July 28, 2013

1. Kewpee, Lima

Location: 111 N. Elizabeth St., 2111 Allentown Road, 1350 Bellefontaine Ave., Lima

Phone: Elizabeth St.: 419-228-1778; Allentown Road: 419-227-9791; Bellefontaine Ave.: 419-229-1358

Hours: Elizabeth St.: 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday; Allentown Road: 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday; Bellefontaine Ave.: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Highlights: A long time winner in the Best of Region hamburger category, Kewpee is widely known for their hamburgers, and not just in Lima. Made fresh daily, Kewpee hamburgers are not just tasty but also affordable. Customers can add a variety of fresh ingredients, making this the hamburger that really does make hearts go flippity-flop!

2. 5 Guys Burgers and Fries, Lima

Location: 3292 Elida Road, Lima

Phone: 567-698-8881

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

Highlights: A new addition to Lima, 5 Guys Burger and Fries has quickly made a name for itself and its tasty hamburgers. They are not just made fresh, but staff makes the patties for each day from a five-pound block of meat. The grade of beef is just shy of sirloin, making each hamburger super juicy.

3. Happy Daz, Lima

Location: 4557 Elida Road, 1064 Bellefontaine Ave., 2025 N. West St., 802 S. Cable Road, Lima

Phone: 419-227-3663

Hours: All locations: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday

Highlights: No asking where’s the beef on Happy Daz burgers. These whoppers come in at one-third pound and are made fresh every day. They are served up in a variety of ways from a traditional cheeseburger with the works to a traditional patty melt with your choice of Swiss or American cheese. Big and juicy, these hamburgers are made with the finest ingredients and toppings which keep customers coming back for more!

Honorable Mentions: Burger King, Lima; Applebee’s, Lima; Tony’s, Ottawa