Ah, the burger. An American classic, this dish has a fairly simple recipe to follow that makes it difficult to have a bad burger. However, when you have an
amazing burger, your taste buds know it instantly. It’s juicy, rich, and flavorful, and upon that flavorful first bite more than just your sense of taste is impacted. Your eyes sparkle, your lips curl up into a smile, and your grip on the bun involuntarily tightens. We’ve all had that experience once or twice, but at these Greater Cleveland diners, such an experience is the norm. Prepare your taste buds, because amazing flavor is only a short drive away.
1. Fresh & Meaty Burgers, 13187 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights
Here, fresh ingredients are purchased daily, ensuring your taste buds an experience that lives up to this establishment's name. And, since Fresh & Meaty is open Saturday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to midnight, there is plenty of time to squeeze in a meal. Portions here range from petite to king sized, catering to appetites of all sizes.
2. Local West, 7400 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland
This American style pub is oozing with charm and amazing food. Here, flavor is king, and no portion is too big. The Murv Burger, pictured here, is a must for adventurous eaters. Stop in Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a taste you'll never forget.
3. Tremont Taphouse, 2572 Scranton Road, Cleveland
Tremont is a neighborhood famous for its unimaginable cuisine, and this gastropub is no exception to that rule. Featuring a huge patio, an evolving beer list, and absolutely incredible food, stop in weekdays between 4 p.m. and midnight for an epic dinner, or stop by Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. or Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
4. Hodge's, 668 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
The milieu of this restaurant is phenomenal, almost as epic as their American fare with an elegant twist. With juicy burgers and Happy Hour deals, this eatery is great for any occasion. On cooler days, unwind by the fireplace for a cozy encounter. Stop in Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., or Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a mouthwatering meal.
5. Betty's Bomb Ass Burgers, 12910 Taft Avenue, Cleveland
If you're a fan of food truck fare, you'll find that Betty's Bomb Ass Burgers is aptly named. Some of the burgers are downright bizarre, but the flavors are incredible. If you're brave enough to try a burger with PB&J, for example, this food truck is a perfect fit. Try delicacies such as the Boeing Fortress, The Dominator, or the Spitfire Vegan Burger.
6. Rowley Inn, 1104 Rowley Avenue, Cleveland
This quaint bar is quiet, historic, and friendly, the perfect embodiment of the Tremont area. This hidden pub hides an affordable and delicious selection of food, ranging from pierogies to corn dogs to burgers. Cleveland classics are best washed down with a delicious craft brew. This pub is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., save for Sundays when it closes at 10:30 p.m.
7. Smokin Thyme Kitchen, 14201 Madison Avenue, Lakewood
This destination is still new and shiny, and it is a great addition to the Lakewood community. When it comes to their moist, juicy burgers, there are a number of toppings and sauces to choose from to ensure that your meal caters perfectly to your palate. Swing in for a quick bite Tuesday between noon and 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a..m. to 11 p.m., or Sundays between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
8. Heck's Cafe, 2927 Bridge Avenue, Cleveland
Traditional American fare comes with a super chic twist at this incredible Ohio City cafe. The space is heavenly, overflowing with fascinating decor and good vibes. The menu? Effortlessly delish. The cafe is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a,m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
9. Simply Greek, 11454 Uptown Avenue, Cleveland
One would not expect that a Greek eatery would serve up some of the tastiest burgers in the CLE, but it's a surprising truth that patrons have uncovered at this incredible local restaurant. Notably fresh food, friendly service, and a casual ambiance are defining factors of this restaurant that's located just outside of University Circle. For incredible flavor, stop by Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. or Sundays from 12:30 to 7 p.m.
10. Barrister's Deli, 1424 Hamilton Avenue, Cleveland
Decadent, delicious, and piled high with the tastiest accoutrements... sometimes, you can tell when a diner has been serving up smiles since 1964. This New York-style deli serves up the tastiest sandwiches that are perfect for lunch, dinner, or a mid-day snack. Stop in Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or stop by Friday when they are open for just an hour later.
11. Academy Tavern, 12800 Larchmere Boulevard, Cleveland
This east side eatery is a must-visit for burger fans. With savory food, delicious beer, and a casual environment, this neighborhood staple is the perfect place for a quick bite or a laid-back meal. Swing in Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, or Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for a taste that can't be beat.
With incredible ambiance, friendly patrons, and some of the yummiest burgers on earth, Cleveland is a great place to be. Where is your favorite area eatery to bite into a burger?