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THE NEXT LEVEL
By Anthony M. Fuda
Hey, wait here! I left my wallet in the car -- I’ll be right back.
At Dine N Dash, you’ll be more than happy to pay your bill and won’t have to pull that old prank.
Located in Dash Inn, this eatery has everything you are looking for in a burger. From appetizers to the main Burger course -- you’re covered.
Owner Rick Lohr says the Youngstown restaurant serves traditional American bar food with a few twists. From wings, salads and sandwiches to the 1/4 lb wrapped or loaded hot dogs, and the burgers, the menu offers something for everyone.
Lohr said he and the two other cooks “all have a part in the menu. It's like a small family. We are all about taking original ideas and taking them to a new level.”
That is evident in the Burger Bombs appetizers, which are two 3oz. patties wrapped around your choice of cheese -- and you can add bacon at no charge. They then flour and fry them.
We all agreed the Burger Bombs were very unique and blew us away with the great flavor.
JT said, “The cheeseburger bomb is a unique twist on the slider. I like it, but most impressive is the wide array of house made dipping sauces. Everyone should try the blackberry-habanero sauce. I would put that stuff on everything! Awesome!"
The Bombs were a great start. They were so good we were eagerly anticipating the big 6 oz burgers, or two 6 oz patties for the stuffed burgers. The fifteen different burgers made our mouths water just reading over the menu.
Starting with the regular burgers; Portabella-n-Swiss, Texas, Breakfast and the Chili Cheeseburger.
Those sounded good, but the Signature Stuffed Burgers grabbed our attention. Each burger stuffed full of the signature toppings: Black-n-Bleu, Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Five Alarm, Pierogi, Mac-n-Cheese, “The Hodgepodge” (Dine N Dash burger contest winner), Steak-n-Bleu, and a Build your own. You can find what gets stuffed in all these burgers on the menu section of their website, http://www.dinendashyo.com .
Lohr says they feature a different burger each month, and if that burger does well it might end up on the menu. This month’s feature was the Peter Piper Pickle Pepper Burger, which is stuffed with banana peppers and provolone, covered with ranch, spicy fried pickle spears and pepperjack - and we heard it was definitely a fan favorite..
What really sets these burgers apart from most other places is the pretzel bun. Some people use that bun as a novelty, but Lohr says they chose this bun because it was able to hold up to all the toppings and not fall apart.
I was skeptical when the burgers came out. The buns looked overdone, but when we bit into them, they were soft and fresh on the inside, yet sturdy on the outside -- like a pretzel is supposed to be.
Hand-cut fries come with each burger, but you have the option to add Dine N Dash’s special seasoning to the fries. Half of us ordered the seasoned fries and were pleased with the good flavor of the crispy, seasoned spuds.
Our waitress, Tessa Von Moos, said she was new to the job, but she made our meal run smoothly and was able to answer any questions we had about these very different burger .
When the burgers arrived, it looked like there was enough food to feed an army - or a small group of Burger Guys.
I ordered the stuffed Pierogi Burger and thought it tasted great. The potato and onions inside the beef was just like biting into a beef pierogi. The beef tasted better than the normal pierogi pasta. Combine that with the pretzel bun and each bite brings out a different, yet distinct flavor.
Eric had the Jalapeno bacon Cheddar Burger and commented, “The jalapeños gave a great complement to the burger. Just enough that the heat wasn't overwhelming, perfect for anyone looking for something with some pep.”
John tried the Hodgepodge. At first he was overwhelmed, but collected himself and dug in, saying, “Ok, where do I even begin with this beast? The country fried patty which I thought was going to be dried out stayed moist, the bacon stuffed inside the patty was something I enjoyed. I'm a sucker for fried egg on my burger, the yoke running down onto the burger and the bacon was just a great blending of flavors. Cheesy potato pancake too? Why not? The pancake, which was also nice and moist was a perfect addition for the flavor profile of this mammoth of a burger, and when you think it just cannot get any better...BACON GRAVY!!!! Oh yes bacon gravy running down all the other components of this beautiful burger was just a dream come true. I cannot wait to go back and try another burger from this mad genius.”
JT said, "I would like to give Dine N Dash props for not only a very creative menu, but their "spick-and-span" kitchen, as well."
We normally don't check out the kitchen but once in a while we sneak a spy in. Tonight we received an excellent report.
Dine N Dash patrons say Rick Lohr and his group have the best burgers in Youngstown. And we would have to agree that these are at, or near, the top.
As you head down Mahoning Avenue looking for Youngstown’s best burgers, Dash in and try a stuffed burger.
But don’t forget to start with a Burger Bomb.
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