You can’t spell “burger” without “Ohio.”
Hmm, now that we look closely, it appears you can. But the fact remains: Ohioans worship the hamburger in its many and varied forms, from biscuit-thin sliders to two-fisted beef bombs with all the trimmings. Locals order them up by the sack on the side of the road or alongside a cold brew in a warm and weathered tavern. Most of these praiseworthy patties come from classic spots, while others hail from commendable upstarts. Regardless of where they live, these burgers all have one thing in common: they elicit pure joy.
What you’re getting: The Double Zip
If you think Zip’s is old, you should see its butcher. This Mt. Lookout legend has been around since the 1920s, but its meat supplier, the august Avril-Bleh & Sons, has a good 30 years on it! Tradition means something in the burger biz, and these beauties start every day as fresh-ground beef blobs before getting smooshed on the griddle. We normally shy away from double burgers, but the Double Zip has just the right amount of heft, as the patties fall somewhere between diner and pub size. Along with onion, lettuce, mayo, and tomato, it’s all delivered on a honey-scented roll from another Cincinnati icon, Klosterman bakery.