The story behind Fifty West Burger Bar’s opening is now local lore: The brewery’s roadside joint became a rare pandemic success story when owner Bobby Slattery, through mass carryout orders, smashed sales goals and brought back laid-off staff members.
My family-sized online order included a Nevada (the burgers, offered as singles or doubles, are named for states U.S. Route 50 traverses) for myself and a Maryland double for my wife. The Nevada, topped with Buffalo blue cheese sauce and onion straws, balanced spice with tang, and my wife enjoyed the addition of Old Bay tartar sauce to the double patties–cooked just right, with a hint of pink in each. Our teenager opted for the Classic (fry sauce and standard toppings) while the younger two tested the Kiddos menu’s all-beef flat-top dog and organic chicken tenders. Crinkle-cut fries and a crowler of Coast to Coast IPA rounded things out. The contactless pickup process was easy and anxiety-free, and the beer garden looked inviting. Carryout, though, is a fun experience, with throwback packaging that echoes the venue’s 1950s roadside root beer stand motif. Cracking open a cold crowler topped off an experience I’m sure we’ll return to soon.
Fifty West Burger Bar, 7605 Wooster Pke., Columbia Twp., (513) 834-8789