The B Spot-Iron Chef Mike Symon's Burger joint (Cleveland)

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Mrs.Crunch
Cheeseburger
2010/02/23 14:46:30


Another celebrity Chef has done it again....Burgers and beer this time in the city of Woodmere Ohio about 20 min from downtown Cleveland in an indoor mall called "Eton". The place is only a few months old and is apparently packed at night, we went on a Sunday a little after 11:ooam and the place only had a few tables occupied. The service was fast and friendly, the food was pretty darn fantastic. My husband declares he would drive 2 hours just for these burgers.
The beef is from a company in New York called Pat La frieda, they specially blend the meat for B Spot, burgers range from $7-8 and cooked in LARD. The flavor of the meat is just as you would expect, beefy, nicely seasoned and the bun is not too bread-y and toasted- a perfect fit!
The side was just as flavorful and tasty as the burger.
Here we have chips with a Parmesan-rosemary Fondue. The fondue is addicting! If you eat the chips alone they taste rather bland but once I thought about it, you need a bland chip so as not to compete with the fondue flavors. We also ordered the onion rings which were good but that Fondue really is key. These chips were $5.00.
The B Spot also has a few salad and sandwiches, I tried a Expresso, Choc Hazelnut shake that was $8.00 but it easily feed 2 and had Frangelico in it.
I believe they had about 10 or more draft beers as well. 
They have a much smaller B Spot in the Q arena where the Cavs play.
I expected this place and the food to be good but I really did not expect to leave this place with the meal on my mind three weeks later....it really was that GOOD.





Russ Jackson
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The B Spot-Iron Chef Mike Symon's Burger joint (Cleveland) 2010/02/23 14:51:09
I love Lola and Lolita his two current places in cleveland. I know he loves the burger at This is Ray's in Kent Ohio. It is a great burger. Symon can really cook...Russ
baileysoriginal
Double Cheeseburger
Re:The B Spot-Iron Chef Mike Symon's Burger joint (Cleveland) 2010/02/23 22:36:05
I really like his way with food - everything about this burger is inviting- and thanks Mrs Crunch for your reviews and excellent photography!
Pigiron
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The B Spot-Iron Chef Mike Symon's Burger joint (Cleveland) 2010/02/23 23:03:04
Living in Manhattan, I'm lucky enough to get fresh hamburger patties from Pat LaFrida Meats.  I usually get the beef short rib burgers.  They are without doubut the best burgers I've ever had in my life, restaurant or homemade.  I cook them in a blazing hot cast-iron skillet- no salt, no pepper, no nothing.  Crazy good. 

Anyone know if their fresh meat is available to the public outside the city?
mland520
Cheeseburger
Re:The B Spot-Iron Chef Mike Symon's Burger joint (Cleveland) 2010/02/24 10:24:26
I'm  sorry, but if I were to spend that kind of $$$ on a burger, when for that same amount of $$$ I could feed my family.......I don't care if the beef was Kobe beef...... I still wouldn't pay that for a burger.....and I don't care whose restaurant I'm in.... I'm just saying......
Pigiron
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The B Spot-Iron Chef Mike Symon's Burger joint (Cleveland) 2010/02/24 11:20:09
mland520

I'm  sorry, but if I were to spend that kind of $$$ on a burger, when for that same amount of $$$ I could feed my family.......I don't care if the beef was Kobe beef...... I still wouldn't pay that for a burger.....and I don't care whose restaurant I'm in.... I'm just saying......

 
 
You think $7 is outrageous for a burger?  Really?  What's your max for a burger?  I wonder how many burgers or hot sandwiches you can get in all of the Roadfood universe for significantly less than $7?  I'm also impressed that you can feed your family for $7.  I don't think I could do that, and there's only 3 of us.

6star
Filet Mignon
Re:The B Spot-Iron Chef Mike Symon's Burger joint (Cleveland) 2010/02/24 13:17:10
Pigiron

mland520

I'm  sorry, but if I were to spend that kind of $$$ on a burger, when for that same amount of $$$ I could feed my family.......I don't care if the beef was Kobe beef...... I still wouldn't pay that for a burger.....and I don't care whose restaurant I'm in.... I'm just saying......

 
 
You think $7 is outrageous for a burger?  Really?  What's your max for a burger?  I wonder how many burgers or hot sandwiches you can get in all of the Roadfood universe for significantly less than $7?  I'm also impressed that you can feed your family for $7.  I don't think I could do that, and there's only 3 of us.

