Saturday, June 28, 2014

Terry's Turf Club - Cincinnati, OH



Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Certainly the locals and I would have to assume the predominantly tourist crowd know of Terry's going out of their way to wait in an extended line for limited seating.  The elderly gentleman host certainly is an asset to Terry's, making us feel welcome, getting to know and remember our names, and doing what he can to ease the wait.  But then be prepared to share a table with strangers.

It's difficult if not impossible to miss Terry's Turf if you're looking for it and once you're on the right road but getting on the right road can be a bit challenging.


Terry's Famous Filet Mignon Chili with Pork Tenderloin. I'm not sure what Cincinnati style chili is supposed to taste like but this being the second serving of it that I've had, I'll say a characteristic is that it is tart as in tastes as if it has a heavy dose of tomato paste.  Regardless of the ingredients in Cincy style chili, it is not to my personal liking. Terry's offers comparatively big but rough textured cuts of meat.  Still the tartness dominated and not much else.  This is a pass for me.  (I received a reader comment that Terry's does not serve Cincinnati style chili. I was presumptuous believing chili made in Cincinnati is Cincinnati style. I stand corrected. As I have since learned the style of chili served at Gold Star Chili is Cincy style)

Burger.  Order medium, it arrived medium. It was one juicy, greasy, sloppy burger. A true test of the burger is to eat it minimalist with the bun, the patty, and maybe the cheese. Take away all the toppings and condiments and then you'll know how good the foundation burger is. With that said, I took a bite of Burger, biting into just the patty, bun, and cheese and then just the patty alone.  In that regard, it was a good but not great burger. Eaten as an overall package, it was also a good burger but not great. I believe the bun is ciabatta but it was chewy rather than crunchy.  Rating: 8.6


Burger with Burgundy Wine with Wild Mushrooms and Truffles. The neon lights that we sat by gave the foods a reddish hue and that's how the camera interpreted the colors.

  •  Bun: Ciabatta I believe. Chewy and spongy. This could have been a world class burger it had a standard ciabatta bun with a crispy exterior.  The bun to patty ratio was slightly on the high side. The bottom half didn't hold up well to the grease.
  • Toppings: Burgundy Wine with wild mushrooms and truffles, grilled onions. The mushroom and truffles elevated this burger into greatness. Serve me a bowl of mushrooms and truffles and I'll be in ecstasy.
  • Cheese: American.
  • Patty: Ordered medium, it arrived a perfect juicy greasy medium. Third to half pound of beef. Moist and tender.
  • Price: $11.25
  • Rating: 9.4.  The toppings took it over the top but the bun pulled it down. It would have rated much higher if it came with a better bun.

The fries I believed were cooked in duck fat and were good, worth the cost.

Restroom Rating: 8.0. Surprisingly clean and well maintained despite the heavy traffic.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12

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