Thursday, December 17, 2015

Willies Sports Cafe

Our 68th Review
Official Review #68

6380 Glenway Avenue 
in Western Hills

Cincinnati, Ohio  45211


MONDAY- Burger Madness- Cheeseburger and Fries - $6.99 For Lunch

This is one of my Favorite places to eat, for many years now, I use to go to the one in Kenwood, but it closed, also I believe the one in Covington is now gone, not sure about any other locations, but this one is still in Western Hills, we got a Groupon Coupon for this one a great deal, I've always started out with one of my  Favorite appetizers anywhere, The HEART STOPPER - Waffle fries topped with Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, ranch dressing, bacon and green onions 8.99  I get this to start my meal anytime I've ever eaten here, it's a Delicious app and I definitely recommend it. I've also had many of their other appetizers and they have all been very good, so try anything they have with confidence.
Next, we ordered our Burgers and my Wife ordered the TACO SALAD - 8.99 
Fresh iceberg lettuce topped with your choice of chili or seasoned
chicken, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, pico de gallo, black
olives, sour cream, and guacamole. Served with tortilla chips 8.99 
Willie's burgers are a half-pound of fresh ground beef cooked to tender medium-well. 

Served with lettuce, tomato, red onion and French fries. Substitutions for an extra charge.
We both thought this was one of the better Taco Salads we've had anywhere.

Now on to the Burgers, all the years I had been going to Willie's in Kenwood, I had never tried their Burgers, now I'm glad I finally had one, I decided upon the Double RR Burger - 8.99  A half pound patty grilled to perfection and topped with BBQ sauce, ham and Swiss cheese 10 different Burgers, it was a tough Choice, the Fries were also very good.

I love Roney's the old Roy Rogers Restaurant Double R Burger, the Ham on it, gives it an extra added nice flavor.

This was a big Burger, not too big, but just about right, the whole thing looked very nice, nice presentation on it, it was piled pretty high with all the toppings, my first bite again always gives me my best idea of where I will head with the review, and this one was excellent, I couldn't wait to dig into it further, we both tried it out as we did her Taco salad.

Right away I knew this was a top 10 Burger on our list and definitely a challenger for top 5 for sure, they asked how I wanted it cooked, and as usual I got it Medium-Well the meat definitely had some spices which are always another good sign, and it tasted absolutely delicious, all the toppings were fresh and very good, the bun was good, but it could be even better with a nice Brioche Bun from GFS in Cincinnati, they could easily get their buns there, but these were still ok.

I have already purchased us another Groupon Coupon for this one and can't wait to go back and hope the Burgers are as good as they were on this trip.

The Waiter was very nice, a bit forgetful, but overall he was good, the place was nice and clean and big, we stopped in for lunch, on a weekend, it had a lot of people, it's located in a very busy area of Glenway Avenue, but has a lot of parking as it sits up on a hill, very easy to get into.

It's a Sports Bar, has several Tv's if you go to watch Sports.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this place, the appetizers are excellent and the Burgers just as good, this one is top 10 and for sure top 5 on our list, now I must decide exactly where to place it on the list, I can't wait to go back soon, the 1st of the year to try it again, one of the few places where the burger is so good, I'm still tasting it after we leave and wanting more and already planning another trip back.

Final Rating: 9.1*  Exceptional-Must try it!

Gold Star Chili

   Our 67th Review
Official Review #67

Many Locations in Cincinnati & N. Kentucky

They have been advertising their Burgers for a Long time, so we decided to drop in and check them out, they had a $4.99 Special going on, so we ordered that they have 6 different Burgers, so I'm not sure how much the regular prices are on their Burgers.
We got the Backyard Burger Topped with grilled ham, grated cheddar and tomato with BBQ sauce and a touch of chipotle dressing.  1/3 Pound Gourmet Burgers, it's a place you would not think to find a good burger or even try one, but if they serve them, I will try them, we were pleasantly surprised when we got our Burgers, they looked great to start off with, I can usually tell from my first bite how it's going to go, and it was very good, the bun also was good, they don't ask how you want it cooked, it appeared well done, the flavor of the meat was very good, and it definitely had some spices in it, salt, pepper and not sure what else, but it was good, the Bun did not fall apart, which is always a plus and it was good.
The toppings were all fresh and tasted good as well, this location served fries, not sure if all do, but they were also very good, a great deal if they still have this for the price, probably a Lunch special they do.

