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From soup to salad, Grover's knows how to make a burger

When people are looking for suggestions of the best burger in town, Grover's is one name that always makes the list. Thank the famous giant Grover Burger for that: 12 ounces of fresh 90 percent lean Angus beef that comes in a variety of choices from classic cheeseburger to Tex Mex.

The dining area isn’t huge, so just write your name on the chalkboard and order a drink at the bar while you wait. That gives you plenty of time to read all of the fun, quirky signs plastered on the wall. Grover’s has a full bar complete with mixed drinks ($4.50-$5), domestic and local craft beers ($3.25-$7), and wine ($6-$8).

When it's time to order, don't go right for the burger. Instead, start with the cheeseburger soup ($4.75 to $5.50), which is so delicious it was featured on an episode of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."

Created in-house, it's a burger in a bowl (without the bun). Every cheesy spoonful is loaded with fresh ground beef and all the fixings including shredded lettuce and diced, juicy tomatoes ($4.75-$5.50).

Then on to choosing your Grover Burger. The massive Bruiser Burger ($10.50) is a big hit with the locals and my favorite. Topped with bold crumbled blue cheese and buttery grilled onions, it's bursting with flavor and cooked to perfection, leaving juice running down to the plate after you hunch forward to take a big bite.

[Related: Grover's inclusion in a gallery of cheeseburgers to celebrate a national day]

Customers enjoy a meal at Grover's on a bright April day. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

The warm ground beef patty heats up the blue cheese crumbles, making them gooey and melted. The butter from the cooked onions ties in the rich flavors. Make it even better by adding a couple strips of extra crispy bacon.

You can’t go wrong with the classic cheeseburger ($9) loaded with melted sharp cheddar. The tangy cheese, salty meat and creaminess from a mix of ketchup and mayo create the comforting flavor of a backyard cookout.

Looking for something beyond traditional? Check out the burger of the week – in this case it was a breakfast burger ($12.50) with a runny-yolk egg sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Pair your burger with a half-and-half basket of fries and onion rings ($4.50).

The menu goes beyond the burger with interesting sandwich choices. Grover’s Best Hangover is a juicy, tender 10-ounce strip steak with rendered-down fat that makes the beef practically melt in your mouth. Extra crispy, salty onions and a generous amount of melted cheese are tucked between the bread slices to create a messy, delicious masterpiece ($15).

Liz Bursztyn pours a drink at Grover's. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

A crab cake sandwich ($12) has huge chunks of lump crab and creamy rémoulade sauce. Other sandwiches include chicken finger and grilled chicken ($9) and cheese steak hoagies ($10.50).

There’s an entire menu of specialty grilled cheese sandwiches like the french onion with gooey provolone and sauteed, caramelized onions ($8.50) or the Off the Hook ($12.50) with tender lobster meat, crunchy scallions and warm Monterrey jack and cream cheese.

Traditional crispy Buffalo wings are served hot, medium, mild, barbecue, Cajun and jerk ($11 for 10 wings and $19.75 for 20) and specialty wings ($13.50 for 8 wings and $19.50 for 16). Grover's is known for its Backward Bleu wing which is smothered first in creamy blue cheese and served with a side of hot sauce for dipping.

Salads include the Grover’s Garbage Salad topped with a giant, juicy burger patty with melted cheese, crispy bacon, crunchy dill pickles, plump tomatoes, onions, spicy sauce, and fries over a bed of lettuce ($14). All the flavors of the burger you know and love without the bun – another innovative option from this classic burger joint.

CHEAP EATS

Grover's Bar & Grill

9160 Transit Road, East Amherst (636-1803)

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Price range: Grover’s is cash only. Price ranges between $2.50-$19.75 (for wings to share).

Wheelchair-access: No

Parking: Yes

Gluten-free options: Yes, gluten-free rolls available for $2.75 and salads.

Grover’s Bar & Grill is at 9160 Transit Road in East Amherst. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

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