Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Five Bucks: The Rod Burger

There is fast food, fancy food, and then there is good ol' American food.  Over the years, my gals and I have traveled many back roads and two-lane by-ways across this great country on the motorcycles, and even in the motorhome for a few years that it took up space in the barn.  We love to find those out-of-the-way, mom-n-pop shops, businesses, and burger joints.

Good food in a good place at a good price is just what I like.  I'm not the biggest fan of the "Mc-Chain" restaurants, whether they be fast or fancy food.  I've never found any food yet worth my standing around and waiting an hour for as my wife will attest.  Hour wait... I'm out the door.  Fortunately, there are a lot of good out-of-the-way places that to some may not look like a five-star restaurant on the outside, or even the inside, but they serve up good ol' American food.

Fortunately for us, we don't live too far from such a place.  The Capricorn Inn is a great little mom-n-pop restaurant and if you ask directions to it from local folks they probably have never heard of it.  Most around here refer to it as Rod's after the former owner and cook who also had a reputation for singing loudly to whatever was blaring on the radio while firing up some hot food at the grill.

Rod recently retired and sold the place to Ron and Angie Hubbard, some good folks who have returned to southern Ohio after some time in Colorado.  They've done a nice job putting a little polish and shine on the place to freshen it up, and they were smart enough to keep the name and most of the offerings on the short menu... including the Rod Burger.

The Rod Burger is pretty much a meal by itself.  It's a good ol' American burger loaded up with fresh fixin's that will make your mouth water.  They have several other selections on the menu, but the Rod Burger is what they're known for... and judging from the number of pick-up trucks and American iron usually sitting in the gravel parking lot... if you're bringing any yuppie, metro-sexual types to Rod's, I can assure you they'll be disappointed with the lack of vegan offerings.

So if you're ever in the area, don't hesitate to stop in and have a terrific burger at Rod's, just remember to bring cash... 'cause MasterCard might be priceless, but it's worthless at Rod's.

Go ahead and try it... and if you don't like it, you're out... like... five-bucks.


  1. Looks delicious! As often as I've moved, it's funny, but I miss the food--the local joints that even if you transplanted them, it wouldn't be the same. Enjoy your Rod's burger!

  2. No matter where we travel to...the first thing we do is find a local and ask for the best mom and pop place around. You just can't beat their homecooking! If we are ever in your neighborhood we will definitely check out the Rod burger!

  3. Sounds delicious! I love established, local favorites!

  4. I love Mom and Pop places and this burger looks totally like my kind of meal.