The Taste Food Tour :: Buckeye Beer Engine Apr09


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The Taste Food Tour :: Buckeye Beer Engine

A pound of tots!

A pound of tots. Really? A full pound?

Imagine the excitement of a table full of hungry adults, sitting on the patio at Buckeye Beer Engine on a warm night, realizing we could order a FULL POUND OF TOTS!

So, we did. And, as we waited, our excitement mounted. We each imagined exactly what a full pound would look like. Each envisioned something different, but we all expected a bounty befit a fairy tale giant. So, really, we expected 10 pounds of tots.

When the basket arrived, it might not have been as overtly mountainous as our famished imaginations imagined. But, it was hearty, and Beer Engine served those tots up just right – crispy and golden on the outside so very hot and tot-like on the inside.

But, don’t stop at the tots. That’s just a starter. I’m here to tell you, there’s something else: A full menu of deliciousness at Buckeye Beer Engine.

The restaurant at 15315 Madison Ave. lives up to its name – offering vast choices in its own craft brews, as well those of other breweries across the United State. From kolschs to reds to IPAs to nitro stouts, the Beer Engine probably has something along the lines of what you want to quench your thirst. On a recent visit, the menu boasted nearly 30 different drafts, plus cans, bottles and for those who like it sweeter, meads. They even offer gluten-free and non-alcoholic options.

You’ll find just as diverse offerings if you’re hungry. If you want a burger (pretty much what I always order there, even though I tell myself I’m going to branch out to other pages in the menu), be prepared to study the menu for a while, especially if you’re in an adventurous mood.

You won’t leave hungry with Beer Engine’s Ohio grassfed burgers. My favorite is the nostalgic riff on Bob’s Big Boy burger, only here it’s called, “Bobz Big Boyz Burger.”  The 1/3-pound chargrilled patty is topped with two slices of American cheese, crinkle-cut dill pickle chips, house-made Bobz sauce, all served on a butter-toasted, sesame-seed bun. You can add an extra patty for an upcharge. I’m getting cravings just writing about this.

There are 13 other burgers on the main menu and usually a monthly special. Evan, growing young man he is, loves the West Side: 1/3 pound patty topped with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and – the piece de resistance, a Rudy’s potato-and-cheese pierogi and sour cream.

Burger aficionados with smaller appetites might want to go for the Buckeye Sliders, a plate of four mini burgers topped with grilled onions, dill pickle chips and choice of cheese. Non-carnivores, never fear – Buckeye Beer Engine offers spicy black bean burgers and sliders with lettuce, tomato and onion and a wasabi-cucumber sauce.

Reuben from Buckeye Beer Engine

If you aren’t into burgers as much as I and my kid are, Buckeye Beer Engine’s menu features sandwiches, soups and salads and numerous other appetizers selections besides tater tots. There’s also Saturday and Sunday Brunch with a Bloody Mary bar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

After looking at the menu again as I write this, I know that on a not-to-distant summer night, I’ll find myself on the Beer Engine patio, cold craft brew in hand, pondering either Bobz Big Boyz or a full pound of tots.

In Good Food and Community,

Robin Suttell