By Anthony M. Fuda
People always say the best burger you will ever have is prepare and grill in your own backyard. You decide what seasonings to put in it; you decide how long to cook it; and you decide what toppings go on it.
Well, if you want that backyard burger, but you don’t want to do the work, Shaker’s Backyard Bar and Grill’s chefs make their backyard your backyard. Tell them what you want, and just like home, you’ll get just what you desire.
The menu offers a build your own burger, which makes the number of burgers infinite, based on the toppings available. The regular menu has the build-your-own burger (you can put on one topping, or load the entire burger with whatever is on the menu); and also a four slider plate. They also have a feature burger each day. When we went, the feature burgers were the Prairie Fire Burger (pepper jack cheese, onion straws, jalapeno coins, Cajun sour cream, bacon on a brioche bun) and the Bacon Mac Attack (bacon, cheddar cheese with fried mac n cheese on a brioche bun).
And, at Shaker’s, Sundays are Burgers and Bloodys where you can get one of three specialty burgers and fries for $6.99 – Rodeo Burger (cheddar cheese, bacon, onion rings topped with Southern BBQ sauce), Back n’ Blue Burger (blue cheese, bacon topped with hot garlic parm sauce), and the Wake n’ Bakin’ Burger (American cheese, ham, bacon and a fried egg), and you can wash it down with a $3.50 Bloody Mary.
I chose the Rodeo Burger and after taking a healthy bite, the first thing I noticed was the nice char the patty had encasing the beautifully seasoned beef. The cheddar cheese accented the flavors while bacon always ties together a great burger. These toppings just enhanced the sweet Southern BBQ sauce. My burger was so juicy I didn’t think the brioche bun would be able to withstand all these tasty toppings, but it made it through and seemed to beg for more. And I agree, this burger is begging for me to come back and attack it again.
JT had the Prairie Fire Burger and remarked, “I love burger night! The Prairie Fire: From the melted pepper-jack over the jalapeno coins to the perfectly cooked burger, to the buttery grilled bun, (which is a nice touch), this burger is firing on all cylinders! It’s spicy but not to the point that it over powers the flavor of the well-seasoned half-pounder. I’ve always been a fan of Shakers in Liberty and I’m pleased to report that they have brought with them to Poland, their tradition of awesome burgers! Yes, Shakers! A resounding ‘YES’!”
Chiz saw the Prairie Fire and stopped in his tracks, saying, “We have eaten our fair share of burgers before, but this one seemed different, As the chef approached us with my “Prairie Fire Burger,” I already had a feeling that this one might be unique. I couldn’t help but have an instant attraction to this burger. It appeared to be split perfectly and balanced evenly with the ingredients. Top bun on one side of the plate, bottom on the other. The layering to this wild one was impeccable, each layer better than the next. Resting upon the top bun was Cajun sour cream and onion straws while the bottom of the bun had the 8 oz of fresh ground beef topped with perfectly cooked bacon, jalapeno coins, and luscious melty pepper-jack cheese. I took as long as I could to get to know it by layering the fresh lettuce, tomato, and pickle on the top bun. I first started with a gentle nibble or two but that did not last long. The meat itself was delicious. I could already tell this one was the perfect mix of it all. With each bite I took, I enjoyed more and more of it. The meat itself was moist, juicy, and simply amazing. Adding bacon into this mix, some would almost think it was too much to handle but the meat and buttered brioche bun calmed it all down and kept it all contained. I might just be in love with this burger, but only time will tell. Thank you to the awesome staff at Shakers Backyard Bar and Grill… I will be back for seconds!”
Shaker’s Back Yard Bar and Grill changed owners last year, when Dan Crump and Jason Sharpe purchased the tavern, which is the second location to the parent bar on Belmont Ave in Liberty.
Crump said Shaker’s has “great quality food at a reasonable price, pared with excellent service and a light-hearted atmosphere.” We couldn’t agree more, with its rustic setting and the back patio ready to make you feel you’re sitting in your own back yard with great friends, where you can enjoy the warmer outdoor weather with any of the fine burgers Shaker’s chefs create for you.
4 1/2 stars
When you go…
Shaker’s BackYard Bar & Grill
8942 Youngstown Pittsburgh Rd
Poland, Ohio 44420
Hours: Mon – Fri (3 pm – 10 pm)
Sat (noon – 10 pm)
Sun (noon – 8 pm)
Burgers: Build Your Own and specialty burgers throughout the week starting at $8.99
Website: Facebook Page , Shaker’s BackYard Bar & Grill