Sunday, May 14, 2006

Toot's

Review 17 @ Stop 24
Toot’s
12191 Montgomery Rd
(Deerfield Township)
513.697.9100

Toot’s has a long history compared to many other businesses in the Fields-Ertel/Mason-Montgomery mass of humanity. Recommended by a friend, Bucky, Freddie, and Wolfy arrived at Toot’s not knowing the extent of its franchise.

Opening in 1995, this location was the third in what is now 5 restaurants (the others are clustered together in Kentucky and Tennessee). Due to the long history in this location, the opening the majority of the franchises in the past 3 years, and the fact of both being hungry and already on location, the Burger Guys granted Toot’s a temporary, one-time exemption from the no-chain rule.

With its rustic décor and numerous TVs, Toot’s provides a family-oriented atmosphere. The “best in town” proclamation about the half-pound hamburger sounds like the perfect challenge for the Cincinnati Burger Guys.

One thing for sure, this is may be the only burger in town priced at $4.47 (side items are ala carte). Served on a large, standard bun toasted on the inside with shredded lettuce (nice touch!), tomato, onion, and sliced pickles, the burger is perfectly sized to fit the bun. Such consistency, as well as the smooth edges, appears formed (not hand made) and this automatically activates the “possibly frozen” alarm.

The trio ordered their typical cook-to-order range, but the server immediately balked at Wolfy’s medium rare request, but was willing to but in a good word to the cooks. Upon final delivery, the appearance between the three was only slightly distinguishable – thus concluding “well done” may be standard protocol in the Toot’s kitchen.

The patty, medium size in diameter and thickness, was not juicy. On the plus side, the presence of a definite seasoning inspired Freddie to seek more answers. Lo and behold, the owner/manager disclosed the addition of the same seasoning used on their steaks. Nice touch!

Although various plusses and minuses dawn this burger, the Burger Guys agreed the sandwich as a whole delivered good taste, thus Bucky leads the way with the high score.

Score: 6.5
Rating: A Step Up

PS: Toot’s offers a burger special every Tuesday: burger and fries for $3.95 (about a $2 saving)

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