 
I would have to agree with you (since you live in New York City, where prices are high) that you would probably have trouble feeding your family of 3 for $7, and this would also probably be true for people in much of the entire east coast area. 
 
However, when you get to the middle of the U.S., thank goodness, it is a different story.  From some of our local grocery ads this week: chicken thighs, shank portion ham and whole pork butt, all @ 99 cents a pound; iceberg lettuce @ 88 cents a head; many types of frozen veggies @ $1 or less for a 1 lb. bag;  frozen shoestring French fries @ $1 for a 2 lb. bag; Rice-a-Roni, Pasta-A-Roni or Knorr-Lipton side dishes @ $1 a package; hamburger or hot dog buns or 20 oz. loaf of bread @ $1; and so on.
 
For many of us, a meal costing $20 to $30 (and Mrs. Crunch's total bill before tip was in that range, since I can see $20 to $21, not including whatever the price of the onion rings were) is something strictly for a special ocasion.

kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:The B Spot-Iron Chef Mike Symon's Burger joint (Cleveland) 2010/02/24 13:23:51
mland520

I'm  sorry, but if I were to spend that kind of $$$ on a burger, when for that same amount of $$$ I could feed my family.......I don't care if the beef was Kobe beef...... I still wouldn't pay that for a burger.....and I don't care whose restaurant I'm in.... I'm just saying......


In my part of the world, on the western fringes of the Chicago area, $7-8 for a burger is on the low side. $10 has been becoming the norm, even at the local owned grill type places.

That burger at Symon's place looks quite good!
Pigiron
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:The B Spot-Iron Chef Mike Symon's Burger joint (Cleveland) 2010/02/24 15:16:01
6star 

I would have to agree with you (since you live in New York City, where prices are high) that you would probably have trouble feeding your family of 3 for $7, and this would also probably be true for people in much of the entire east coast area. 
 
However, when you get to the middle of the U.S., thank goodness, it is a different story.  From some of our local grocery ads this week: chicken thighs, shank portion ham and whole pork butt, all @ 99 cents a pound; iceberg lettuce @ 88 cents a head; many types of frozen veggies @ $1 or less for a 1 lb. bag;  frozen shoestring French fries @ $1 for a 2 lb. bag; Rice-a-Roni, Pasta-A-Roni or Knorr-Lipton side dishes @ $1 a package; hamburger or hot dog buns or 20 oz. loaf of bread @ $1; and so on. 
 

 
Prices are high in Manhattan you say?  High doesn't begin to tell the story.  Insane is a better adjective.   I'll use your examples for comparison (prices taken from my on-line grocer):
 
Chicken thighs: 2.79/pound
Boneless fresh ham: $2.29/pound (that's the closest item I could find)
Iceberg lettuce: $1.99/head
Frozen veggies (Bird's Eye 10oz Broccoli as an example): $2.09
Frozen fries (Ore-Ida 2 pound bag): $4.49
 
...and so on.  I estimate that my grocery bills have risen over 25% in the past 5 years.  I have a 16 moth old baby, and I make every effort to feed him wholesome fresh foods made with minimal processing.  Try doing THAT in Manhattan on a budget.  It's very frustrating.  It's one of the driving forces behind my decision to leave the city later this year (but I'll opine on that at a later date). 
 
But, my point was that if you think $7 for a good burger is a crazy, unreasonable amount, then you're going to be disappointed at 90% of all the restaurants discussed on this forum.  For a sit-down restaurant, $7 is not even on the high side of average. 
Mrs.Crunch
Cheeseburger
Re:The B Spot-Iron Chef Mike Symon's Burger joint (Cleveland) 2010/02/24 17:39:49
 I agree, it seems like almost anywhere you go now a days you are paying at least $7.00 for a sandwich of any type. I have no problem paying more money for great, well thought out executed burger, I figure it's much better than going to a fast food restaurant only paying $2-3.00 many times over for a sub-par beef patty (and that's being nice)
The spending of $20-30 for "only a special occasion"...really? . Let's take an Applebees- a restaurant that is pretty much packed with family and kids, I'm going to assume that this restaurant is pretty casual and not as "special" as going to Red Lobster. All of Applebee's appetizers Start at $7.00, and even on the low side of ordering a pasta dish that will cost you at least $11.00. 
I hear what is being said ( I live in Central ohio and the local famous ice cream Jeni's is $8-10 for ONE pint of Ice cream ) It all depends on who you ask I suppose.... and who is wanting to defend fiercely the whole "local, sustainable, community, artisanal" thing. I went to culinary school so the whole food thing is a passion for me.



