Last month Vinnie and I were in Cleveland for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. I had planned ahead of time that we would check out a restaurant owned by one of my all-time favorite Food Network chefs, Michael Symon. I've watched enough Iron Chef America to know that he’s a Cleveland native (and a huge Browns fan). I knew about his prized bistro Lola (and Lolita) but I had no idea I was about to hit the mothership of all things delicious in Cleveland. That's when I came across B Spot. Michael Symon owns a burger joint in Cleveland? I’m sold. Vinnie humored my whimsical plan-making, and sure enough this was our lunch spot on one of the sunniest afternoons I had seen in a while.
Beer, Burgers, Brats and Bourbon, this place proved to be much more than your average burger joint. There were too many B’s to pick just one, so Chef Symon named it B Spot to encompass them all. And man, does the menu deliver. I had wished I was hungrier so I could order one of everything. Aside from the fantastic menu, I loved all of the decorative touches that really gave the place it’s own vibe. Vinnie and I had fun picking out the beer labels we recognized on the giant wall art made out of beer cans (in the gallery below!).
The menu took me a while to read through, and even longer to decide what I wanted. I chose to build my own burger, with melty white American cheese and sriracha mayo on top. Vinnie ordered ‘the porky,’ a burger that comes piled with pulled pork, coleslaw and barbecue sauce. One thing we both noticed was how light and airy the bun was. It definitely made you focus on the taste of the burger and toppings, unlike other burgers I’ve had where the bun is most of your bite. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves!
We also split an order of Lola Fries, a name I recognized from Michael Symon's other menus. They were to die for; perfectly crispy and extra garlicky. If you know me, you know that I love dipping sauces. B Spot leaves a caddy full of condiments for your choosing, and believe me, I tried every single one of them. The best flavor was the coffee barbecue sauce. It was sweet and earthy and tangy all at once.
Overall, it was an awesome choice for a quick lunch and I’d totally recommend it to anyone in the Cleveland area! I’m still exploring new food places in my own neighborhood, Roswell, GA. Check back soon for my next restaurant endeavor.