CLARKSTON — If you’ve recently thought, “there aren’t enough places to get a hamburger around here,” Oh Gee arrived in Clarkston this fall to fill the need.Burgers, sandwiches, bite-size steak and fries are lunch and dinner mainstays at the small restaurant, the latest to occupy the former Smitty’s Barrel bar at the corner of Elm and Diagonal streets in Clarkston. The Smitty’s sign still hangs inside the U-shaped room, which is simply outfitted with metal chairs, wooden tables and cement floors.
French fries here are some of the best around, hand-cut thick with the skins still on and fried golden and crispy. Oh Gee’s burgers are made with fresh ground beef from 4 Friendz Meat Market in Clarkston. The most talked about is the Oh Geebus burger, which has a grilled glazed doughnut for a bun encasing a beef patty, maple bacon, a fried egg and American cheese ($13). Other burger versions include the Swoinker, a bacon and cheddar-stuffed beef patty with garlic aioli ($13); the Blue Chorizo with creamy blue cheese and chorizo ($12); and the Spicy Onion, a beef patty layered with Panko onion rings and chipotle mayo ($11), which wasn’t really spicy.
Sandwiches range from your basic B.L.T. on Texas Toast ($8.50) to a meat-laden Italian with grilled pepperoni, salami, smoked ham, havarti cheese, garlic aioli, lettuce and tomato ($10.50).
Large salads are aimed at carnivore appetites. The Irish Salad comes with house-made shredded corned beef, rye croutons and Thousand Island dressing on a bed of mixed greens with red onion ($9.50). There’s also a beer-marinated and grilled Bite Size Steak Salad ($13).
Bite-size options fill out the entree list. Oh Gee serves Bite Size Steak ($14.50) along with Bite Size Pork and Maple Chicken ($10.50 each).
Oh Gee, 801 Elm St., Clarkston (509) 758-9394