Tavern Cheeseburger

Golden Lamb Tavern Burger

The Golden Lamb Tavern Burger

27 S Broadway Street, Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 932-5065
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Tavern CheeseburgerVoted Best Burger in Warren County, 2017

I’ve lived near the Golden Lamb for most of my life, and never had considered them for making hamburgers. Thought of them more as a fine dining restauraunt – but have discovered otherwise. They have a great dining menu for sure, but also offer great lunch items, sandwiches and more. So I was pleasantly surprised to see the Tavern Burger on their menu during a recent trip.

Their burgers are made with a special house blend of chuck, short rib and brisket, served with hand-cut fries. The Tavern Burger had won the award for best burger in Warren County, so naturally I had to see for myself if this was true! This simple burger comes with sharp cheddar cheese, garlic aioli, shredded lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle.

It didn’t take long for me to see why they won that award. This is a VERY GOOD burger – and the simple condiments allow the flavor to shine through. I didn’t add any mustard, ketchup or mayo…just enjoyed this sandwich the way it was presented to me. The beef was juicy and cooked to perfection, with a great taste. They went a little light on the fry portion, as you can see with the image above – so the meal didn’t really fill me up completely. But all-in-all, this was a very solid hamburger that I would recommend next time you visit.

And the best rating I can give a place is simply answering the question…

“Would I come back here again?” The answer to that is PROBABLY.

 

Taste:

Affordability for the Working Man: $12.95 for a Tavern Burger, fries and water

Chances Would I Consider Going Back: Probably

 

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Italian Burger

Blind Bob’s Italian Burger

Italian Burger at Blind Bob’s

430 East Fifth Street, Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 938-6405
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Italian BurgerOkay – this is why I don’t like the specialty burgers. They just never live up to the great American classic of a standard burger with all the toppings for me. Don’t get me wrong, I still like trying the gourmet burgers with “themed fixings”, but they just don’t stack up against my love of the classics.

If you have read the reviews for the five-star burgers on this site, you will know that Blind Bob’s Double Cheeseburgers are definitely in the conversation for the best in the area.

So maybe my expectations were out of whack when I tried their Italian Burger? I mean…following a legend is never easy. This burger comes standard with provolone cheese, basil, sautéed green peppers and onions, lettuce and marinara sauce. The beef was juicy and well cooked, but when the sauce was added, there just wasn’t much flavor. Marinara is pretty reserved for a sauce, so it makes perfect sense – nothing on there that popped or added contrast. It wasn’t “bad” – just wasn’t great.

I highly recommend going to Blind Bob’s and trying out their incredible menu. And you know that everyone’s tastes are different, so there are certainly going to be people who enjoy this sandwich more than I did. But I would stick with their cheeseburger over this specialty burger – because it wasn’t that “special.”

“Would I come back here again?” The answer to that is every chance I get! Just not for this particular hamburger.

 

Taste:

Affordability for the Working Man: $11.50 for an Italian Burger, fries and a water

Would I Consider Going Back for this Burger: Probably Not

 

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BONUS

We saw on the menu a peculiar soup, one that I had never heard of before. PICKLE SOUP is their take on potato soup, with a twist! On the menu it reads “Sounds strange (we know), but Tastes Amazing”.

We ordered a cup of this soup to try it, and it blew our socks off! No kidding. One of the best soups I have tasted in my 48 years on this planet. We even got a to-go order to bring home with us if that tells you anything? 🙂

Do yourself a favor and give it a try.

 

The Sticky Burger

Archer’s Tavern Sticky Burger

The Sticky Burger at Archer’s Tavern (Centerville)

9496 Dayton-Lebanon Pike, Centerville, OH 45458
(937) 401-1015
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The Sticky Burger

Peanut butter and jelly – yes.  Peanut butter and chocolate – dreamy. Peanut butter and hamburger?!?

Archer’s Tavern in Centerville is one of my family’s favorite places to visit. Regardless of what we have ordered, the food is always very good, served hot and with a smile. They have a ton of beers available on tap that you cannot find anywhere else. Just an overall great experience in eating if you are near one of their locations (Centerville and Dorothy Lane).

So when I heard that the Sticky Burger at Archer’s was something they are known for, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to give it a go. Although I love peanut butter, I just could imagine the taste going with a hamburger and bacon. Actually, I avoided getting one as long as I could for fear of wasting money on a meal I wouldn’t enjoy.

But I can honestly say that the Sticky Burger truly IS GREAT! I was truly blown away with how good the burger really is, and now see why so many people have it ranked so high on their lists. The flavor from the peanut butter is not overwhelming at all, and simply finishes as an aftertaste. Very interesting combination that really works! The sandwich comes with bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, jack cheese and peanut butter. There is even a side of jalapeño jelly that you can add for extra flavor. A side of fries tops off this hearty meal – one I would recommend you try next time you are at one of their locations.

