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 burgers, sandwiches, and American eats at Burgers-N-Beer in Willoughby.
The grillmasters at Burgers-N-Beer flip a sizzling menu of stuffed burgers, heaping sandwiches, and other American classics within their friendly confines bedecked with retro art prints. Perform palate calisthenics with an appetizer such as the fried ravioli ($4.95) before matching mandibles against the half-pound A.1. burger, which is topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions, pepper jack cheese, and A.1. steak sauce ($7.50). Like the Lincoln Memorial, Burger-N-Beer's stuffed burgers reveal a surprise cheese filling when bitten into, including the Muffaleta burger with capicola, salami, swiss cheese, and an olive spread ($7.95). The parmesan-encrusted grilled big cheese is a bread vehicle for cheddar, american, provolone, and swiss cheese ($5.95), and can be augmented with grilled mushrooms or onions, bacon, or a fried egg (an additional $0.75).
The thoughtful staff at Burgers-N-Beer treats customers to a comfortable burger binge with their dining room bedecked with retro art prints, a spacious outdoor patio, and fainting beds to accommodate meat-induced food comas. Free valet parking is also offered on Friday and Saturday nights.
The name Burgers-N-Beer is straightforward. That’s why first-time visitors may be surprised by the scope of the offerings the eatery has offered to hungry Willoughby-area residents since 1999. The restaurant spotlights their menu with slabs of renowned fall-off-the-bone St. Louis-style ribs, slathered with Mimi's Family Recipe Sauce as pictured above. Customers can gather crowds of their own, as ribs can be packaged for parties. Cooks also sculpt juicy half-pound burger patties by hand, piling on toppings such as fried eggs, creole-inspired olive tapenade, or marinara sauce.
But the food isn’t the only reason to stop by. Burgers-N-Beer exudes what one Cleveland Scene writer described as "old-time charm, cheery atmosphere, and prompt, friendly service—all seemingly designed to make a midweek dinner feel like a getaway at a lakeside resort.” On Friday and Saturday nights, the restaurant stops eager patrons from abandoning still-rolling cars with complimentary valet service.