1. Kewpee, Lima
Location: 111 N. Elizabeth St., 2111 Allentown Road, 1350 Bellefontaine Ave., Lima
Phone: Elizabeth Street: 419-228-1778, Allentown Road: 419-227-9791, Bellefontaine Avenue: 419-229-1385
Hours: Elizabeth Street: 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. 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 Avenue: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Highlights: In single, double, with cheese and without, you can’t really go wrong with a Kewpee hamburger. Top it with ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickles, relish, lettuce, onions, tomato, bacon or olives for a truly customized sandwich made-to-order fast and fresh. Locally raised beef is delivered daily to the restaurants, ensuring the absolutely freshest meat for juicy, high-quality burgers that local residents expect. These hamburgers are sure to impress out-of-towners, so be sure to treat visiting friends and family to this local favorite burger joint.
2. Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Lima
Location: 3292 Elida Road, Lima
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Highlights: Five Guys boasts fresh meat and big ol’ pile of seasoned fries. This restaurant made its humble beginnings in 1986 in the Washington, D.C., area. In 2002, its owners opened it to franchise, and this burger joint has since spread quickly around the nation. With more than a dozen toppings to perfect your burger, from classic ketchup and mustard to the more adventurous grilled onions and A-1 sauce, diners can return again and again to experience all of the flavor combinations Five Guys has to offer.
3. Tony’s, Ottawa
Location: 1702 E. Main St., Ottawa
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily
Highlights: This small hometown restaurant claims to serve up the best signature burgers in town. Well, now it can add “in the region” to this bold statement. Tony’s is all about freshness and quality. That’s why they grind their hamburger meat fresh daily — none of that frozen stuff at all. Tony’s is home to the famous Titanburger, which was named after a local school mascot. It features two beef patties made from locally-raised beef, two slices of cheese, lettuce and a secret Titan sauce.