And the best rating I can give a place is simply answering the question…

“Would I come back here again?” The answer to that is MOST LIKELY.

 

Taste:

Affordability for the Working Man: $9.32 for a Sticky Burger, fries and water

Chances Would I Consider Going Back: Most Likely

 

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The Brandon Burger

Archer’s Tavern Brandon Burger

The Brandon Burger at Archer’s Tavern (Centerville)

9496 Dayton-Lebanon Pike, Centerville, OH 45458
(937) 401-1015
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The Brandon Burger

Archer’s Tavern in Centerville is one of my family’s favorite places to visit. Regardless of what we have ordered, the food is always very good, served hot and with a smile. They have a ton of beers available on tap that you cannot find anywhere else. Just an overall great experience in eating if you are near one of their locations (Centerville and Dorothy Lane).

That being said, I recently tried the “Brandon” Burger, which is a tender patty topped with your choice of a fried or scrambled egg and smoked bacon, with choice of cheese. They also provide toppings like lettuce, tomato, onions and pickle that you can add at your choosing, so the pictures depict both versions. I like to load mine up!

The Brandon BurgerI have to say, the egg on top really won me over. It was a different take on a hamburger, almost a “breakfast” taste to it. But it didn’t overpower the actual beef and toppings at the same time. A great mix and always prepared fresh. This is a solid hamburger – and I would suggest giving it a try. The sandwich comes with homemade fries that also melt in your mouth. Portions fill you up and it’s not “over the top” to where it’s difficult to eat (falling apart, etc.)

And the best rating I can give a place is simply answering the question…

“Would I come back here again?” The answer to that is MOST LIKELY.

 

Taste:

Affordability for the Working Man: $9.32 for a Brandon Burger, fries and water

Chances Would I Consider Going Back: Most Likely

 

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Jimmie's Ladder 11 Cheeseburger

Jimmie’s Ladder 11 Cheeseburger

The Cheeseburger at Jimmie’s Ladder 11

936 Brown St., Dayton, OH 45409
(937) 424-1784
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Jimmie's Ladder 11 CheeseburgerJimmie’s Ladder 11 is located inside a former firehouse that dates back to 1892 and is believed to be one of the last Dayton firehouses to use a horse drawn appartus. It was in continuous use until the new Fire House No. 11 opened at 145 Warren Street in 1987. The inside has a small stage for bands to perform live music, and they have an ample bar. Plenty of televisions to watch a game if you are inclined. The whole place seemed very clean and pleasant to visit. They had a nice selection of food on the menu, although I was only there for one reason. But if you are ever in downtown Dayton, and looking for a nice place to grab a bite – Jimmie’s might just do the trick.

The burger is made from six ounces of 100% Angus beef, mixed with house seasonings. It was juicy and cooked just the way I ordered it (medium rare), a little pink in the middle. I chose cheddar cheese, and loaded it with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mustard, ketchup and mayo. Even got a side of banana peppers (yum)! The toasted bun is very good as well, and really holds the sandwich together when eating. The burger comes with a side of Mike Sell’s potato chips, or you can substitute fries.

Jimmie's Ladder 11 cheeseburgerOverall, it was a solid hamburger. If I ever get back there again, I wouldn’t be afraid to order another one – although they have different “specialty burgers” I may have to try first. So good food, neat building and a good place to hang out with friends. Jimmie’s Ladder 11 is definitely worth trying out the next time you visit downtown Dayton.

And the best rating I can give a place is simply answering the question…

“Would I come back here again?” The answer to that is PROBABLY.

 

Taste:

Affordability for the Working Man: $9.00 for a cheeseburger, chips and water

Chances Would I Consider Going Back: Probably

 

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Hasty Tasty Pancake House Tastyburger

The Hasty Tasty Pancake House

The Tastyburger at the Hasty Tasty Pancake House

3509 Linden Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45410
(937) 254-8431
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The Tastyburger…Not!

Hasty Tasty Pancake House TastyburgerBilled as a “Big Boy, but better”, the Tastyburger gave me high expectations. Personally speaking, I love the Frisch’s Big Boy® and when I heard about one that was better – well, let’s just say I made it a priority to check this hamburger out. And I really wish I could tell you the legend was true…but I can’t!

This is no Big Boy – and it definitely isn’t better.

How’s that for frankness? This one hurt me folks, I’m not gonna lie. There is really nothing special about this sandwich. The two patties are small, the bun is pretty generic – I even couldn’t really taste the tartar sauce or whatever their secret sauce was. The cheeses wasn’t even cooked when I received it, like it wasn’t warm enough to melt it in any way.

