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Hamburger Review Board
Written by Ken McMurray   
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 23:25

The Mensa Hamburger Review Board was absolutely blown away at their first meeting, held at Hodges in Barberton last August. The MHRB is a SIG of ECOM, on a quest to find the most perfect hamburger in our area. Hodges has set the bar extremely high.

From the outside, Hodges looks

to be one of those non-descript places a person would drive by without noticing, and on the inside it's appears to be just another long, narrow, hole-in-the-wall, with a bar on one side, booths on the other, and one large table at the entrance. It reminded me of the kind of establishment you would find jammed in among the businesses in a working-class neighborhood of Chicago or New York City.

Not many patrons sat at the bar but the tables were nearly full. It was obvious that this was a place where people came to eat. And they were of all ages. Our party of eight was too large to fit in any of the booths, so the barmaid offered the four people at the big table a free appetizer if they would move to a booth. That will give you a hint of how accommodating Hodges is.

The menu was mostly burgers and sandwiches, with the most expensive burger at $6.75. Their grill is small. So small that our order was cooked and served in two shifts. But when it arrived ... Wow! The 1/2 pound burgers were huge. The buns were huge, too, but the meat still dwarfed the bun. I can honestly say that the burgers were the best I remember eating in a long, long time. They were huge, fresh, moist, and tasty. What more could you want? The burgers ranged in price from $4.75 to $6.25. Fries were $2.25 (small) to $3.50 (large).

The MHRB held an impromptu return visit with different reviewers a few months later and the burgers were just as good, just as big, and still as juicy. That visit was during the afternoon so the wait was minimal. Of the eleven people who reviewed Hodges not a single one said they would not go back. On a scale of zero to five, this burger received a score of 4.71.

The overall service was friendly, courteous, and accommodating. We had enough fries at the table to feed a group twice our size. Some of the comments from those in attendance were: "Yummy 'fair-style' fries," "Thick slice of tomato," "Very good," "First time I ever ate a burger with a fork," "Very sloppy but good," "Wow." My only complaint, if I have to have one, is the bun. Had it been toasted it would have held up better. If you are still hungry after all this, try their $1.50 slice of cake for desert.

There is lots of free parking at Hodges, although some of it is across a side street. A few steps must be climbed to enter. And it is a bar-like atmosphere, even if most people are there to eat. Taking into consideration all of the above, the weighted score of Hodges is 4.51. I can't wait to go back.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 17:13
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