Final Thoughts: Again this one surprised us, it was really good, I prefer Skyline & Empress Chili over their 5-ways and Coneys, but if I eat here again, I will definitely order a Burger and can definitely recommend it.

Final Rating: 6.5* Try it-above avg/Good to Very Good.

Next Tasty Review: Willies Sports Cafe

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Cafe on the Green

Our 66th Review
Official Review #66

3670 Smith Rd
California, Kentucky 41007

859.635.2170    859.448.0205

Café Classic Burger  $7.95   Monday after 6pm
Burger Special    $6.95
1/2lb Classic Cheeseburger & fries.
Seasoned 1/2lb Burger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle & Mayo, it came with 2 slices of American Cheese.
It's a huge Burger, a very large piece of beef, definitely seasoned, I ordered it Medium Well as usual and it comes with fries.
It's located off the AA Hwy. in California, Ky. just down from the California Marketplace, it's located on a Beautiful Golf Course, it can't be seen from the main road, and it's a very nice, clean Restaurant, you can eat outside and have a great view of the Golf Course, but it was way too hot for that, when 3 of us went for Dinner.
The Garden topping the Burger was fresh, and the Beef had an excellent taste to it, the only thing I would change would be to ask that just,
1 slice of American Cheese instead of 2, just a bit too much for me, the bun was ok, not one of the better ones I've tried, but it was not bad,
but if they would add a nicer tasting bun, it would up to the rating on this Burger a lot, as the meat was very good, one of the better pieces of beef, I've tasted on a Burger and also one of the biggest pieces.
The others in the group decided on Ribeye Steak  and they also taste tested the Burger as I did their steak and I can say it was one awesome Steak, actually the steak would get a much higher rating than the Burger, and that's not taking anything away from the Burger, the fries were also very
good, and more than enough to go with the meal, for $7.95 it was definitely worth it.

I can recommend this Burger, but if I return, it will be for the Ribeye Steak, on Mondays after 6pm, you can get the 1/2lb. burger & fries for $6.95, so I might return sometime for that deal.

Final Thoughts: This one was good, not awesome and not overall top 10 but worth a try if you're in the area.

Final Rating: 7.0* (Try it-abv.avg/GdtoVG)

Next Tasty Review: Gold Star Chili Burger!

915 Pub & Grill

Our 65th Review
Official Review #65

915 Burger with Fries

Sunday, November 15, 2015

By Golly's

Our 64th Review
Official Review #64

714 Lila Ave
Milford, Ohio 45150


We chose this location based on a Battle of the Burgers by Cincy Vibe online website, they had several testers go out and review several of the best Burger Places in Cincinnati, now I've tried many of the ones they did and don't agree with all of their reviews, like Gabby's Cafe, they rated it a bit lower in their reviews, but they did say it was due to the burger they ordered was just too well done, and that lowered its rating, it just happened to be a bad night to get a burger there, it can happen anywhere, but they did rate this Burger high on the list and we happen to agree with this one.

We had also just tried Putters Tavern not far from here and stopped in here on the way home, it's a nice looking little Sports Bar, it was very crowded when we walked in, and no place to sit, so I ordered us a couple of  Burgers to go, The Lila Burger    $6.99 a classic burger with all the fixings. and a By Golly $8.99 their signature patty, topped with swiss cheese, sauteed onions and honey mustard dressing.

This was one excellent Burger, definitely a top 10 on our list, it had excellent flavor, definitely it has some spices on it, all the toppings on the Lila looked fresh and were good, the sauteed onions and swiss cheese and honey mustard dressing tasted great, from the first bite we knew we had a winner here, everything about it was good, it was not one of the best looking burgers we've seen, but we don't rate our Burgers on looks, just Flavor, it was definitely real Beef and cooked to order, the bun was also good, and I really loved the honey mustard, it really added to the flavor, both burgers were excellent, I thought Putters, where we had just come from, was a bit better, but this one was definitely at the top of our list.

