Midwest Living Review
The Flying Fig is located on a sweet little strip in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. Turn-of-the-century brick buildings and trees sparkling with tiny white lights line this block of Market Avenue. Neighbors are the Great Lakes Brewery and Market Avenue Wine Bar. This is the epicenter of urban cool in Cleveland, and the Flying Fig belongs here. Two parts urban sophisticate, one part good old unpretentious Cleveland describes both the decor and the crowd at the Flying Fig. Anyone is welcome here. The first thing to know about the burger at the Flying Fig is that it costs a lot, sometimes as much as $17 (if you're there on a day they're serving grass-fed beef, you'll pay top dollar; you'll save two bucks for corn-finished beef). When a burger costs that much, it's got to earn it. This one almost does. You should also know that the menu at the Fig is always in flux (local/seasonal rules here). The Ohio City burger is a staple, but the toppings vary, and the ones you were craving (for example, blue cheese) may not be on the menu. Our burger had Prairie Breeze cheddar, bacon, mustard aioli and buttermilk onion rings. Luckily, bacon -- done just right, crispy on the edges without being flaky -- is always in season. The mustard aioli is a perfect touch (we found ourselves wondering if we could get a jar of it at the Fig's new gourmet market next to the restaurant). The rest of the toppings were almost as good, all fresh, many handmade. The Fig serves hand-cut, herbed fries with its burger. They're good but the homemade ketchup is not. If you're at the Flying Fig and in the mood for a burger, you won't be disappointed, but you'll certainly pay to feed that craving.