Monday, June 10, 2013

Five More Burgers (Part 3)

-Got beef?
The Burgers of Chi

We didnt get a chance to celebrate National Hamburger Month last May due to a different theme. So this means is it's time for another "5 More..." We understand if you're sick of burgers and lists for them but its what we've ate from the get go here. I like them and one of the reasons is you can be almost anywhere and find a place thats been doing them the right way for a long time. If S'C'&C isnt a great resource for burgers from around this region I'll be damned. I'll just continue to eat more and wont stop because people are sick of it. So without further ado I give you five more burgers served in Chicago I give my blessing too.
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Flub a Dub Chub's

Popular Hot Dog Stand on Broadway in Lakeview

Just like another popular spot in the area, Flub a Dub Chub's is a hot dog stand that puts out a really good burger. Located in a space formerly occupied by a cleaners this is a newly aged classic Chicago style fast food stand. From good friendly people who run it down to the classic food you find in these establishments. The Roe Burger will make you happier than the folks that live up around this way. It's a big happy hamburger. A 1/3 pound of fresh beef is char grilled and topped with melted cheddar along with thick cut bacon and sliced avocado. Normally I dont really like pretzel buns but this one holds all that goodness together.

The Roe Burger
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Big Jones

Up in Andersonville there's a handful of spots that dont get the praise and press of trendier River North establishments but people are still finding their way there because theres no one single authority on food anymore. Big Jones is a really good place for a date or if you dont have one, a great spot to drown your sorrows in some whiskey and spend some time with this baby below. Their pimiento cheese burger from the dinner portion of the menu is one of my favorites in the city. You dont find many places doing a take on this southern specialty. Made with house chow chow and pimento cheese, both southern staples, it comes with two juicy patties and grilled onions too. Add a side of their fried sides and I'm good to go.

Pimiento Cheeseburger
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Tavish

Cute little Corner Bar in Lincoln Park

Tavish in Lincoln Park has been around for a while now. There was a time when I used to frequent the building it sits in for the purchase of fireworks, baseball cards, cap guns, candy cigarettes and other fun stuff. The Tavish burgers here were named one of the cities best by the Tribune over a decade ago and they're still really good. Mini burgers come cooked to desired doneness with a pickle on top and their house cut chips. Nothing fancy but something that definitely kicks the itch for a cheeseburger when it hits.

 Tavish Burgers
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Cortland's Garage

Locals favorite in Bucktown

There's tons of best burger lists out there. A place you're likely to see on many Chicago ones is Cortland's Garage. I know I read about it from one of them out there. For whatever reason it took me a couple years to try one. I shouldn't have waited. Their signature offering with avocado, bacon and onion strings with fresh cut fries is one of the best bar burgers in the city and worthy of being included in whatever list it was I read.

Cortland Street Burger
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The Anthem

A little example of social media marketing at work here. I was watching the 1st round set of games of the NCAA basketball Tourney this past March when someone re-tweeted a tweet from The Anthem in Ukrainian Village. It mentioned that they had all the games on their TV's and their Juicy Lucy was 1/2 off on Thursdays. So I went over to watch a half of games and have one. 

Juicy Lucy at the Anthem

The Juicy Lucy FYI is a specialty burger from the Twin Cities. It's stuffed with cheese which oozes out when eating one. Anthem is an updated retro sports bar so there's plenty of TV's and beer options available if that what you're looking for. I was able to take a seat amongst the Broseph's for a beer and order a burger. Not bad. I think it was $10 regularly priced so having paid just $5 for it with the fries this was a good deal. I thought it was a pretty good representation of this style. As far as bar specials go, this was a good one.

The Insides
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Flub a Dub Chubs
3021 N Broadway 
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-6500

Big Jones
5347 N Clark St 
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 275-5725

Tavish
1335 W Wrightwood Ave 
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 529-8888

Cortland's Garage
1645 W Cortland St 
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 862-7877

The Anthem
1725 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-4804

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