Hamburger Review Board

What is The Mensa Hamburger Review Board?

For those of you wondering just exactly what is the MHRB, the Mensa Hamburger Review Board is simply a group of hungry Mensans in search of the best, most perfect hamburger in the East Central Ohio Mensa area. Think about it. What are the three things many Mensans like to do most? Well, in no particular order, they are eat, talk and critique. While some of us might do too much of any (or all) of the three, you have to admit, when you can do all at once, and be accompanied by a similar thinking group of people, it's the best of all worlds.

So, since the summer of 2010, a small but independent minded group of us have been making the rounds at some of the more popular burger spots in the area in a quest for the perfect hamburger. Our visits are usually limited to the summer months because of the questionable winter weather. And we absolutely skip the fast food joints. We are looking for perfection, and perfection cannot be served in a paper bag. If they offer a dollar menu, they will not have the privilege of serving the MHRB. After eating, each participant gets to critique the burger and the location. We rate them on a scale of zero to five. Vegetarian burger ratings are also included. All reviews are found on this website and are updated whenever necessary. Visits are listed in our calendar. Suggestions for future visits are encouraged.

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Hamburger Review Board
Written by Ken McMurray   
Thursday, 05 May 2011 15:39

The Mensa Hamburger Review Board is a Special Interest Group within East Central Ohio Mensa. Ratings are based on the perception of our participants. As the hamburger is the reason for our visit, locations are listed according to their burger rating. Our overall impression is listed for reference. Neither East Central Ohio Mensa nor the MHRB assume any responsibility or liability in regard to these ratings.

LOCATION                               BURGER RATING    OVERALL RATING
DUFFY'S - Akron (4/1/14)                   4.88             4.73
LARRY's MAIN ENTRANCE (09/15/14)           4.81             4.44
HODGES - Barberton(8/20/10)                4.71             4.23
THE OFFICE BISTRO - Akron(5/4/13)          4.6327           4.52
WHITEY'S - Richfield(4/13/12)              4.6264           4.55
THE RAIL - Fairlawn(8/7/12)                4.60             4.53
FLIP SIDE - Hudson(6/26/12)*1              4.57             4.47
BACCHUS LOUNGE - Peninsula (7/14/14)       4.51             4.38
THE MAIN STREET CAFE - Medina(4/25/11)     4.43             4.40
LIGHTHOUSE CAFE - Lodi(10/1/11)            4.4047           4.42
WINDSOR PUB - Akron(5/12/12)               4.3961           4.27
MOJO'S - Austintown(5/27/12)               4.3857           4.42
MIMI'S ITALIAN GRILL - Ravenna(9/22/12)    4.3750           4.26
SAVE THE FISH - N. Canton(8/25/12)         4.3723           4.17
METROBURGER - Akron (CLOSED)               4.3425           4.27
RAY'S PLACE - Kent(7/23/11)                4.3303           4.30
LOUIE’S - Akron(4/8/11)                    4.3265           4.22
FRANK'S PLACE - Akron(9/6/13)              4.3066           4.26
GRINDERS - N. Canton(7/13/13)              4.2917           4.26
IDO BAR & GRILL - Akron(8/10/11)           4.2857           4.26
BOB'S HAMBURG - Akron(4/13/13)             4.2857           4.18
COURTYARD CAFE - Brecksville(7/11/15)      4.27             4.30
YANKEE KITCHEN - Vienna(8/3/13)            4.2656           4.38
SMOKE the BURGER JOINT - N. Canton(4/2015) 4.24             4.26
Johnny J's - Medina (5/9/14)               4.19             4.25
3 BROTHERS CORNER TAVERN - Canton(9/10/11) 4.12             4.13
Legends Sports Bar - Green  (6/2014)       4.0476           4.46
THE GALAXY - Wadsworth(6/8/13)             4.0357           3.87
WOLF CREEK TAVERN - Norton (7/2015)        4.01             3.82
ON TAP - Stow(1/28/11)                     3.94             3.93
CANAL PARK - Akron(6/28/11)                3.92             3.89
MAIN STREET SALOON - Akron(5/21/11)        3.82             3.76
WINKING LIZARD - Peninsula(7/13/12)        3.80             3.84
PUB BRICCO - Akron(6/8/12)                 3.79             3.91
JIMMY BIGGS - Cuyahoga Falls(10/21/11)*2   3.65             4.04
*1 Follow-up: May 30, 2013
*2 Follow-up: October 11, 2013.

