Review: City View Tavern

Ever since I started this blog (and divulged that Terry and I really  like a good burger), I’ve heard the same thing over and over again: “You have to try Cityview!”  Located in Mt. Adams, City View Tavern is known for a couple of things: Bloody Marys and burgers.

I’ll be honest– I hadn’t even wandered into that particular nook of Mt. Adams until I did the Cinciditarod a couple of months ago (and we all toyed with the idea of stopping at City View instead of continuing on with the race).  Terry suggested it a week or two ago, and we stopped by on a Saturday afternoon.

The place is small, and everyone was out on the porch– except for us.  We couldn’t get a table outside, so we stayed inside, near the bar, and among a ton of Cincinnati memorabilia I’d forgotten about– I distinctly remember a bunch of the Bengals stuff, in particular, from when I was a kid.  I felt a little bit like I was in my grandparents’ basement.

Their menu is simple: burgers, beef barbecue (I really feel like I’m in my grandparent’s basement with that one), a grilled cheese sandwich, mettwurst, and soup.  We both got burgers– Terry got the Big Ted Deluxe and I got the Teddy.  The menu in the restaurant wasn’t clear about what the difference was– I assumed with the diminutive form of “Ted”, that it would be smaller.  Nope– just no lettuce or tomato.  Your choice of chips were plain or Grippo’s– we got a bag of each.
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See a difference between those burgers?  Yup, same size– just no vegetables on mine.  As far as the burgers– are they best in the city?  I don’t think so– I still like Terry’s better.  They make a good burger– well-done (which is not my preference) but still a little juicy, but the flavor, to me, came more from the condiments than from well-seasoned meat.  Terry enjoyed his a little more than I did, but Terry is usually happier with a basic burger than I am– I tend towards the non-American cheese and atypical condiments.  We both left satisfied, but it wasn’t as transcendent an experience as I had been led to believe.

(An entire post is forthcoming on Grippo’s.)

One big criticism– their website.  I don’t like “fun” websites when I’m just trying to get information– it’s a site done in Flash that has a buzzing bee as a cursor, and it’s very difficult to get past the landing page, much less find the menu for reference.  Restaurants: can you please make your sites simple, not made entirely in flash, and provide menus in HTML instead of PDF?  Please?

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