Thursday, October 25, 2012

Burger Bar

Location: 1578 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
Burger Bar on Urbanspoon

A Quick Word:
Here is another one of the create-your-own-burger bars in Chicago.  This one, however, has the fame for one of the better veggie burgers in the city.  And, I completely agree.  Here you are able to add a bunch of free toppings to any of the burgers you choose, have one of their pre-creative burgers, or try one of their alternate burgers, including a lamb one.  They also give plenty of options for sides.  The atmosphere of the bar is great... especially during a sporting event.  Check this place out for sure.

What We Ate:

Burger

So the great thing about this restaurant is the extensive list of free toppings that can be added to the simple burger.  They do suggest their own creations, but I like to personalize my burger.  So, cooked medium rare, I topped my half-pound burger with goat cheese ($1), house pickled red onions (free), banana peppers (free), and house pickled jalapeƱos (free).  I have been on a goat cheese on burgers streak and this one was definitely one of the more memorable ones.  I was disappointed however in the bun.  I saw some of the other burgers with multigrain or oat buns; but mine was a typical hamburger bun which was toasted on the grill.  These little bread sponges tend to fall apart especially with larger, juicy burgers.  Therefore, I suggest that they change the bun and upgrade it to some other substantial vessel.

Powerhouse Veggie Burger

This veggie burger was the main reason why I wanted to try this burger bar.  It was one of the runner ups for best veggie burgers in Chicago.  I believe it is a mushroom based burger that doesn't taste like mushrooms and is amazing.  It typically has arugula, avocado, goat cheese, and a chipotle mayo.  My friend added additional ingredients, including mushrooms, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and pickles.  The burger had a nice crisp to it and it was served on a whole grain/oat bun.  This bun was significantly better than the regular burger.  I would definitely come back for this veggie burger!

Sweet Potato Tater Tots

Another incredible creation that I have never had until this meal.  The tater tots were made of sweet potato and fried to perfection.  Unfortunately, the tots were sprinkled with a little sugar which was pointless because adding additional sweetness just made the dish worse.  I enjoyed dipping them into the urban sauce.  It is an extra charge (I believe $2), but it is well worth it.

French Fries

The typical handcut fries that comes with all of the burgers.  You can switch them to sweet potato fries for no extra charge, but like I said previously, the tots are $2 more.  The fries are also good to dip in the urban sauce and are somewhat crispy, even if you do take out.

The DOs/DON'Ts:
DO:
- If you order out, make sure you give them extra time.  They quoted 10 minutes, but it was closer to 20 or so before the order was brought out.
- DO ORDER THE URBAN SAUCE ON YOUR BURGER!  It reminds me of animal style sauce from In N Out Burger.
- Great place to watch sporting events.  Lots of flat screen TVs throughout the restaurant.

DON'T:
- Parking is tough around this area, especially on weekends... so I wouldn't drive.

How far would I walk for this food?



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