As always, Pompous Carnivores from any Mensa chapter are invited to attend. Next outings TBA when the weather breaks. And you can Follow us on Facebook! Check out other reviews at

Last Updated on Friday, 31 July 2015 20:55
COURTYARD CAFE - Brecksville - 7600 Chippewa Road - PDF Print E-mail
Hamburger Review Board
Written by Ken McMurray   
Friday, 31 July 2015 20:49

Saturday July 11, 2015 evening brought seven members of the Hamburger Review Board together to sample the burgers at the Courtyard Café in Brecksville, officially outside the East Central Ohio Mensa territory but close enough and prominent enough to pique our interest. The restaurant gets its name from their center courtyard, which this night featured cool jazz, a crowd of people, and is obviously a popular area gathering spot. As the outside space was rather crowded, we were Courtyeard Cafe entrywayseated inside near the wait staff station and next to the reception desk. The continual influx of guests moving past our table was a bit distracting, but not much we could do about that. The noise level was also beyond our control.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 July 2015 20:57
WOLF CREEK TAVERN – Norton – 3044 Wadsworth Road – PDF Print E-mail
Hamburger Review Board
Written by Ken McMurray   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 16:54

Wolf Creek Tavern entryway signWolf Creek Tavern is the latest of a number of restaurants to locate within the walls of the old stone building at the intersection of South Cleveland Massillon Road and State Route 621. Having driven by numerous times during its past incarnations, I was always interested in seeing what the inside looked like. The building began life in 1840 and has served as a stop on the Underground Railroad and, during the Roaring 20’s, a Speakeasy. The basement Speakeasy is open on weekends, serving Prohibition-era original-recipe drinks. Wormy Chestnut,


Last Updated on Friday, 31 July 2015 20:45
SMOKE, THE BURGER JOINT – North Canton – 4934 Portage Street, N.W. – PDF Print E-mail
Hamburger Review Board
Written by Ken McMurray   
Friday, 31 July 2015 08:30

Smoke the Burger Joint storefrontTax day, April 15th 2015, and the first meetup of the year after a harsh, cold winter for the Mensa Hamburger review Board. Fourteen of us decide to celebrate by descending on a popular burger joint in the busy Belden Village shopping district of North Canton. This is one of two locations for Smoke, the Burger Joint, sort of a cross between fast food and upscale, the other being in Carrollton. We grabbed one booth, which seats six, and pulled two tables, each seating four with one on the end, adjoining it to accommodate our throng. It was a Wednesday evening, a day when all burgers sell for $5.00 (after 4:00PM), and there was a steady

Last Updated on Friday, 31 July 2015 20:46
LARRY’S MAIN ENTRANCE – Akron – 1964 West Market Street PDF Print E-mail
Hamburger Review Board
Written by Ken MacMurray   
Sunday, 18 January 2015 16:30

Larry’s Main Entrance is your prototypical old-fashioned working-class bar. Though it sits on a major thoroughfare, Market Street, the entrance is in the back, off a very tiny parking lot. On entering through a short, narrow hallway one sees a long bar along the wall on the left side of the room, lots of dark wood, low lighting, and probably several people. The right side of the room, up a step, holds a row of several two-person tables opposite and parallel to a row of four-person booths. As I was expecting a larger number of MHRBers than could comfortably fit in a four-person booth, I quickly grabbed the only large, round table I saw, directly next to the entryway and the only place to sit other than the bar that wasn’t up a step. It was a good thing I did

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 January 2015 16:43

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