FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio -- What was once a speakeasy is now a favorite local hang out among Clevelanders throughout the area.
Gunselman's Tavern is home to a variety of drinks patrons can come in and enjoy, but they can also indulge in some of the bar's specialty burgers.
Cleveland's Best reporters Kaylee Remington and Yadi Rodriguez along with comedian Mike Polk visited Gunselman's Tavern Monday. The tavern is a Top 20 contender in Cleveland's Best Burger contest.
The winner is going to be decided by you, the readers. You can vote in the poll found at the bottom of this post until 9 a.m. May 15.
Location: 21490 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, OH 44126
Phone: (440) 331-5719
Social media links: https://www.facebook.com/gunselmans, Twitter: @GunselmansTav, Instagram: @gunselmanstavern
At each of the Top 20 finalist restaurants we all sampled five beef burgers: A plain burger, a burger chosen by the restaurant, two burgers chosen by Cleveland's Best reporters Kaylee Remington and Yadi Rodriguez and a burger selected by Cleveland's Best celebrity host, comedian Mike Polk.
PLAIN BEEF BURGER
Mike Polk says: Solid, good texture and good seasoning.
Kaylee Remington says: Nice smoky flavor. Juicy burger.
Yadi Rodriguez says: Tasty, a burger that you can eat plain without any toppings and still tastes great.
Cleveland's Best manager Kristen Davis says: Thick, has grill taste, meat is well packed.
Mushroom Swiss - Sauteed mushrooms and grilled onions with swiss cheese.
Polk says: Perfectly cooked.
Remington says: Not a huge fan of mushrooms but the burger was good. Thick burger.
Rodriguez says: Really good texture, mushrooms cooked just right, cheese melted perfectly.
Davis says: Meaty, big burgers, mild cheese and mushrooms. The burger shines.
Buffalo style - Gunselman's house buffalo sauce, blue cheese slaw, diced tomato
Polk says: Nice contrast with tomato's.
Remington says: The buffalo sauce and blue cheese combined was delicious. I love buffalo sauce so I enjoyed it on the burger.
Rodriguez says: Good combination of tomatoes and blue cheese. The tomato really helps take the bite from the buffalo sauce.
Davis says: Tomato adds a nice touch. Spice lingers and medium heat.
Hickory bacon BBQ - Gunselman's BBQ sauce, hickory bacon, cheddar, onion straws.
Polk says: Great bacon, sauce was great.
Remington says: Bacon was crispy and thick, BBQ sauce was sweet and complimented the burger well.
Rodriguez says: Loved the bacon, thick and just the right amount. The BBQ sauce was just the right amount.
Davis says: Sweet sauce, nice bite to it. Thick bacon.
Black & Blue - Cajun dry rub, blue cheese butter, onion straws and A1 sauce (housemade)
Polk says: Amazing! Life-changing, perfect. Sauce was great.
Remington says: A1 sauce was amazing! Love that it's homemade.
Rodriguez says: The crunchy onion straws added a great texture, Nice thick burger.
Davis says: Mellow cheese, Cajun flavor is lacking.
More about Gunselman's Tavern:
Owner: John Caine, David Grace and Joe McDonough
When did it open: December 11, 1936. John, David and Joe took over in Sept. of 2014.
How many different beef burgers are on the menu: Nine
Bun options: Brioche buns.
Best seller: Just Plain Jane - A hand-packed burger from the Westside market.
Most unique beef burger: Black & Blue - Cajun dry rub, blue cheese butter, onion straws and A1 sauce (housemade)
Prices: burgers start at $9
Specials: Every Monday you can get the Plain Jane and a pint for $7