2 Robbins Ave.
Niles, OH 44446
KC's Hot Pick of the Week is COACHES, the new restaurant that opened up in the Pine Tree Plaza in the McKinley Heights section on Niles, Ohio.
Opening a burger joint across the street from a McDonald's is a gutsy move. Putting it in the former home of the Arthur Treacher's at the corner of Robbins and Route 422 is another.
I'm not much of a burger girl, and my husband is a vegan. That said, we visited COACHES and I was pleasantly surprised. I had the Chicken and Greens Sandwich. It was a large marinated grilled chicken breast topped with sautéed Italian greens and provolone cheese on a big, fresh bun. It was juicy and delicious.
I heard rave reviews on the turkey burger with barbecue sauce on a gluten free bun and the salted caramel pretzel milkshake from an adjoining table.
My husband had the veggie burger.
Will COACHES make it? I don't know. The place is small and dark. The burgers are expensive, from $4.99 for the single to $8.99 for the Cleveland Burger with Kielbasa on top and the Porky Burger with pulled pork on the burger. But the staff was friendly and efficient. The big salads, onion tanglers, and sweet potato fries looked good.
Opening a small business today is fraught with peril, especially in this little corner of the world. None of the area restaurants are doing a booming business, with the possible exception of Olive Garden on Route 422 across from the Eastwood Mall. The Go-Out-To-Eat budget in our area is shrinking along with the paychecks.
If you are in the area and hungry, I suggest you give COACHES a try. Just pass on the Veggie Burger.