Quatman Cafe has two locations in Cincinnati – the original in Norwood and the newer one in the heart of old Mason. Even with my LOVE of Quatman – I had actually never been to the Mason location.
We were recently on a drive with Larry’s mom and hungry and stumbled into Mason and I said – QUATMAN!!!!! And that’s when Larry just sighed and knew it was over. If I’m within 3 miles of these delicious burgers – I MUST HAVE THEM!
I love that the Mason location has a tile mosaic in the same vain as the Norwood location.
The menu is ridiculously simple and I never understand why anybody even looks at it. Mom just trusted me and we all got the same order – cheeseburger, fries, extra pickles.
Why Should You Go? OMG – so good – like seriously so delicious. The burger is definitely like a “house-burger” that you’d make at home. The cheese is definitely Land O’Lakes American – the very tastiest. The fries are skinny. The pickles – tart. The plate – PAPER!
And then – we got to talking and turns out my coworker crew hadn’t been to Quatman either! Well – Susie had NEVER been (for shame!) and Dawn hadn’t been in probably 15 years. Since it’s relatively close to downtown – we had to go!
Here’s the mosaic in the Norwood location – it’s of the original owner. The restaurant used to be a grocery store (pre-Kroger) – they tapered off in much more recent times to just having a deli counter and now that’s even gone. 🙁
They recently remodeled the Norwood location – and when I say remodel – I mean – complete gut & overhaul. I actually think the new location has lost the “charm” of the old – but luckily – the food didn’t lose any of its charm!
The other thing we love about Quatman is that they have no soda loyalty! They have it all! I think that stems from their days as a grocery store – but it’s awesome – I could have my Coca Cola and Dawn could have her Diet Pepsi!
Even though it may look different – the crowd is the same – this table of retireds got there the same time as we did. Noon on a Wednesday and they were cracking beers and gnoshing on burgers. I kinda wanted to barge in and hang with them for the rest of the day!
And there it is – my burger perfection – yet again. Boom.
In a moment akin to the Springer Moment at the end of a Jerry Springer show – here’s my moment of wisdom:
I think in the world of “how tall can we make our burger” and “what random crap can we put on our burger” there is something fantastic about a simple delicious beef patty with a thick slice of American cheese and some damn good pickles. To all those 7″ high burgers out there – sometimes simple wins out.