I recently got a bevy of coupons in the mail for all sorts
of random freebies from local businesses. One of them was for good for one free
burger up to a $5 value at Burger Nuts
so when my stomach started rumbling on Sunday night I decided to head out to
the Willoughby location (36099 Euclid Ave.) and see what was cooking.
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I got to the restaurant close to closing time (hours are 11
a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday) and immediately
was overwhelmed by my options
. Seven different burgers, six different cheeses,
three buns, and 35 free toppings: That’s a lot of possibilities. And those 35
freebies included a lot of items most restaurants charge for, including chili,
guacamole, and meats like pepperoni, ham, salami and bacon.
I wanted to see what their basic burger was like so I opted
for a single certified Angus patty. I like some spice, so I added pepper jack
cheese, jalapenos, jalapeno poppers (yes, the deep-fried breaded delicious
treat comes as a topping), guacamole, and tomato. I made it a combo, adding a
fountain drink and a regular order of Cajun fries.
I waited while my burger was cooked on the griddle and my
fries tossed in the fryer before my eyes. I also soaked up the
atmosphere — vaguely fast food-esque with about a dozen tables and lots of local
high school sports jerseys on the walls.
Burger Nuts also offers free peanuts to dine-in customers.
The peanuts are up front next to the napkins and plastic cutlery, but I abstained
because I was taking my order to go.
My order took a little while to cook, but that’s to be
expected when food is made fresh to order.
Soon enough I was out the door with a plain brown paper bag
loaded with food.
The food traveled pretty well. Burger Nuts seems to be on the Penn Station school of
thought when it comes to fries — overfill the container and then throw in some
extra for good measure — so my bag ended up with a pile of fries at the bottom.
My burger was wrapped in aluminum allowing it to stay
toasty, though it did have a little gooey cheese sticking to the aluminum.
|Ooey-gooey Burger Nuts burger seen right after unwrapping and a short eight-minute car ride.|
I thought the burger was tasty. The pretzel bun was
delicious and doughy. Burger Nuts website tells me they are baked fresh each
night at Orlando Bakery
in Cleveland and shipped to the eatery
every morning. The burger itself was juicy and maybe a tad more pink than I
would have liked from a place I’m not familiar with yet. I tend to like steaks
medium rare, and this burger qualified in that category.
I really enjoyed the heat from the pepper jack and jalapenos
blended with the crunch of the jalapeno popper and the refreshing guacamole and
My biggest complaint is the amount of guacamole on my burger
seemed paltry. I initially thought they forgot the guacamole before realizing
it was underneath the patty instead of on top like the rest of the toppings.
But, hey, free guacamole — even in small portions — is better than the $1 or
more most places charge to add it to an item (I’m looking at you, Chipotle.
$1.80 extra for guac?).
|A regular Cajun fries from Burger Nuts is more than enough for one person.|
The Cajun fries were fresh and delicious, with a nice
crunchy exterior and a good blend of salt and spices. The regular was a massive
amount of fries, easily enough to split between two people. I imagine the large
is designed to be split among a family of four.
All in all, Burger Nuts is a good solid step up from fast
food fare without all the frills of sit-down restaurant service. My order rang
in at $8.44 before my coupon dropped the price, but I think my food was probably
worth the slightly indulgent price.
Beyond the burgers and fries, which come in regular and
sweet potato varieties as well as Cajun, are an array of sides and other
standard diner fares and desserts.
I’m looking forward to trying more from Burger Nuts. It’s
nice to see a locally owned business thriving and providing great food. According
to the coupon I received in the mail, there’s another location in
Mentor-on-the-Lake at 5909 Andrews Road, but I could find nothing to support
I’m told the old-fashioned, hand-dipped milkshakes are
fantastic. They come in five flavors, the usual vanilla, chocolate, strawberry
varieties plus peanut butter cup, and an intriguing peanut butter and jelly
And maybe next time I’ll get a bison burger with provolone,
pesto mayo, lettuce, tomato, and onion straws on multigrain or maybe a
bratwurst burger with chili, cheddar cheese sauce and onion on egg bun, or
perhaps chorizo with salami and pepperoni and Italian dressing on that yummy
pretzel bread. The options seem endless.
Found some printable coupons
online. Both are good through April 16. One is for a buy one burger at regular price get a second burger free up to $5 maximum. The other coupon is for $5 off any order of $20 or more.
Email me or tweet me some suggestions for the next time I go. I'm down for anything as long as it's bacon-free.
-- Nicole Franz | NiFranz@News-Herald.com
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