Published: Thursday, May 24, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 16:08
Awhile back, I reviewed DMK, a fellow burger bar on Sheffield and Wellington. Shortly after the review was published, a reader suggested that Burger Bar Chicago was a better place for burgers.
I visited Burger Bar Chicago, located right across the street from the North and Clybourn Red Line stop, ready to compare both places.
Before my visit, I checked out the restaurant's website. There was mention of a mac bar. I assumed an actual serve yourself bar with mac 'n' cheese existed. That was enough to declare this place a must-visit. When I asked my server, who was very friendly and helpful in recommending both food and drinks, about the mac bar, my bubble was burst. "It's not an actual bar," she said. Still, I ordered the preferred bacon mac (get the large bowl if you are eating with a group of three to four people).
You can build your own burger, which means that the title of the restaurant is true. At DMK, they only offer a list of burgers that are already set with cheeses and ingredients. Like DMK, there are also alternatives for those who do not eat beef, from veggie burgers, turkey (or chicken) burgers, and salads.
If you are dining solo or on a date (or just one additional friend), save room in your stomach for the burgers and avoid the appetizers (or snacks). The wings are a huge serving and can leave you full before you get a chance to enjoy the main course.
And last but certainly not least, there is the bar. Burger Bar Chicago beats DMK here with its drink specials. On Sundays, all drafts are four dollars. On Tuesdays, there are $3 Goose Island beers (and 1/2 priced wings. That's a good day to get those wings.) Thursdays, PBR is a buck, domestics are two dollars, and premium drafts are five a piece.
One beer that stands out is the Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Company. A Scottish ale, this strong and hoppy ale went well with the meal. There is another reason why this ale stands out. It contains the highest ABV (alcohol by volume) than any other beer. At 12%, this is the equilavent of three to four beers. Only drink one. You will already be a daredevil ordering this in the first place.
After visiting both burger bars, I would have to go with Burger Bar Chicago for the ultimate experience. Did I mention that you can also eat outside in their patio? Summer's almost here. "Burgers, beer, mac 'n' cheese, and I can eat and drink outside?" Oh, yes.