Final thoughts: An excellent burger, I would recommend definitely stopping here and trying this one out, be prepared to get it to go if you don't want to wait for a seat, as it can get crowded.

Final Rating: 8.5*  (Exceptional-Must try it!)

Nest Tasty Review: 915 Pub & Grill

Dairy Yum Yum II

Our 63rd Review
Official Review #63

1105 2nd Street Ripley Ohio


It was recommended to us to try this littlel local Dairy Bar out and to try the double burger here, it was similar looking to a  Frisch's Big boy, it had moved on down the road from it's original location, it's a very nice looking little Dairy Bar, that serves a variety of food, service was good and it was clean.

We stopped in on a Sunday after Church for Lunch, the Burger looked good, and just like a Big Boy, but
it tasted nowhere near as good, it was a decent sized sandwich, but the flavor just was not there, I added Salt and pepper but it only helped a little, the beef patties just did not have much flavor, it was a plain ole bun, just nothing special at all for it to have been recommended that we try it out, my Wife had a very good, chicken sandwich and the onion rings were also very good, and the fries that came with our meals were good.

I just wish I could have liked the burger more, as I love these little local Dairy bars and burger places.

I would return for the Chicken sandwich, fries and onion Rings but not the Burger I had, I would definitely order something else, not bad, just not good enough, so not much else to say about this one, just way too plain tasting.

We also had ice cream for dessert and it was good, but our overall meal was a bit expensive for what all we had. slightly overpriced in our opinion, if I were ever in the area, and wanted a Burger, I would go to the Bowling Alley just down the road at Town & Country for their Sliders, which are excellent.

Final Thoughts:  decent big boy look alike, but definitely did not have the flavor to boost it up the list.

Final Rating: 5.0Average/Not Bad-Nothing Special.

Next Tasty Review: By Golly's

Forgot to get a Photo of the Food here, but if you know what  a Frisch's Big Boy looks like that's it.

Rick's Tavern & Grille

Our 62nd Review
Official Review #62

5955 Boymel Drive Fairfield, Ohio 45040


This is one we found from Groupon Coupons, I had been here many years ago, but they had moved just around the corner of the strip mall they were in, and up the lane abit, but basically the same exact area and block. We ordered the Angus Burger 7oz. $7.99  and they also have a  5oz. $5.99 cooked to order and choice of Toppings with fries, It's a fairly big sports bar,a bit dark and gloomy in many spots, but it looked clean, service was fair, our waitress was training someone new, but in my opinion was acting like she had somewhere better to be than training someone, it was around Lunch time, but only a few people were there.

This Burger was pretty good, but not as good as it looked, it looked great, one of the best looking Burgers I've had anywhere, the lettuce was a nice bright green, the tomato nice and red and juicy looking, nice big white onion, it was a big burger,  but overall the taste was a little blaw, it was real beef and cooked to order, medium well as we ordered it, but it was just lacking something, I added some salt & pepper, which helped some, but it just seemed to need a lot more, the more was not bad, the fries were very good, but the burger did not live up to it's good looks or the good fries, it was not bad, but a bit dry and just lacking flavor, I would have loved to recommend it and give it a high rating, since it looked the part of a top 10 burger, but the flavor just did not cut it, I wish had more to say about this one, but that's it, good fries, good toppings, good looks, nice sports bar, fair service, but a blaw tasting burger.

Final Thoughts: Not top 10, even though it was real Beef and looked great, just too plain tasting for me.
If I returned here, I would try something else, not a bad burger, just not worth $8 with other great burgers around.

Final Rating: 6.0* Avg/Not Bad-Nothing Special.

Next Tasty Review: Cafe on the Green

Saturday, November 7, 2015


Our 61st Review
Official Review #61

  • 6923 Plainfield Road
  • Silverton, in Cincinnati, Ohio 45236


I've lived in the area my entire life and this Bar has had several owners over time and been a different type of place, but now it's locally owned and it's now a Sports Bar that serves a good variety of food.

We got a Groupon coupon for it, so decided to try it out, we had held our yearly Fantasy Football draft here at the beginning of the season but were so busy drafting, we only had time then, for appetizers, more on that visit later.

