So i figured out how i was going to go about discussing this oh-so-timely article in cincinnati magazine, that is, I’ll break it down into 6 parts, dividing the rankings into 4 sections, 1 section for all the sidebars, and then one section for anything they may have missed. So without further adieu…
Cincinnati Magazine’s Top 40 Burgers: Part I
#40 915 Pub & Grill
This list already starts off on a bad note with me. This is my favorite burger + burger deal in town, and this review is pretty half assed. They’re one of the few places in town that can actually cook a burger correctly to order and they complain about it. GTFO.
#39 Black Angus Burgers & Brews
I havent been to this place, but when they first opened they spammed the shit out of yelp, which have since been deleted. The reviews dont talk about the burgers much, which enrages me even more about the 915 slight.
#38 The Black Sheep
Havent visited, and dont know much about this place, since I dont make it out to Cheviot much, but I talked to the brother-in-law of a co-worker and he was pissed that this place made the list. I think it was a case of west-side self-loathing.
This is about right for this list. People dog Fatburger, but it really is a good burger if youre in the mood for a fast-food style burger. I thought I already had this reviewed on my burgerquest blog, but my review is in the yelp reviews. I think people here got jaded by the hype, but if you give it a second go-round, sans hype, you’ll enjoy it.
#36 By Golly’s
Never been here, in Milford, which means I’ll probably never go there.
#35 Gordo’s Pub & Grill
Another place that I’m surprised that I haven’t posted on Burgerquest. I’ve been here, at an enthusiastic co-worker’s request, and lets say it was quite the disappointment. Im not the biggest fan of huge meatball burgers with all kinds of onions and bits in there, and that’s what Gordo’s burger is. The best thing about Gordo’s is that they have a good beer selection and the bartender was cool enough to let me try all of them before getting one. I’s surprised they didn’t put Gordo’s higher, because besides myself, I haven’t heard many people not like this place.
I can’t say enough good things about Mayberry. They are what’s right about Cincinnati’s small and dedicated food scene. The burger is a behemoth (too big for my tastes, tbqh) but the ingredients and intent are so solid this one is way underrated. The next time I go, I’m going to remedy my 2 own mistakes (no cheese and ordering medium instead of medium rare)
#33 Sammy’s Gourmet Burgers & Beers
Haven’t been there, but know a couple people who have and they seemed to enjoy it. I’m looking forward to getting around to it.
#32 Skinny Legs Pub & Grill
Im realizing how backed up i am on my burgerquest updates! thats 3 in the first 10. Skinnylegs is run by the same people that own 915 and zola, but it doesnt even come close to 915. Maybe once they settle in more it will even out, but until then, just go to 915. And I live within walking distance.
#31 Quatman Cafe
I haven’t been here, but I’m not quite a fan of a place that gets offended when you want a burger the way you like it, for no reason other than they’re crusty old hillbillies. (for some reason, i dont mind a “chef created” burger. sorry, im an asshole.) I’ve heard the mason location is terrible.