(Guest post by The Boyfriend)
Julie doesn’t normally review chain restaurants here on wine me, dine me. But this is a general guideline, not a hard-and-fast rule. She does make exceptions for local chains, small chains, and chains that are just moving into the Cincinnati area. (Ed. note: isn’t it nice to have your own blog? I love my own rules.)
It is under that last caveat that I proudly and enthusiastically present this mini-review of Fatburger, which opened recently on Madison Road in Oakley.
My life is a quest for the perfect cheeseburger. I may have just found it.
With Julie out of town on a business trip, I was looking for a place to treat myself to lunch today. I remembered that I had driven past the new Fatburger location earlier in the week, and the place seemed to be open for business. Since I was in the neighborhood, I stopped in.
At 12:30 p.m. on a Saturday, the parking lot was virtually full. This is a good sign.
When I walked in, the line extended from the counter to the door. This, too, is a good sign.
A prominently-displayed sign boasts “Voted Best Burger in Los Angeles and Las Vegas”. Further good news.
Burgers are not made until they are ordered, and they are delivered to the table fresh off the grill. It just gets better and better.
I had the Kingburger (the Fatburger’s bigger cousin), an order of skinny fries (standard shoestring fries…steak fries are also available), and a soda.
I moaned and groaned with each bite of the burger. This was one of those meals that I was actually sad when it was over.
There is no real secret here. Fresh ground beef, fresh bun, fresh toppings.
Fatburger has been around more than fifty years. The chain has fewer than eighty-five locations nationwide, and about fifty of those are in California and Nevada. The Oakley location is the first in the Cincinnati area. There are two other locations in Ohio, both in the Cleveland area.
I might still give the overall nod to Terry’s Turf Club, but Fatburger has just supplanted Steak & Shake as my favorite semi-fast-food, sit-down hamburger chain.