This trip it was 2 of us and we tried the Hamilton's All-American Burger, $7.99 A 1/3 lb patty topped with American cheese, lettuce, red onion, tomato & pickle. it says on the Menu all Burgers cooked to Medium Well, My Wife ordered the M.V.P. - B.L.T., $6.99 A Hawaiian toast filled with lettuce, bacon, tomato & mayo. Served with warm tortilla chips & Sal Sancho dressing. Her BLT was excellent, the Bacon had very good flavor to it and was crunchy an cooked done, too many places give you soggy bacon, this bacon, looked and tasted great, the Tomato and lettuce were fresh and tasted good, the Hawaiian toast also had a good flavor and I like their Mayo, overall an excellent BLT, served with Red, & Black Chips that were also very good with a very good tasting dipping sauce.

Now onto the Burger review, The Burger was big and looked great, one of the best looking ones I've had anywhere, nowhere on the Menu could I find if it was 100% real beef or some type of frozen pre-made patty, the Menu mentions several times that their burgers are 1/3 and 1/4 pound patties, if a place serves real beef, I always believe they will advertise that fact to promote the Burger, since it did not mention that fact, and after my taste test, I have to say it's a pre-made, Frozen Patty out of a Box, to me it tasted like that, although one of the best Frozen ones I've had, but it still lacked the look and flavor of a real Beef Patty, Hand-Made, it tasted extremely plain, I could not detect any spices or anything, and even though the Menu says all Burgers are cooked Medium-Well, this one looked well done.
The Meat itself, just had ZERO flavor, the lettuce and tomato were fresh and tasted good, it had one of the better buns I've had anywhere on a Burger, so if they started serving a real beef burger with better flavor, they could have a real winner here and a definite top 10 contenders on our list.

I could have asked what kind of meat it was, but if the meat is that flavorless and looks that much like it comes out or a box, then I just assume it's not real beef.

The Burger came with a good amount of Fries and they were pretty good, we ordered Potato Skins, they call them, Big Klu Tater Skins $8.99 5 potato boats topped with bacon, scallions & cheese. Served with sour cream, these are excellent Skins, a bit overpriced for sure, maybe $6.99 would be more acceptable.

Now a short review on our Fantasy Football Draft we held there, we got their Private room in the front to the right as you walk in, a decent sized room for our Draft with some large empty walls that allowed us to place our Draft board on, and plenty of tables and chairs, we told them when we reserved the room for a Saturday Early afternoon what we wanted the room for ahead of time, as we all arrived, a waitress finally came in, we ordered skins, as with this trip, they were good, but she only came back 2 or 3 times during our draft to check on 10 of us, also we found 1 light to turn on, so we asked about the other lights in the Room, she said they were burnt out, WOW, several and most of the lights in the room and all but 1 were burnt out, really, LOL, and they knew we were coming that day and time and still did not change the lights, luckily it was daylight out and we had some lighting through the Window, all I can say about our Draft here is that we will never hold our Draft here ever again, we heard from some friends that other Sports Bars were offering Drafting tools to use and giving group discounts on food and drinks, and another place I saw online offered 1 or 2 Free apps, per so many people attending, this place seemed to care less they had a group of 10 or more in their Private room on a slow day when barely half a dozen people were in the place beside us, so definitely no more drafts here.
If they had any clue about Fantasy Football and it's popularity, they would turn that room into a DRaft room and advertise it and offer things to groups that Draft there, they might make some extra cash, but they seem clueless to it and seemed not to care about anyone in that room, no matter how many people are in it.

Final Thoughts: The Burger tasted like a Pre-made Frozen Patty, and looked it, although a good Frozen Patty and if it was real beef, then it's either a very good frozen Patty or a bad piece of real beef, I'm leaning towards the Frozen Patty one.
I would return here for the BLT, and Tater Skins, even at $9 for the Skins, and would be willing to try something else, but I doubt I would ever order the Burger again, not that it was bad, but for $8 for a Frozen Patty, it's not worth it and it has no taste, if not for a Good tasting bun and fresh tasting toppings, it would be last on my list, so try something else, unless  you want to pay $8 or more for a good Pre-made Frozen patty.