6star
Filet Mignon
Re:The B Spot-Iron Chef Mike Symon's Burger joint (Cleveland) 2010/02/24 20:11:28
Mrs. Crunch, I have never been to Applebees or Olive Garden or Ruby Tuesday, though they are all in the area, since their TV commercials have never inspired me to go there (and here on Roadfood, few people have anything good to say about them).   Red Lobster is about a once-a-year special occasion meal for me.  I already have my $20 reservation in for the local Boy Scout Council annual awards banquet on March 12 at the Par-A-Dice Casino Hotel in East Peoria (certainly a special occasion).  I went to the Glee Club Presidents' Weekend get-together a few years ago at Moonlight BarBQ in Owensboro, and enjoyed it very much for an AYCE cost (if I remember correctly) of about $18 (another special occasion).
Mrs.Crunch
Cheeseburger
Re:The B Spot-Iron Chef Mike Symon's Burger joint (Cleveland) 2010/02/24 22:28:38
6star

Mrs. Crunch, I have never been to Applebees or Olive Garden or Ruby Tuesday, though they are all in the area, since their TV commercials have never inspired me to go there (and here on Roadfood, few people have anything good to say about them).   Red Lobster is about a once-a-year special occasion meal for me.  I already have my $20 reservation in for the local Boy Scout Council annual awards banquet on March 12 at the Par-A-Dice Casino Hotel in East Peoria (certainly a special occasion).  I went to the Glee Club Presidents' Weekend get-together a few years ago at Moonlight BarBQ in Owensboro, and enjoyed it very much for an AYCE cost (if I remember correctly) of about $18 (another special occasion).



6 Star, I hear that Moonlight BBQ is a legendary place for BBQ, glad to hear you enjoyed the food.  Would go there again and tell folks to go there as well? Would you have paid an extra $5.00 on the bill if you'd had one of best pulled pork sandwiches you've had in a long time? I'm not focusing on the cost but rather the merit.

When I pay the bill I feel good about it because I'm supporting the establishment that's providing me with customer service that's attentive and friendly, quality food, the knowledge of their craft in cooking & a gratifying dining experience-wether it be a simple taco stand or haute cuisine same principles apply. 
(kinda off the subject)
I'd love to give everyone $4.00- tell them to spend this $4.00 on the best lunch you can. Can you imagine the combinations? Endless! That would be fun, what people choose to eat gives you a little insight about them. I'd come back with a long loaf of bread from an Italian take out market near my house $2.00 and then get a a few slices of Italian bologna, Mortadella.   :)

6star
Filet Mignon
Re:The B Spot-Iron Chef Mike Symon's Burger joint (Cleveland) 2010/02/25 00:44:21
Oh yes, I would go there again!  One long buffet table of all types of BBQ (pork, ham, ribs, beef, mutton, etc.).  Another long buffet table of salads and salad fixings.  A third long table of sides and veggies of all types.  Another long table of desserts (pies, cakes, etc.)  You could return to the buffet tables unlimited times.  What made the Glee Club trip extra special was that Moonlight took us on a tour of their entire operation, which was gigantic, since they not only provide BBQ for their own restaurant, but they also sell to other restaurants, retail stores, etc.  Mutton is a popular BBQ item in western Kentucky, and if I remember correctly, they BBQ several tons of mutton each week.  Checking on their website (  http://www.moonlite.com/ ) for current prices, the buffet is listed at $16.49 plus tax for Fridays & Saturdays (cheaper other days), and drinks are extra.

You really should run down there some time.  It is only about 320 miles from where you live.  Probably the quickest way for you would be I 71 to Louisville, I 64 west to US 231 and US 231 the last 40 miles south to Owensboro.
post edited by 6star - 2010/02/25 00:49:04
Soccer862923
Cheeseburger
Re:The B Spot-Iron Chef Mike Symon's Burger joint (Cleveland) 2010/02/25 07:52:07
Those chips look delicious.
RC51Mike
Cheeseburger
Re:The B Spot-Iron Chef Mike Symon's Burger joint (Cleveland) 2010/03/01 16:31:30
Thanks Mrs. Crunch.  Those are some great looking burgers on the menu.  Last time out that way we had to stop for lunch at Great Lakes Brewing which we loved but, BStop with good burgers and good beer list will also have to be a must.