Ido Bar and Grill: Half Price Burger Night
Whether you like a dining deal, a mid-week break from the kitchen, or simply a great burger, Ido Bar and Grill in Akron is the place for one or all of the above.
Ido is an old-school corner joint in Akron’s Firestone Park neighborhood…the kind of place you can’t help but like, and the kind of place your parents and even grandparents frequented back in the day. It’s been an institution since the 1940s, so for the folks of South Akron I’d imagine many families have been going there for generations. Speaking of families, it’s just fine for kids – a kids’ menu, high chairs, the right noise level, etc.
The interior is cozy and casual, a little hodge-podge (where DID they find those upholstered booths??), with a long dining room on the right and separate “man bar” (it was mostly men in there) on the left. They were nice enough to let me come in and snap a photo…which turned out blurry and blog-unworthy. Here’s the main dining room:
So, why try Ido over your own neighborhood joint? Every Wednesday, burgers are half-off, taking the price to under $5 for a huge burger and fries. Now, this is not the Rail with its truffle butter and onion jam, or B-Spot with its house-cured meats, but it’s delicious all the same. I found almost all of the 10 combos appealing, and while perhaps not exactly ‘gourmet’ still interesting and well thought out.
I opted for the Montreal Burger, which included Montreal steak seasoning, blue cheese sauce, and onion straws. As a bona fide blue cheese lover, I of course loved this combo, and who doesn’t love onion straws?. I was unable to finish this mammoth beast:
My oldest son likes anything with heat, so he ordered Dario’s Chipotle Burger with cheddar, onion straws, and chipotle mayo. He downed the whole thing like a pro eater; good thing he runs cross country. Also at our table was the Famous Ido Burger – a classic combo of grilled mushrooms, onions and American cheese; simple but all the right flavor notes. The hubs was swayed off the burger menu by Moe’s Prime Rib Sliders – grilled prime rib with sautéed mushroom and onions on brioche – which he liked, until he sampled our burgers. He won’t make that mistake again, but aren’t these sliders cute:
- The kitchen will cook your burger how they want to (medium-well in my case) unless you instruct them otherwise.
- The burgers are huge and juicy, regardless of how they’re cooked. That’s a good thing!
- Half-price burger night gets busy. As you might expect.
- The beer selection is meh. I ordered the IPA, as in….the only IPA they had. This is not a craft beer joint, but there is a full bar, a few craft beers and lots of domestics.
- It’s dark in there, so if you like to photograph your food like I do, good luck!
Also, if you’re not in the mood for a burger, Ido has an extensive menu of salads, steaks, seafood, chicken, sandwiches and more. It would be hard to break from the burgers, but the Hungarian Sausage sandwich and pork chops are supposed to be fantastic.
The next time you don’t want to cook on a Wednesday, or any other night, try Ido Bar and Grill.
1537 S. Main Street
Top photo: credit – Yelp