Midwest Living Review
Whitey's built its name (and its informal extended name, Whitey's Booze 'n' Burgers) on the satisfied stomachs of the truck drivers who have coursed through Richfield, Ohio, since the 50s. An old-school raucous bar and restaurant with wooden bench-style booths and sassy lifer waitresses, Whitey's draws families and barflies in equal quantities. The place is time- and careworn, with recipes that haven't changed much. Who would want them to? Huge, 100 percent ground beef burgers with heaps of toppings rule, although Whitey's chili gets its share of accolades. Come summertime, the 20-40-something set converges here for booze, burgers and volleyball played on the sand court just outside the back door. There's certainly nothing fancy about the preparation of the burgers. Regulars return time and again for juicy burgers cooked to order. We tried The Maggie ($7.99), described as "overloaded" with mushrooms, and the Black and Bleu ($9.98), with jalapeno bacon and Cajun mayo. The Maggie arrived positively gushing with mushrooms, to our eternal delight. Items are designed for sharing: These burgers come sans sides, so tables order fries and onion rings as a group, and these are often brought out before the burgers, almost like an appetizer. Our sides arrived crispy and not too greasy. It all contributes to the family-style homeyness that reigns supreme at Whitey's. Even newbies will sense that it wouldn't take long to see a mug emblazoned with their name hanging proudly from the ceiling over the rectangular bar. A few things to note: The restaurant doesn't take credit cards or reservations. On a Saturday night, our wait time was 45 minutes.