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