Published March 27, 2012
By Anthony M. Fuda
The Mahoning Valley Burger Review Board (MVBRB) guys made their way to Barry Dyngles (Austintown) this month in their quest to find the Mahoning Valley’s best burger.
Barry Dyngles, formerly Armadillo's BBQ, has over 200 awards for their Ribs and BBQ sauce, most notably the Pro Football Hall of Fame Grand Champion for the Most Outstanding Ribs & BBQ Sauce and the Grand Champion of the Columbus Ribs & Jazz Festival.
As we were walking in the pub, we noticed an outside patio section which would be a great place to enjoy a burger during the warmer months.
Barry Dyngles seems like your run-of-the-mill bar from the outside. After you enter the front doors, you walk through a corridor showcasing local sports memorabilia and daily menu specials. Then you get to the hostess station, where the bar is to the right and to the left is a surprisingly large dining area with ample seating.
We chose a table in the dining room so we could sit back, relax, and watch the many TVs adorning the walls.
The waitresses were all very polite, and our always-smiling server Kayla Sefcik made sure our meals were made to our liking and our drinks were always full.
We looked over the menu and zeroed in on the burgers. There are six on the menu, ranging from $7.99 to $8.99: The Barry Signature Burger (Monterey-Jack cheese, hardwood smoked bacon), Deluxe Cheddar (topped with mild cheddar and American cheese), Mushroom Burger (Swiss cheese and sauteed mushrooms), Bull Rider BBQ Burger (topped with original sauce, Cure-81 ham, mild cheddar cheese and sauteed onions), Smothered Cheeseburger (cheese, peppers, mushrooms and onions), and the Ragin’ Cajun Bleu Burger (Cajun seasoning, topped with crumbled bleu cheese). The burgers are served on a nicely grilled bun, and you can add lettuce, tomato and onions at your request.
A unique feature they offer is a number of side dishes you can choose from -- french fries, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans or mac-n-cheese.
The burgers were a very good size, cooked well and the fresh toppings added that little extra to the flavor. The BBQ sauce had a sweet flavor and just the right thickness that flavored the beef just right.
Eric had the Bull Rider and said, “I thought the ham mingled well with the overall flavor of the meat. The burger was seared well and the red onion and cheese blended perfectly with the snap of pickle. It had a very robust flavor when all combined.”
JT went with the Barry Signature Burger and said he “loved the thick cut bacon on it. The toppings were all fresh, and the grilled bun held up well. Overall, I think it's a good burger platter for the money.”
Next time you’re in Austintown, stop by Barry Dyngles and enjoy one of their fine burgers. You’ll be happy you did, because the meal portions are a good size, the atmosphere is fun and the waitresses treat you so well you feel like you’ve been going there forever.
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