Saturday, June 23, 2012

25 Degrees

February 25, 2012
736 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654
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A Quick Word:
Lately, this place has been extremely popular for both their burgers and their milkshakes.  But these aren't ordinary burgers or milkshakes... these are ENORMOUS customizable burgers and ALCOHOLIC milkshakes!  It is a fun place to come out with a group of friends or on a date.  The 3.5 mile rating may be a little low partially because my burger was overcooked and the waitresses were extremely slow. Also the prices are a little steep for a burger joint (see description of burger for pricing). I do hope to go back and eventually increase the rating!

What I ate:

Alcoholic Milkshakes
Left to Right:  El Pirata, Bananas Foster, Nola

El Pirata - two types of rum, pineapple, and coconut ice cream
Bananas Foster - rum, banana butterscotch, and vanilla ice cream
Nola - southern comfort, praline liquor, butter pecan ice cream, and toasted pecans

The milk shakes were delicious.  Extremely thick and surprisingly had a nice kick to it.  I don't think it is possible to get tipsy off these milkshakes so I would recommend ordering some cocktail for side drinking and almost using the milkshake for just a dessert!  They are large in size and I wished they offered a cheaper, smaller version.  After a while, the milk shake is just gets to be too much ice cream.

The Burger

So the great part about this restaurant is the customizable burgers.  First of all the beef is great quality and they don't skimp on size... these burgers are HUGE.  It is ground sirloin and I had mine piled high with JalapeƱo Bacon, a fried egg, and a grilled portobello mushroom!  Each topping costs $1 and each of the sauces also cost $1.  I was disappointed because cheeses cost $2 which is a little steep considering the base price to be $9 without any sides.  So be careful because the price of your burger could easily top $15 without sides.  Anyway, back to the burger...  mine personally was overcooked... I enjoy medium rare burgers and mine was more of medium.  It was still juicy and tender mainly because of the quality of the meat so I couldn't complain too much.  The bun was a thick pretzel bun which was much needed to hold all the toppings and soak up all that juice running out of the burger.  Overall, it was delicious but could be better.  Choose the right toppings and this may become one of your favorite burgers in Chicago!

Fries

The large order a fries... it was way too much!  Suggestion is to order the small order!  They were extremely crispy and had just the right amount of salt.

Sweet Potato Fries

I definitely suggest getting these over the regular fries or possibly ordering the half & half option.  There is just so much grease from all the food and these sweet potato fries help break up that grease with the sweetness from the potato.  Definitely not a healthy option but maybe choosing the better of two evils?

Onion Rings

Without question the best side dish of the night.  These were lightly battered and quickly fried and served piping hot!  The onion was a nice thick slice, not like other places with extremely thin onions.  They were salted perfectly and had a subtle sweetness to it.  Perfect!  I put a couple inside my burger and that was to die for!

The DOs/DON'Ts:
DO: 
- Do check for deals online.  We found an amazing deal on YouSwoop which basically cut costs in half!  But remember to TIP ON THE PRE-DISCOUNTED BILL!
- Do order the alcoholic milkshakes!  Definitely worth trying!
- Do share the sides... the fries/onion rings are huge servings and with the burger can easily be shared!

DON'T:
- Don't drive here... it is in the heart of downtown Chicago and parking is either difficult to find or will cost you an arm and a leg.
- Don't try to get tipsy/drunk on milkshakes... I would order cocktails or some other drink and then use the milkshake as a dessert.

How far would I walk for this food?


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