Try This: MOTR’s Lunch Menu

Perhaps it’s a nod to the neighborhood’s proximity to the downtown lunch hordes, or perhaps MOTR Pub owner Dan McCabe just appreciates a little daytime cheeseburgering. Or maybe it’s because, as the sign suggests, the bar is celebrating 5 years in Over-the-Rhine (huzzah!).

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Whatever the reason, the OTR bar has expanded its kitchen hours to include lunch time, and we’re really supporting that decision. Mainly because of the burger. The thick, hand-packed Angus beef patty comes out on a soft, toasted bun with creamy, spicy chipotle aioli and a perfect li’l onion ring on top. The seasoning is excellent, the texture is textbook, and you might not need to eat dinner afterward.

The MOTR burger, with a beer-battered onion ring, lettuce, tomato, pickles, chipotle aioli on toasted bun.
The MOTR burger, with a beer-battered onion ring, lettuce, tomato, pickles, chipotle aioli on toasted bun.

The burger is indeed tasty, but actually eating it is a drippy affair (so leave your dress whites at home). It’s served over French fries, about which you should know something in advance: There will be one fry that was sitting directly under the burger, and it will have absorbed burger juices to capacity. Lay claim to this fry sight-unseen. You’ll thank us later.

There is also something called the St. Francis Monastery Mac and Cheese, which is a soup bowl’s-worth of melty, crunchy, cheesy elbow noodles trimmed with bread crumbs, chives, diced tomatoes, and some unnamed spicy seasoning. It aspires to be nachos, and comes pretty close. In a good way.

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St. Francis Monastery Mac and Cheese

MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., (513) 381-6687, Over-the-Rhine, motrpub.com

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