The price was the only saving grace, as it was only $5.95 with a glass of water. Other than the burger being so underwhelming, the fries were cold and looked like they were Ore-Ida™ in quality. I ordered a side salad with Italian dressing. My “brown lettuce” might have been fresh at one time this week? Just not when I was supposed to eat it. I did take a bite, only to discover the normally zesty Italian dressing was actually something sweet – so I’m not really sure they put Italian on it. Didn’t matter…I stopped eating it at that point.

So would I say the Tasyburger lived up to it’s name as “tasty”? No. And the best way to describe my experience in answering my lasting question…

“Would I come back here again?” The answer to that is No Way.

 

Taste:

Affordability for the Working Man: $5.95 for a Tastyburger, fires and water

Chances Would I Consider Going Back: No Way

 

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Lark Burger

The Meadowlark Restaurant

The Lark Burger at the Meadowlark Restaurant

5531 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45429
(937) 434-4750
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A Meadowlark Lemon

Lark BurgerWell, not every quest can provide a happy ending.

I had high hopes for the Lark Burger after seeing it listed on various “Dayton’s Best” reviews. And then arriving at the restaurant, discovering it to be packed full of customers. That in itself is usually a great indicator that the food is well received by the masses. But never judge a book by it’s cover – as the Lark Burger left me wanting more.

The burger “sounds” amazing – coarsely-ground beef seasoned with red wine, minced onion, coarse salt and fresh rosemary. Served on a buttered, toasted kaiser roll with white cheddar, mustard-mayo and lettuce.

The bun was actually very soft and tasty, but pretty much “engulfed” the burger inside…disappointing. Every bite was flavorful, with a large dose of rosemary in each bite. I couldn’t really taste anything else though.

Not that it matters here, as we are discussing hamburgers, but the fries that accompanied the sandwich were unremarkable. They also were pretty sparse in the helping provided to you – I could see much more plate than fries. I believe it was homemade ketchup that had a very unique taste. Not what I was expecting and not in a good way.

So all-in-all, I would probably recommend passing on a visit to this establishment (at least for the Lark Burger). The other food being served looked very good, so maybe consider it for dinner? But for a Burger Quest, it came up woefully short.

And the best rating I can give a place is simply answering the question…

“Would I come back here again?” The answer to that is NO WAY.

 

Taste:

Affordability for the Working Man: $12.95 for a Lark Burger, fires and water

Chances Would I Consider Going Back: No Way

 

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Hamburger Wagon

The Hamburger Wagon

Single Sliders at the Hamburger Wagon

12 E Central Ave, Miamisburg, OH 45342
(937) 847-2442
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Simple, Spicy…Super!

Hamburger Wagon
The Hamburger Wagon Slider

Growing up in a neighboring town, the Hamburger Wagon has always been a local legend. Everyone has tried them, and seemingly everyone will tell you how good their hamburgers are. Believe it or not, they have been in business since 1913 – doing burgers their way and still going strong. Just don’t be put off that it literally is a wagon on the sidewalk, instead of a restaurant with tables and chairs.

Speaking of “strong”, let this be a warning for all of you who have never partaken of the Wagon’s sliders…they will STAY WITH YOU!

Of course, I mean this in a good way. I love onions, banana peppers, Tabasco® – pretty much all spicy foods. So when I am driving home from the Hamburger Wagon, and my mouth is still “tingly”…well, that’s a bonus. And before you worry too much, there is no “secret hot sauce” or insanely hot peppers added to the mix.

The beauty of these burgers is in their simplicity.

The hamburger meat is actually a mixture of beef and sausage. That adds a little spice right off the bat. Each patty is deep-fried in a large iron skillet and will give a nice “crunch” with every bite. They do not use any condiments – again, keeping it simple and letting the natural ingredients do all the talking. Each slider comes with a helping of salt and pepper added, along with a pickle slice and a whole slice of onion.

SECOND WARNING: The onion will stay with you the rest of the day! If that is not appealing to you, they do make them without onion upon request, but I can’t imagine it is nearly as good.

This little hamburger packs a huge punch! Full flavor with every bite. And quite possibly offer the best “value per price” of any hamburger on this list. At $1.25 each, you can have an affordable meal of four sliders for only 5 bucks!

So I would suggest stopping by the Hamburger Wagon next time you are in Miamisburg and give it a try. You will not be disappointed if you like a bold taste. Personally, I consider this to be a very unique and SOLID BURGER.

And the best rating I can give a place is simply answering the question…

“Would I come back here again?” The answer to that is PROBABLY.

 

Taste:

Affordability for the Working Man: $5 for four Hamburger Wagon Sliders

Chances Would I Consider Going Back: Probably

 

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O'Leary's Voss Burger

O’Leary’s Pub & Grub

The Voss Burger at O’Leary’s Pub & Grub

9450 Dayton Lebanon Pike, Centerville, Ohio 45458
(937) 433-1554
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Can a Hamburger be TOO BIG?!?

