What to know about that Wahlburgers chain that just opened in Cincy

Mark Wahlberg got the red-carpet treatment — literally — earlier this week when the actor visited the first southwest Ohio location for Wahlburgers in downtown Cincinnati. (The only other Ohio Wahlburgers is in Cleveland — for now.)

Mark Wahlberg was in Cincy this week to celebrate the new Wahlburgers

But there’s plenty more to know about the burger chain that he and brothers Paul (a chef) and Donnie (former boy-band heartthrob) Wahlberg founded in 2011.

ALSO NEW TODAY: Oakwood will become 1976 Paris for a day for special wine event


1.) Although Wahlburgers is best-known for its beef burgers, the chain last month unveiled with great fanfare its new “Impossible Burger,” which it described as “a 100 percent meatless option that is made entirely from plants and includes a four ounce patty, smoked cheddar, lettuce, caramelized onions, chili spiced tomatoes and Paul’s signature, house-made Wahlsauce.”

“Our customers have been asking for a delicious, meatless option and we are always looking for new ways to boost the Wahlburgers experience for our guests,” Paul Wahlberg said in a release.

RELATED: Mark Wahlberg’s Wahlburgers restaurant coming to Cleveland

Wahlburgers raved that the Impossible Burger “cooks, tastes and smells like ground beef from cows — but is made entirely from plants. It is produced without hormones, antibiotics, cholesterol or artificial flavors.”

But you don’t need to make the drive to Cincinnati to taste this product: The Butter Cafe at 1106 Brown St. also serves a burger made from the Impossible Beef, and the restaurant uses it in its Vegan Chili and Vegan Biscuits and Gravy, too.

RELATED: Cincinnati is getting a Wahlburgers, and we can’t wait (August 2017)

2) Wahlburgers definitely has its sights set on more locations in Ohio. Late last year, the chain announced a partnership with Meijer to add more locations in the Buckeye state and in Michigan. Meijer is based in Grand Rapids but has a strong presence in the Dayton area and other regions in Ohio.

MORE: Wahlburgers teams up with grocery chain to add more locations in Ohio

Meijer is “currently in early stages of planning regarding potential locations,” Meijer Public Relations Manager Joe Hirschmugl has told this news outlet. The restaurants will be built outside of Meijer stores, not inside, Hirschmugl said.

Wahlburgers also will bring its new food trucks to “select” Meijer locations, the burger chain’s officials said in a release.

RELATED: Your ultimate guide to the best burgers in Dayton

3.) Wahlburgers serves its beef burgers in single, double and triple versions (a la Wendy’s, actually), but the menu broadens out considerably from there.

The restaurant offers a Portobello Sandwich, served with white cheddar and caramelized onions with lettuce and tomato; a Crispy Haddock Sandwich, made crispy by panko bread crumbs; Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese topped with garlic Parmesan panko bread crumbs; a Thanksgiving Turkey Burger topped with stuffing, orange-cranberry sauce and roasted butternut squash.

Sides include Tater Tots and Sweet Potato Tots. Frappes and floats are available, including a Root Beer Float and a Creamsicle Float. There are also salads, bowls and chili.

And one must not forget the 20 beers on tap available at the new Cincinnati location.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in News

FDA, local schools take steps as teen e-cigarette use surges
FDA, local schools take steps as teen e-cigarette use surges

E-cigarette use by high schoolers increased 80 percent in the past year, prompting the Food and Drug Administration to propose new measures against flavored nicotine products that have spurred the rise. More than 3.6 million American middle and high school students admitted to being e-cigarettes users in 2018, up 1.5 million from last year, according...
Opinion: Break up Facebook

The New York Times revealed last week that Facebook executives withheld evidence of Russian activity on the Facebook platform far longer than previously disclosed. They also employed a political opposition research firm to discredit critics. There’s a larger story here. America’s Gilded Age of the late 19th century began with a raft of...
Washington teacher dies in childbirth - husband now suing hospital
Washington teacher dies in childbirth - husband now suing hospital

When Jane Chang arrived at Highline Medical Center in Burien, Washington, on Sept. 29, 2017, the healthy 28-year old woman was 41 weeks and three days pregnant. According to a civil complaint recently filed in King County Superior Court, Chang's "labor was induced" and "a cesarean delivery was discussed."  The complaint alleges...
2 senior Chihuahuas found in box on side of the road in Pennsylvania
2 senior Chihuahuas found in box on side of the road in Pennsylvania

The Beaver County Humane Society in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, is asking for help finding the person or persons responsible for abandoning two senior Chihuahuas in a cardboard box on the side of the road. The dogs, determined to be approximately 8 and 10 years old, were found yesterday in Monaca Heights. They appeared to be in need of extensive...
Police: Florida woman tries to grab officer's gun, stabs him with pen
Police: Florida woman tries to grab officer's gun, stabs him with pen

Police said a woman tried several times to grab a Daytona Beach officer's gun, and when that failed, she tried to stab him with a pen she had grabbed from his pocket.  Investigators said the woman also tried to strangle her live-in girlfriend and threatened to kill a 9-year-old girl.  Police body camera video shows the moment backup arrived...
More Stories