MVBRB Review: The Rig, Howland (10-5-11)

MVBRB takes the Rig burger for a ride,
with award-winning wings on the side

By Anthony M. Fuda

.     The Mahoning Valley Burger Review Board (MVBRB) went to the fan request board for this month’s review, and we ended up at The Rig (Howland).

.     The Rig is nestled next to Avalon Lakes Golf Course and is the perfect 19th hole when you finish your round and are ready for a couple beers and a burger.

.     We made our way to the cozy, sports-themed bar and found a couple tables where we could sit back, relax and try the burger.  Ordering was simple.  Everything was a la carte and there was one burger — a cheeseburger served with lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles.

.     Choosing the burger was easy, and there are plenty of options on the menu for your side.  You can go traditional with fries, loaded chili fries or onion rings.  A couple of us went with wings for our side — award winning wings to be exact.

.     Our bartender, Justin Murphy, ran both sides of the bar and made sure we had everything we needed to make our meal enjoyable.

.     The burger is your typical bar burger,  with a nicely toasted bun.  It was very filling and the fresh toppings helped to enhance the burger’s flavor.

.     Greg said, “for a stereotypical bar burger you won’t be disappointed.”

.     The fries were thick cut and served in a generous portion. Add a little vinegar and you have a complete meal.  Or so we thought!

.     Then we tried the wings and were amazed by the flavor.  JT took a bite of the Buffalo Wing and said, “These are excellent.”  We also tried the hot and the award-winning Calico Wings.  The wings were an excellent complement to the burger, and because the wings were so good, we almost forgot about the burger.

.     The Rig entered its Calico Wings in the 2011 Youngstown Wingfest at the Covelli Center and took first place, according to votes “by a landslide.”  The award-winning calico recipe was concocted by Justin and another Rig bartender, Tara Weaver.  They are keeping the recipe a secret, so if you want to try the wings, you will have to stop in to the Rig and order a basket.

.     The Calico wings had just the right blend of heat and cool flavoring to keep you wanting more.

.     If you are looking for a place to go when your finished on the course, head over to the Rig and have a burger, and definitely order a side of their delicious, award-winning wings; and make sure to order the 5 star Calico sauce.

The MVBRB would like to thank everyone for their burger suggestions.  You can keep sending them to  Also, check out to read our review and check out the latest burger news.

The Rig
9421  E. Market St
Warren, Ohio  44484

2 thoughts on “MVBRB Review: The Rig, Howland (10-5-11)

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