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September 3, 2011

Restaurant Review : Zola Pub and Grill in Covington, KY


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PJ and I headed to Zola Pub and Grill in Mainstrasse in Covington, KY for a lunch date a couple of months ago. I had purchased a half off deal from Livingsocial so we were excited for a cheap lunch and to spend time together. It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood, so we decided to sit right out front at a small table right by the front door. I was happy to find a parking spot on the street close by.

I had heard reviews about their burger, some good and some bad. So I needed to find out for myself.  All of their burgers are 1/2 lb burgers made of choice Black angus beef. I ordered The Spicy Jack Burger, a blackened seasoned burger with bacon, banana peppers, and pepper jack cheese, all for $7.25. The burger sounded amazing, but I was a bit disappointed. I did not enjoy the taste of the burger... in fact, I took maybe two bites and didn't eat anymore. It tasted to me more like a sausage burger, but one that I didn't like, which is strange because usually I love sausage. It just didn't taste like a beef burger to me. I wanted to like it, I did. I was excited about the thickness of the burger and that it looked handmade and not like a frozen patty, and the toppings looked beautiful atop that plump piece of meat. But the taste just wasn't up to par for me. PJ ordered the Mushroom Burger with pepper jack cheese. He enjoyed his and didn't think it tasted strange like I did. I just wasn't impressed, since I had expectations for it to possibly be one of the better burgers in Cincy. This burger wouldn't meet my top 5 burgers. It sure did look pretty though. 

PJ's Mushroom Burger

My Spicy Jack Burger

Up-close shot of my Spicy Jack Burger.

I spent most of my lunch munching on our appetizer. We started with the Cajun Cheese Fries. These were thick steak fries sprinkled with cajun seasoning and topped with cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and sour cream. These were delicious, as you guys know I'm a sucker for bacon and potatoes. Not too soggy, and had a nice flavor and the toppings were a nice addition. If I went back, I would definitely order them again.

If you are wanting to try a burger - they've got Burger Mania every Wednesday where you can get a burger with up to 5 toppings and a side for only $6.00. Or stop by on Monday for their $.50 wing deal. I'm not screaming to go back, but if someone else wanted to, I would join along, order those fries again, and try some of their wings. They are known for their burgers and wings, and since I didn't have much luck with their burger, maybe the wings would be better. I'll let ya know :)

Peace, and bacon grease!

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Chris said...

That is interesting. I played around with some different hamburger rubs this year, one of the ones I tested was Emeril's Bamburger seasoning and it called for 2 Tbsp per lb of beef. It was the lowest rated burger for EVERY one of my taste testers. Two people referred to it is "sausage like".

I wonder if that place is using Emeril's rub for their burger mix (or maybe just a similar institutional mix).

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