Arthur's • 3516 Edwards Road • Cincinnati, OH 45208 • (513) 871-5543
I'm speechless. It could be because I'm so amazed by this restaurant. Or, it could be because I've never been there. You decide.
Arthur’s is probably best described as a neighborhood hamburger joint. It reminds me somewhat of Zips, except that Arthur’s seems to be trying harder to be a little bit more. There is a full menu, including sandwiches, salads, and entrees, but the main feature is clearly the burgers. There are almost ten different kinds of burgers, each with different toppings, including two different kinds of veggie burgers, a rare find, and a turkey burger. Beyond the hamburgers specifically listed on the menu, there is a list of about twenty different toppings that can be added to a plain burger for 50 cents each, although our waiter claimed they only charge for the first three additions. The toppings include anything you can think of that one might put on a burger, such as several different kinds of cheese, a bunch of different veggies, and then also those things I wouldn’t usually think to put on a burger, like boursin cheese or caramelized onions.
Burgers all come with fries and a pickle. Although the friend I went with substituted a small salad for the fries. I enjoyed my fries. They were thick, but still crispy on the outside and chewy enough in the middle. The hamburger bun (or in my case, the spicy black bean burger bun) was not notable, but it was about the right size for my burger, which I find to be somewhat of a rarity. I finished it in the same bite as I finished my burger. The burger comes with lettuce and tomato, which are not listed on the menu. The burger itself was good, but not particularly exciting, which I suppose is at least partly my fault for eating vegetarian at a burger joint. I was happy enough! The waiters were vigilant about refilling water glasses, which I generally appreciate. My friend appreciated it less, as they more than once tried to refill his lemonade with water, but he guarded it well.
At lunchtime on a weekday it was crowded; we had to wait a few minutes for a table, although not the full 10 minutes that they quoted. It was certainly good food, and not expensive, but it was lacking the homey neighborhood feel of a true neighborhood hamburger joint, and felt sort of like a cross between a diner and a nicer restaurant. I’ll go back if a friend has an urge for a burger when we’re in Hyde Park Square, but I’m not in a rush.