Best of Moffat County: O.P. Bar & Grill wins best hamburger
June 28, 2013
O.P. Bar & Grill is not in the business of making "tiny, wimpy burgers." Instead, the Craig restaurant boasts big and savory, mouth-watering burgers that won the best hamburger title in Moffat County.
If you ask O.P. Bar & Grill owner Delbert Kenz what spices he uses to flavor his burgers, he'll tell you to keep guessing. It's "top secret."
Yet he did reveal one reason why his burgers rose to the top.
"The one thing we don't do is squeeze our burgers. They turn into hockey pucks. You wanna keep the juice in them," Kenz said.
And he makes sure his cooks are well aware of his expectations when it comes to preparing his famous hamburger.
"If they squeeze the burger, they won't be here anymore," he said.
Restaurant patrons can choose from 11 burgers on O.P. Bar & Grill's menu, including the Triple Cheeseburger — a full pound and a half of meat topped with a hefty serving of cheese with a $14.50 price tag.
The burger is so monstrous that Kenz started a contest to see who can scarf the biggest burger offered in Craig.
"If you can eat two of our triple stack burger, they're free and you get a T-shirt and a $20 gift certificate," he said.
On Wednesday, the restaurant runs another special: Eat two, 1 pound double cheeseburgers that cost $10.50 each, and get them both free.
"It ain't the big guys that can do it — it's the little guys," Kenz said.
He thinks that the skinny guys starve themselves for a couple of days before they dive in, allowing them to finish the burger challenge.
One of Kenz's favorites is the $8.50 Pepper Jack Melt, which is slightly spicy.
In addition to burgers, the restaurant offers a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and soups.
The restaurant has been in business for 27 years, and Kenz and his wife have owned it for the past 17 years.
Parties, wedding receptions, anniversaries and more are celebrated on the O.P. Bar & Grill's gigantic patio. Bands also play on a stage that Kenz built off of his old houseboat that no longer functions in the water.