Every neighborhood has one. It’s that local watering hole that practically has assigned seating for the regulars. Cousin Hugo’s in Maplewood is that kind of place. I had picked this place out based on their rating on Urbanspoon when I was doing a search to satisfy a burger craving.
We arrived just after opening on a Saturday. The bar was empty as the waitresses and bartender were still getting set up. We chose one of the over-sized booths in the bar area. Looking around you notice beer signs and college football on the TV. Many of the walls are the older style wood paneling Some of the regulars walk in shortly after and are teased for “being late”. It welcomes you in as your typical local bar.
They have laminated menus on all the tables. One of the best ways to judge a bar’s food (and to satisfy my quota) is to try their burger. The standard burger at Cousin Hugo’s is 5 oz. I am known to eat a little more than the average person so I ordered the double.
They serve their burgers medium well. I typically order them medium rare but went with the flow. The burger comes with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and caramelized onions. I can see why they call it the “open wide”. It was a large burger. It was still juicy for being well done. All the toppings were fresh. I opted for the onion rings on the side. They were the thicker style beer battered type. Overall it was a filling meal with no complaints.
Dive 2 Five Scale – 2. Very friendly bar with lots of locals. Old style captains chairs, beer signs, and wood paneling make it a blast from the past. Although they were kid friendly early on a Saturday morning, I’m curious if it would be much later. Great local bar full of character that every neighborhood would be lucky to call their own.