Terry’s Turf Club
I mean, do I really even need to review this? Who hasn’t been to Terry’s Turf Club by now? Who hasn’t enjoyed what was named the best burger in Ohio by Food Network? Who hasn’t taken their “standard” burger, which is amazing with just lettuce, tomato, ketchup and mustard, and decided to go nuts and put a lump crab cake on? Maybe some avocado? Or some Gouda cheese? Why not go with some Italian Proulone cheese with truffle oil? That’s the beauty of this place. You can get as simple or as complex a burger as you so choose.
But before you even get to that part, you can’t help but be a bit blown away by the atmosphere. As you arrive at Terry’s, located on Eastern Avenue not far down from Bella Luna, the décor certainly jumps out at you. Huge neon signs greet you on your way in, and the kitschy style continues inside with all kinds of beer and other fairly random signs. The wait staff is typically very friendly, especially at the bar. You even get peanuts to munch on while you wait. And yes, the wait can be a bit on the weekends, but it’s always worth it.
So, the question is, are we looking at a restaurant that is just weird for show and is riding on its episode of “Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives?” Absolutely not! I love hamburgers. There are some other really good burgers in Cincinnati (The Rookwood (http://wp.me/p3jVIR-2F) immediately comes to mind), but this is the absolute king. The meat is thick, juicy, and almost always perfectly cooked. The bun tastes great and the toppings are second to none. And they even have a great beer selection so you can enjoy a beer (or three) with your date/friends/family and a phenomenal burger.
The visit that I’m basing this review on was with an out of town friend and my wife. We started with the mozzarella roll (with homemade pesto and sundried tomato puree), and then each ordered a burger. My wife ordered a classic burger with just cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onions. My friend ordered a crazy amount of toppings…a lump crab cake, mushrooms, bacon, and several other things I can’t even remember at this point. I ordered one with avocado and a Portobello mushroom. All three were amazing, and I’m still not sure how my friend managed to get all of that burger in his mouth. The thing must have been half a foot tall. The three of us also ordered fries, which are pretty good but not at the same level as the burger and its toppings. That said, still worth the order and better than most places.
I’ll keep it simple…this is the best burger I’ve ever had. This place actually out-performs the hype. In addition to having the best burger I’ve experienced, the atmosphere is fun, the toppings are great, and the drinks flow smoothly. Go eat there as soon as you can…you’ll want to go back daily.