MY SUGGESTION TO MVP< Start Buying real 100% Beef or Angus and advertise that fact, put a few spices on it and ask how people wish it to be cooked, and keep the Bun and fresh toppings and you could have one of the best Burgers in the City.

Final Rating: 6.0* (Avg/Not Bad-Nothing Special)

Sunday, May 24, 2015


Our 60th Review
Official Review #60

Logan's Roadhouse
2 Locations in the Cincinnati Area and 1 in Florence, Ky.

4555 Eastgate Blvd. 
Cincinnati, Ohio 45245



Our 59th Review
Official Review #59

Several Locations in the Cincinnati area and 2 in N. Ky. check out the website for Locations near you, for this review I tried the Florence, Kentucky location.

7905 Mall Road
Florence, Kentucky
Just across from Florence Mall by Toys r us.

I have always loved Izzy's Sandwiches, their Reubens and Corned Beef & Salami, with Pickles and excellent Fried Potato Pancakes, I'm not sure when they started adding Burgers, but just recently I started seeing them pop up in best burger discussions for the area, so we decided to try them out.

We ordered a Double ZZ Burger with Corned Beef, $8,99  a 100% Angus beef on rye, you can get it with Corned Beef, or Pastrami.

Also an Izzy Burger $8.29 With lettuce, tomato and red onion on a toasted kaiser bun.

They both come with about 4 of their excellent Pickles, a big Potato Pancake, and a pack of Mustard, I normally don't use Mustard on my Burgers, but it's good on these and their regular Sandwiches.

They don't ask you here how you want them cooked, ours came well-done, next time if I come here again, I will ask if they can cook it Medium-Well and see if they will do that or if Well-Done is their Standard way to cook them.

They were fairly good-sized thick patties, definitely no hint of spices, no salt, pepper or anything, we had to add our own, it was a good tasting piece of Beef, reminded me of Zip's Cafe Burgers, a good tasting burger, but something I could cook on my own grill at home with good beef, nothing special, just plain good.

The Rye that mine came on was really good, I actually preferred it over the Kaiser Bun of their Plain burger, also the Corned Beef was excellent and added to the taste of the Burger, made it much better, gave it a better Flavor.

I think if they would add some spices when cooking it, and if they would ask how you wanted them cooked, would definitely improve the Flavor of these good burgers.

We both agreed this was a pretty good Burger and would definitely prefer the one with the Corned Beef on any future trips.

The Whole Meal definitely filled us up.

Final Thoughts: We can definitely recommend these Burgers, give the Double ZZ a try with Corned Beef or Pastrami, otherwise, you will get just a plain ole good burger, the Corned Beef or Pastrami really makes it different and special.

Final Rating: 7.0* - 6.0* without the Corned Beef or Pastrami, 7.0* with it.

 with Corned Beef on Rye!

Friday, May 22, 2015


Our 58th Review
Official Review #58

  • 5468 Taylor Mill Rd
  • Taylor Mill, Kentucky 41015


We stopped in here on a late Monday night so we could get a meal and watch Monday Night Football, I had remembered getting Wings here more than 20 years ago and could not believe it was still here, I don't think it had the same name, but served Wings and the same type of food.

the inside looks great, it's split into 2 parts, the left side is the Bar with a wall separating the Dining area, which has an old-time look to it.

The Waitress was awesome that night, we ordered 20 Garlic Wings and a couple of deluxe Burgers.

The Wings were excellent, they won the N. Kentucky award for Best Wings in the area and it's well deserved, the Burger is another thing, I won't go into too much on it, except that, I won't go here again for Burgers, they are known for their  Wings, so that's what you should order, the Fries were also good.

The Bun fell apart, again, I absolutely hate when I 1st pick up a burger and the bun starts falling apart, the Burger itself, just was not very good, it was pretty plain, it was a big burger, but the bun was not good and the meat could have been much better, I  would never order it again, simply put, there are so many better Burgers around, go elsewhere for them, but go here for the Great Wings.

No more needed here, it just was not good!

Final Thoughts: Great Wings, I love the Garlic Wings & Fries with Celery & Blue Cheese!
If this were a Blog for Best Wings, this one would be in the top 5 and Challenge for the top spot, as good as any Wings around.

Final Rating: 4.5*