Friday, April 1, 2011

Built My Burger at 56 West

During the last Cleveland Independents' gift certificate sale, "R" purchased a $25 certificate to 56 West. Known for their "build-your-own" burgers, we knew that it was a casual place that we should check out. With my parents in town last weekend, and big dining out plans at Palate on Saturday, we wanted a low-key dinner on Friday and easily narrowed it down to 56 West.

We were dining kind of late, arriving at 8:30 p.m., but the dining room was still buzzing and food was coming out quickly. After a round of beers were ordered, we decided to share the HOT AND SPICY- Pickle chips tossed in a special seasoned flour, beer battered and fried, and served with red curry dipping sauce ($6) and the BREAD AND SPREAD '3-WAY' with fresh baguette served with three spreads- olive tapenade, oven dried tomato relish, and herbed goat cheese spread ($6). The pickle chips were good, but the tang of the dill pickle was a little lost in the heavy beer batter. I personally prefer Market's lighter version of this dish. The bread and spread was served as three hearty slices of bread, each topped with one of the spreads. It was a little difficult to share with four people, but somehow we made it work. All three were good, but the goat cheese was my favorite.

Then, we worked on ordering entrees. I knew that I had to try one of the BYO burgers ($6). For the burgers, there are six categories: Main (4 choices), Bun (4), Sauce (8), Greens and Things (6), Cheeses (10) ($1 per item), and Gourmet Toppings (8) ($1.5 per item). Lots of options, and decisions to be made! Check out their menu for the full list. I selected a hamburger, 56 Classic bun, roasted garlic aioli sauce, goat cheese, caramelized onions, and a fried egg. My masterpiece:
One gooey, runny bite in and I knew that I had made a good decision. I didn't love the 56 Classic bun, but the other components were working harmoniously together so I quickly forgot. I think it was the sesame seeds that threw me. I think the test of a truly good burger is whether or not it runs down your hands, and this burger was so juicy that it certainly was! I also ordered a side of their sweet potato fries, which were served with a gaujillo pepper, brown sugar and cinnamon rub. They were seasoned well, and everyone at the table enjoyed grabbing a few. Sweet potato fries can often be soft, but these had a nice crispy outer layer.

So I left happy with my meal, and already planning another BYO burger!

56 West
16300 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107-3624
(216) 226-0056

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Heather said...

Jay and I really liked the burgers there, too. It was the appetizers and sides that were disappointing (and small for the price!). So we haven't been back. But your description of your burger has me thinking about going soon!

Alicia at Poise in Parma said...

I hate a soft sweet potato fry. I'm kinda snobbish about it actually! Glad to hear theirs hold up!

Have been meaning to stop by this restaurant for a long time. Thanks for the reminder!

Renee said...

I absolutely loved the 56 Classic bun. I can take or leave the sesame seeds, but the bun itself had a wonderful chewiness to it that I really enjoyed.

I, however, wasn't crazy about the sweet potato fries. The gaujillo pepper wasn't potent enough for me- so I mostly tasted brown sugar and cinnamon. A little too sweet for my savory side.

We had a bit of a problem with the owner/manager's attitude, otherwise I would return in a heartbeat. Their burgers were my second favorite in town. I liked them better than Tremont Tap House or Buckeye Beer Engine. However, B-Spot still reigns supreme, in my opinion!

Bite Buff said...

Heather- I could agree with that. I think the *small* side of fries I got was not worth what we paid. But the burgers are reasonably priced.

Alicia- Check it out soon and enjoy!

Renee- The fries could have been a little less sweet for my taste as well, but the small portion was just right. Too many more and I would have had to leave them behind. But I did enjoy them overall.

Proudfather said...

Bite Buff: my personal choice at 56 West was the baguette instead of the bun. It was chewy enough to be interesting, but not a distraction from the burger and toppings. I will also point out that if the sweet potato fry order had been more generous, you could have shared more!