Careful study (Burp!) reveals EO Burgers are the tastiest in the area


Photo: Brad Steel

Brad Steel chows down on a burger. It was a tough assignment but The Flyer editor-in-chief agreed to try to find the best burger and fries in the Kettering area.

Burgers and fries are a classic, and every restaurant has its own particular take on the dish. A lot of great places right around Kettering serve high quality burgers and delicious fries. Following suggestions from fellow students, I went out to try to find the best burger in town.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Five Guys is probably one of the better-known burger joints in the area, with locations near the Dayton and Fairfield malls and on Brown Street near the University of Dayton.

Five Guys is a really cool place to eat, but the hectic environment can surprise a new visitor. Upon entering Five Guys, you’ll probably feel confused and overwhelmed, but look past the initial chaotic impressions and welcome the euphoria of the grill and fryers.

Five Guys burgers are delicious. They keep it fairly simple menu-wise, offering a few different hamburgers and cheeseburgers and options such as hotdogs, grilled cheese and BLTs for those who aren’t in the mood for a burger. However, burgers are the meat of this article and are the main entrée.

I went to Five Guys when there wasn’t much of a crowd and got my burger pretty quickly. My burger only cost around 6 bucks, which is a steal for the quality. However, it cost an extra $3 for fries, which I found a little pricey.

The burger, however, was excellent. It was well-cooked, juicy and delicious. The cheese was nice and melted, and the bun was tasty as well. The only downside was that the burger was greasy. Really greasy. As in bag-saturated-with-grease greasy. If you can stomach that, then you are in for a great burger, fun atmosphere and overall solid experience.

Burger: 7/10

Atmosphere: 6/10

Service: 8/10

Cost: 7/10

Overall rating: 7/10 stars

EO Burgers

EO Burgers is a burger place that recently opened at The Greene. It’s nestled on the corner across from the movie theater and next to Mongolian Grill.

The name ExtraOrdinary Burgers perfectly describes the place. EO tries for a more upscale take and hits the nail on the head. Menu-wise, EO offers a great variety of burgers, as well as chicken tenders for the kids and a small frozen custard desert menu. EO offers a lot of options for your burger. You can choose your type of bun and there are plenty of cheese options as well as other toppings.

EO had a decent crowd when I went, and it was easy to tell why. The classy, dimly-lit building had a very relaxed vibe to it. Some great music was playing, and it was a really cool place to be. I ordered my burger (which only cost about 7 bucks with fries) and did have to do a little waiting till it got there.

However, once I took a bite into my delicious, tender, flavorful burger, I had forgotten all about my wait. It’s probably one of the best burgers I ever had, and I will undoubtedly go back to EO whenever I have a little bit of time and a hankering for an amazing burger.

Burger: 10/10

Atmosphere: 9/10

Service: 7/10

Cost: 8/10

Overall rating: 9/10 stars

Red Robin     

Red Robin is a pretty well-known restaurant, and the closest location is up near the Mall at Fairfield Commons. Red Robin is much bigger than any of the other burgers spots reviewed here, and it boasts a wide variety of foods besides burgers. Red Robin offers full-course meals, soups, salads and deserts, so it’s a good place to go if you want a burger, but your other diners aren’t entirely feeling it.

Red Robin, despite being really big, was very crowded when I went. It took a while to get my burger, but the server was very friendly and accommodating. The burger, which cost 7 bucks, came with an unlimited helping of fries. (I don’t know about you guys, but I can put down some fries. Pardon the digression.)

My burger was just OK. It was a little dry but flavorful, and the cheese was pretty good. The bun was a little tough but not enough to ruin the burger.

Burger: 6/10

Atmosphere: 7/10

Service: 8/10

Cost: 8/10

Overall rating: 7/10 stars


Smashburger is a popular burger joint among students at Fairmont and for good reason. Located at Brown Street right by UD, Smashburger is a great place to get an amazing burger.

Smashburger has a nice throwback diner feel to it. Upon entering, I was welcomed with pop music and a friendly hello. It was a small crowd, and the workers were very friendly.

My burger was delicious. It was savory and very tender. The special “Smash Sauce” gave my burger a nice extra flavor. However, the burger was greasy. Surprisingly more greasy than the Five Guys Burger (which I didn’t think was possible). The fries were mediocre, a little over-salted. They weren’t terrible but also nothing to write home about.

However, at 6 bucks and change, it was definitely worth the cost.

Burger: 8/10

Atmosphere: 9/10

Service: 8/10

Cost: 8/10

Overall rating: 8/10 stars