McKean Tavern

   June 17, 2014 10:01 am    1

 

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After getting multiple recommendation for the burgers at the McKean Tavern, I knew I had to get down there to try them.  I stopped down on Saturday afternoon to grab some lunch.  There were a couple of other patrons at the bar when I arrived so I grabbed a seat and was greeted by the bartender, Molly.  She gave me a menu and a few suggestions on which burgers to try. I found out that she is also the cook so I figured she knew just how to make the burgers she suggested. I asked her to make me her favorite burger as well as a Ranch Burger off of the menu. After she served some drinks and took another lunch order, Molly headed into the kitchen to start cooking.

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Between the music coming from the television and the sounds of the grill from the kitchen, I was content sitting at the bar waiting for my food. It was just a few minutes until Molly was on her way back out with two burgers in hand. The beef patties are all hand made fresh at around a half pound with simply a touch of Canadian-style steak seasoning to let the meat be the star.  I started with the ranch burger. The burger itself had to have been close to an inch and a half thick and was topped with ranch and caramelized onion.  Before the burger even touches the grill, ranch dressing is mixed with the meat to give it some added flavor.  The insides of the bun were toasted golden and the top was left soft which was perfect.  The sweetness from the onions, the tang from the ranch, and the savory beef made for a wonderful combination.  The patty was juicy and full of flavor.  My suggested change was to coat the burger in dry ranch mix before grilled to add even more ranch flavor.

mckean-tavern_cheeseburgerNext was what I will call the Molly burger.  The same awesome burger patty was topped with American cheese, super crispy bacon, grilled onions, lettuce, and a thin spread of mayo.  Layered perfectly, each bite was the same as the last. This was a basic, yet fantastic burger.  The bacon gave it just the right amount of saltiness while the onions added a sweet touch.  The cheese sealed in the juices even more which enhanced the flavor.  The mayonnaise added a bit of a creamy texture to go with the crunch of the bacon and the toasted bun.  Ketchup and mustard were available to me, but both of these burgers were delicious without the extra condiments.

The burgers were served with chips, but you can substitute fries or onion rings as well.  Thank you to Molly for the great service and even better lunch.  The 15 minute drive from Erie to the tavern is well worth it for these burgers.  I can’t wait to come back down.  The phone number is (814) 476-1195.  Although the bar itself is open nightly until 2 a.m., the kitchen is only open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Until next time,

Andrew – Beard vs. Food

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One Response to “McKean Tavern”

  1. Kevin says:

    This is exactly why you must continue with these reviews. I have driven past this place countless times and now I know – I must stop for burgers! Keep up he good work!

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