Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Restaurant Review: Burger Bar

I've been hearing of all sorts of burger-specializing restaurants here in Chicago, and this week we decided to try out Burger Bar in Lincoln Park. We went on a Monday around 7pm and were seated immediately on the outside patio.

The menu is not overwhelmingly large (I consider this a good thing) but they have a good variety of specialty burgers and a "make your own burger" option. Burgers are all served with your choice of fresh cut fries, home made potato chips, sweet potato fries, or a side salad. One of the real highlights, however, was the $1 upgrade to truffle fries. We're big olive-oil enthusiasts in this family, and my dad always says "there's nothing that can be made with olive oil that isn't even better with truffle oil"... true story. These fries were AWESOME, and you get an enormous mound of them on your plate.

I went with the "Burger Bar" option (Starting at just $9) and did the 1/2 pound burger with provolone and avocado added on (each totally worth the $1 upgrade... the avocado was fresh and plentiful!) and topped with lettuce, tomato, and mayo... all served on a perfectly toasted bun. The burger was huge and I ended up bringing half of it home, but it was REALLY good. Pictured here with truffle fries.

My dad went for the "High Hog" stacker ($12) which was a barbeque pork burger with bacon, ham, white cheddar, and apple-cabbage slaw on top. It was recommended by our waiter and proved to be a good choice. Pictured here with the homemade chips.

We both got a Goose Island beer, on special on Mondays for $3, and split a Chocolate Peanut Butter milk shake. The shake was decent, but for $6 was not the best or the biggest shake. I would probably skip this next time. Aside from that, the meal was absolutely delicious and totally filling. (Oh, and note the 20+ page booklet you get at your table describing each of the many beers they carry!)

You can check out the Burger Bar website, hours, and menu HERE.

Address: 1578 N. CLYBOURN
Price: Average meal around $10
Great beer specials Sunday- Thursday

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