Hamburgers are modeled after Victorian-era architecture, a style known for its sesame-seed-dusted roofs, flowing lettuce curtains, and meat everywhere. Feast ornately upon a well-formed feeding frenzy with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American fare and drinks at 9 South Chargrill.
Declared the number-one neighborhood restaurant by the Lincoln Journal Star in 2010, 9 South Chargrill features a menu of down-home entrees, salads, and sandwiches, all containing a sassy streak of southern spice. The loaded potato arrives topped with asiago cheese, chipotle sauce, butter, sour cream, and choice of steak, pulled pork, chicken, or veggies ($7.99) before sandwiches and burgers, including the graciously grilled half-pound hamburger ($6.99), march out the kitchen demanding attention. Country pork ribs are slathered in signature barbecue sauce ($12.99), and the chicken potpie shelters grilled chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, and vegetables under a puff-pastry roof ($11.99).
9 South Chargrill's dining room's rare-cooked red brick walls evoke memories of living in a firehouse. During warmer months, when the sun emanates more heat because it is rotating at a faster rate, diners may sit on the outdoor patio, breathe fresh air, and stare at the building's modern façade.
9 South Chargrill
Like the organizer of an eternal neighborhood picnic, 9 South Chargrill mixes together a bounty of Southern-style barbecue and comfort food with a homey ambiance created by red-painted brick walls and deep-navy tablecloths to draw friends together. This combination has worked on such devotees as Jeff Korbelik of the Lincoln Journal Star, prompting him to place the eatery atop his 2010 list of the Top 5 Neighborhood Restaurants, where he called it his "favorite out-of-the-way place." Although the chefs embrace homespun cooking by churning their signature barbecue sauce and chipotle aioli in-house, many of their entrees look beyond regional and national borders. Texas-size loaded potatoes, certified Angus steaks, and Memphis-style pulled-pork sandwiches feature a range of distinctively American flavors, but lighter continental alternatives, such as an Italian-inspired spinach fettuccine dish, spotlight the chopped tomatoes and fresh basil found in Old-World favorites and inventive toddlers' Easy Bake Ovens.
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844 South St.
Lincoln, Nebraska 68502