That was my initial reaction when the Voss Burger was placed in front of me. Far be it from me to complain about “more of something” – especially a hamburger of this magnitude.

O'Leary's Voss BurgerO’Leary’s Pub & Grub do themselves proud with this one. Two hand-smashed patties of ground chuck from nearby Zink’s Meat Market, kaiser roll, cheese, pickles, lettuce tomato, mayo, ketchup and mustard. This would be the works for any normal cheeseburger, but the Voss also adds their special cole slaw under the patties. When all stacked up, it seriously makes you figure out how to put it into your mouth?

Let me say that you will need a lot of napkins for this one, so be prepared. The gound chuck is juicy and flavorful. The toppings are fresh, but the addition of the slaw is what makes this burger. There is a decent portion of slaw added, yet it doesn’t overwhelm the taste – just adds to it subtly. Very nice indeed.

The waitress actually brought me a fork, just in case I would have to eat it as a meal, and not as a sandwich. Because it does fall apart on you after the juices get flowing, and combined with the height, makes it sort of difficult to eat with just two hands. If I had to go to the fork, I would have penalized this delight. A hamburger is made to be eaten as a sandwich, not with a fork and knife. Thankfully, I was able to keep “smashing” it into my face (oh, the glory of it all), and finish it like a true burger should be eaten.

So I would suggest that if you ever visit O’Leary’s Pub & Grub, give the Voss Burger a try. It is really very tasty, and the price includes a side of french fries. It is messy, and will get away from you quickly. Just don’t go for the fork and you’ll be completely satisfied with this SOLID BURGER.

And for me, the best rating I can give a place is simply answering the question…

“Would I come back here again?” The answer to that is MOST LIKELY!

 

Taste:

Affordability for the Working Man: $11 for the Voss Burger, fries and a water

Chances Would I Consider Going Back: Most Likely

 

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Blind Bob's Double Cheeseburger

Blind Bob’s Double Cheeseburger

Double Cheeseburger at Blind Bob’s

430 East Fifth Street, Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 938-6405
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Atmosphere

Blind Bob's Double CheeseburgerSounds funny to say Bob’s Burgers without giggling about the great television cartoon. But Blind Bob’s is far from a joke. In fact – it is squarely in the mix (if not the front runner) for best burger in the area!

Located in Dayton’s Oregon District, this local restaurant serves everything from brunch to dinner and drinks. They have a small stage where live music performs regularly. Not sure how parking works downtown, because there are not many spots available on the street. I think there is a nearby lot or parking garage, so check it out before visiting…and you SHOULD VISIT!

Burgers

Although they have some popular styles of burgers, such as the Rajun Cajun, the Frisco, BBQ and the Italian – I choose to get mine with the standard lettuce, mayo, onion and pickle. You can select from NINE different cheeses, which I’m sure affects the experience, but I stuck with American cheese.

SIDE NOTE: They also offer a variety of sauces and I asked for the Buffalo sauce to dip my fries into. Let me just tell you their Buffalo sauce was HOMEMADE and AWESOME! Blew me away. Can’t wait to try it on a chicken sandwich down the road.

The server was great and sat down briefly with us to chat. Came by to refill drinks and provide more napkins throughout. You WILL need more napkins. 🙂 The food came pretty quickly, but the place was just opening, so I’m sure that had something to do with it.

I was worried about getting a Double Cheeseburger, because sometimes (like at Wendy’s), when you get too much meat, it upsets the balance of flavors. Too meaty would make the fixings disappear, so I wondered if I had made a mistake?

Let me just say that the double beef was “perfect” for the taste and bite radius of my mouth. If this isn’t on of the best burgers I have eaten, then I am not sure what else could make it any better?!? Literally was full of flavor, juicy and tender to a fault – requiring the extra napkins mentioned above. I asked for medium rare, and was thrilled that it actually came to me that way. Many places overdo it as a form of protection, but this one was an absolutely ELITE and FANTASTIC HAMBURGER.

Do yourself a favor and go try this burger. You will not be disappointed. And for me, the best rating I can give a place is simply answering the question…

“Would I come back here again?” The answer to that is every chance I get! I would go out of my way to visit Blind Bob’s again, and it is about 20 minutes from my home.

 

Taste:

Affordability for the Working Man: $14 for Double Cheeseburger, fries and a water

Chances Would I Consider Going Back: 100%

 

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BONUS

We saw on the menu a peculiar soup, one that I had never heard of before. PICKLE SOUP is their take on potato soup, with a twist! On the menu it reads “Sounds strange (we know), but Tastes Amazing”.

We ordered a cup of this soup to try it, and it blew our socks off! No kidding. One of the best soups I have tasted in my 48 years on this planet. We even got a to-go order to bring home with us if that tells you anything? 🙂

Do yourself a favor and give it a try.