When Kerrie and I first moved to Cincinasty, we went to this dumpy shithole called Bargo's. Bargo's was a serious defeat for me, as I was looking for a dive bar to call "home" and this place was just awful.
The food was bad and the people in there just put off some bad vibes. I wasn't necessarily looking for a new Howard's H, but I had an idea of what I wanted and this place was a serious letdown.
Jumping ahead, 4 years later...
Kerrie and I found Rick's Tavern, only because we like going to Acapulco. Every time we would eat at Acapulco, we inevitably would discuss trying Rick's. We, of course, always managed to procrastinate and put it off or just plain forget it existed. But then it happened. We managed to get our act together enough to go in and have dinner, which, admittedly, I wasn't all that into. But Kerrie liked it so we went back. And just because I was looking for something simple, I ordered a burger.
And this is where I start to gush...
Rick's has one of the best burgers I have ever tasted. It may just be better than the Friendly Stop or Sonic. Their burgers, so they say, are fresh/not frozen. I believe it too. Maybe I've been in this business too long, but I recognize frozen vs fresh - especially after my stint at the Corner Grill. Another thing I find impressive is their french fries. Although they serve (ahem) Crinkle Cut Fries, they are really good. They're crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It's a sad state of affairs when I'm impressed by the fact that some guy working a fryer can actually do his job properly.
Okay, I'm going all over the place here, so to summarize:
One of the 5 best burgers I have ever eaten.
Awesome fries, even though they are crinkle cut.
Very nice atmosphere, very good feeling place to eat.
I think what's most gratifying is that Kerrie and I finally found a place we can go to regularly. It's our place...