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Heck's Cafe

2927 Bridge Ave.
Cleveland  Ohio  44113
United States
(216) 861-5464
(866) 677-8592
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Midwest Living Review

Sarah Routh
The inventive burgers at this landmark are routinely voted the best in Cleveland -- for good reason.

The burgers here are routinely voted some of the best in Cleveland. Heck's offers 12 burgers (and a garden burger). All are made with premium ground beef, grilled over an open flame and served on a brioche bun. We sampled two favorites: the Cajun burger and the burger au poivre. A double dose of Cajun spices joins toppings of grilled onions and Monterey Jack Cheese on a perfectly cooked, juicy burger. So often Cajun and blackened turn out to be the same thing is restaurants -- not here though. It's certainly spicy, but the heat doesn't overwhelm the natural flavor of the meat. The burger au poivre tastes of Worcestershire sauce and pepper and is topped with grilled onions, a hefty dollop of sour cream and more peppercorns. The combination isn't a natural for burgers, but the trio works here. Whether you think of it as a classed-up burger or a workingman's version of a premium steak, it's delicious. Burgers come with fresh-cut fries, and you'll also get an individual bottle of Heinz ketchup, reminding you that this burger was made just for you. Burgers run from $7 to $9.50. There are two main dining areas, a pub-style room and sunnier garden room, featuring a beautiful spiral staircase, plenty of wrought-iron details, playfully colored walls and lots of live plants. In the middle of a Cleveland winter, this sunny spot feels like an escape. This popular landmark is open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner (and for brunch on Sundays), and it's a lunchtime favorite for the downtown office crowd. We visited Heck's during a busy weekday lunch and found a mostly professional crowd.

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