Ripley Edition: Fairplain Yacht Club

By Candace Nelson - 10:00 AM

Fairview Yacht Club

On my first visit (ever!) to Ripley, I was determined to find a good lunch spot. A few local places were on my to-try list (like Crabby Patti's and The Downtowner), but considering it was a holiday weekend, most on my list were closed. Except one: Fairplain Yacht Club.

Fairview Yacht ClubI was riding solo for this one, so I sidled up to the bar and asked for a menu. The interior is dark and looks just like a sports bar, with flags and beer signs and ball games on all the TVs. But families were dining here, so maybe it's dual purpose.

Fairview Yacht ClubI asked the server what was best here. She mentioned the burgers are big sellers. I ordered the "Buoy Burger," because it is classic - lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo. I added cheddar cheese. And judging by the photo, it's more colby jack. I also got onion rings. And also judging by that photo, you probably didn't want to be anywhere near me after this meal.

And, you know what, this is a good burger. A really good burger. It was juicy, flavorful, and they weren't skimpy on the toppings. The bun was nice and buttered and grilled. The onion rings were huge and crispy. I mean, it's not good for your waistline. But it was sure as hell good for my tastebuds. Next, I'll have to try one of their fancier burgers. They definitely have the basics down.

Grade: A
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