FOOD

B Spot: What to order

Beth Stallings, Columbus Crave

If you haven't heard, Michael Symon's burger-centric, fast casual eatery B Spot opens at 11:30 a.m. today in Gahanna. Here's what you should order first.

Actually, before we get to the food, let me quickly explain why this order is where to start. See, I've got a soft spot for this burger-centric spot that dates back to long before the Symon opened the chain in Cleveland. And even long before he was named Iron Chef. In the bar area of his corner bistro (initially Lola, and now known as Lolita), those who wanted a taste of Symon's elevated comfort fare for a bit less, would pack in for happy hour. Here, you could order rosemary-scented fries and a burger topped with a fried egg (long before eggs were a normal burger topping). It was, hands down, one of the best happy hours in the city.

So, as you scan through the B Spot menu filled will burgers topped with coleslaw, fried salami and hot peppers, and beer brats loaded with pulled pork and fries, don't glaze over the Lola burger. It's a juicy patty served with a wonderfully runny sunny side up egg, thick bacon, pleasantly acidic pickled red onions and cheddar cheese. This is the burger that started it all. (If you're not a runny egg kind of person, I suggest the Fat Doug (named for Symon's longtime business partner) with coleslaw, pastrami, stadium mustard and swiss cheese if you're hungry; or the Thin Lizzy (named for Symon's wife) with griddled onions, mayo, dill pickels and cheddar cheese.

On the side, the choice is even easier-get the Lola fries. They're thin, crispy and heavenly scented with rosemary. They're another original (and still on the menu at the upscale Lola).

To wash it all down, look no further than the salty-sweet Vanilla Bean Apple Pie & Bacon milkshake (add bourbon for $3; yes, it's worth it). It's filled with chunks of apple pie and bacon that make it a meal in itself and a sweet ending to a filling meal.

Photo courtesy B Spot