Burger Bar (Restaurant, Lincoln Park)
Chicago’s been in a burger frenzy for quite some time now. Burger Bar is yet another contender for Chicago’s best supplier of above average burgers and craft beer. The inside is wood paneled — and I mean everything. Wood booths, tables, and wood paneled walls make sure you aren’t focusing on anything besides which craft beer to start with from their lengthy and descriptive drink list. They also offer a couple of beer flights I was very tempted to try. They’ve got a fully stocked bar for the beer averse, and if alcohol isn’t in the cards for the day they have a really awesome looking list of milkshakes. They even have a root beer float!
There’s about eight burgers to choose from on the menu, which was a welcome short list after trying to choose a beer. I rarely eat at a restaurant these days without asking my server’s opinion on what to get, and so went with the “Fa-Getta-Bod-It” which has prosciutto, fried egg, mozzarella cheese, tomato, and a basil mayo. The egg came a little under-done, but the burger was overall very good. The saltiness of the prosciutto went very well with all the other ingredients, and my biggest gripe was that I can never seem to get a good bite of these specialty burgers because my mouth is too small. Or maybe the burgers have too many ingredients. Probably not. My friend had a Bison Burger with goat cheese, tomato chutney, and arugula on a pretzel bun. It was also very good and a pretzel bun is always a bonus. They have a chicken burger, a veggie burger, a tuna burger, and a turkey burger for you crazy people that don’t eat red meat. But, coming from a red meat fanatic, they actually looked pretty good. They also have a selection of salads and mac ‘n cheeses. There appetizer menu was tempting and includes the increasingly popular fried pickles.
When it comes to the french fry world these days, it seems you are immediately a failure if you only offer one kind. Burger Bar realizes that with their offerings of regular, sweet potato, truffle, mushroom, cheddar, blue, fundido, green bean, and zucchini. I went with the sweet potato since it had been awhile since I’d had a good sweet potato fry, and my server brought along some pesto aioli to go with them as per his recommendation. It was a great recommendation and those fries renewed my love for sweet potato fries. Their variety of sauces allow for an occasional alternative from traditional ketchup.
Service was very friendly, though for not being very busy and our burgers ordered medium rare, our food took awhile. They also were conscious to keep our water glasses full, which I always appreciate. Especially since we were dining on the patio, which is very nice on a warm day. So if you’re in a search for your next great burger, head over to Clybourn and North Avenue. And after that trip to the Apple Store, maybe make room for Chef John McLean’s other restaurant next door, Sono Wood Fired.
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