out and some business travelers) and got down to ordering.
First, the beer:
Next, the burger:
Looks fairly unremarkable, right? That’s a picture of Terry’s, who got American cheese. I chose gruyere. It’s a hotel burger, right?
Folks, this is the best deal in Cincinnati, if not one of the best burgers. Terry (restaurant, not boyfriend) has met his match.
The burger is perfectly cooked– juicy, a little bloody (we both ordered ours medium rare), well-seasoned, flavorful– just amazing. They don’t have the wide variety of sauces that Terry does (though I am assured they do indeed have my favorite cheese, chevre), and the atmosphere is totally different, but this is one darn good burger, and by far the best deal in town.
It also comes with crispy, delicious pub chips and some pretty decent angel hair coleslaw. Both are good, but the real feature is the burger.
Another advantage: really good dessert. You can see how far we got into the flight of cupcakes before we remembered to take a picture:
Total bill? Under $30. The special doesn’t have an end date, but it’s only available on Thursdays and Fridays from 4-12. The next chance you get, you have to try it– it’s fabulous!