Restaurant Review: B Spot Burgers
The long awaited B Spot Burgers has made its Columbus(ish) debut. It’s a Michael Symon project; that is to say, it’s a celebrity project. He’s a charismatic Cleveland restaurateur who has earned extra fame on the wings of gigs on the Food Network as well as ABC’s The Chew.
While the chef’s image may be larger-than-life, the eatery itself is not. Instead of being huge and palatial, it’s modestly sized: cute, with a beer can mosaic across the main wall. It’s also got big, trendy garage doors that curl up to give the whole restaurant a little al fresco touch.
As the name says, the headlining act is burgers. Spoiler alert: they’re good, a cut above fast food ones, and in the league of other gourmet burger joints in town. It’s hard to reinvent the wheel ninety million times, but B Spot has some fun options for burger fans.
Specifically, there is Lola ($9.99). It’s a tall burger with bacon, red onions, cheddar and a shiny, super-photogenic sunny-side-up egg. There are some extra sauces at the table, for those who are so inclined. There is also a pickle bar, where guests can add everything from dill slices to kimchi.
The Lola is quite nice without all that extra DIY stuff. The meat is juicy, the egg and cheese ooze around the bacon to tie it all together. Same deal for Fat Doug ($8.99): it’s a burger with coleslaw, pastrami, mustard and swiss. Fat Doug strikes a perfect briny balance without getting up and piling on at the condiment bar.
If you don’t dig the house combos, you can build your own. The foundation starts around $7, for another dollar you can add cheese, for two bucks you can add deli meat, and there are other upcharge options for eggs, grilled onions or roasted peppers.
The price tag covers the burger. For an extra $3.99, you can score some fries. They’re skinny, with a little bit of peel: normal fries.
According to the denizens of the internet, the “B” in B Spot stands for more than burgers, it also stands for bologna, brats and big salads. B Spot has a nice twist on a classic bologna sandwich: the New School ($6.99) teams thick cut bologna with Russian dressing, red onions, sweet hot pickles and an egg. It manages to taste like kid stuff with grown up hot spicy tanginess all at the same time.
As for the Big Salads, the Roman ($7.99) gets the job done: good pile of romaine, radcchio, parmesan, croutons and caesar.
While Columbus has a healthy supply of gourmet burgers, it doesn’t have a plentiful supply of pork covered fries. The Porky Fries ($8.99) are the aforementioned long, skinny, house fries –covered with melty cheez whiz, then smothered with a slew of pulled pork and some peppers. The pork is lean and full of flavor that soaks into the cheesy fries: that combo might actually inspire another trip to the burbs.
Finally, a shake? They come in some funky flavors. Although stunt dining makes the apple pie and bacon shake sound interesting, a plain old Chocolate Shake ($5.99) sounds more delicious. It’s mixer-fresh, with teeny micro clots of ice cream that make shakes so very good.
You can find B Spot at 5091 N. Hamilton Road.
For more information, visit www.bspotburgers.com.
Photos by Mollie Lyman of www.fornixphotography.com. Photos are taken at a different time than review, so discrepancies between photos and review may occur.