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Shake Shack in Chicago

Shake Shack in River North has been on my radar for ages, I really meant to come here on my last visit back to Chicago, but somehow I was distracted and didn’t make it. This time though it was to be my first meal off the plane, and as it was pretty close to my bed for the week at Hotel Felix, I was able to tick it off the list pretty quickly (within 30 mins after dropping my bags at reception to be exact).

This particular Shake Shack joint at Ohio & Rush opened in November 2014, and is one of two locations in the city area of Chicago, the second Shake Shack to open is on Michigan Avenue on the ground floor of the renovated historic Chicago Athletic Association Hotel at 12 S. Michigan just across from Millennium Park. That will have to wait for my next visit. I cant overdo these things.

SmokeShack on the Menu

 

smokeshack

Even before I walked in the door I knew that there was only one thing I wanted, and that was a bacon cheeseburger, so that meant that there was just one thing on the menu for me; the ‘SmokeShack’. This was described as a “Cheeseburger topped with all-natural applewood smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper and ShackSauce” . I didn’t know what the cherry pepper was going to bring to the bun, and as I had never been to ShackShack before so didn’t know what their sauce was like. I did know that I like cheese, and I love smoked bacon, so I kind of figured I had made a sound choice.

SmokeShack Burger at Shake Shack with Cheese Fries

Shack Shack Burgers

I was really happy to be sitting in Shake Shack in River North finally dining on Danny Meyer’s concept burger. The burger was really good, a well made and well seasoned patty inside a nice soft fluffy bun, a potato bun I would have said. I loved the crispy smoked bacon, and the tangy melted cheese that combined with the spiciness of the cherry pepper. It was all making my mouth drool and my taste buds tingle at the same time. I was ‘loving’ it. There is something else though in this bun that really makes this a great burger and a little unique, and that is the sauce. I am not sure what is in the sauce, but it seems to be that it is something along the lines of mayo, mustard, ketchup and some element of pickle. Whatever it is, I liked it and would not mind having a jar or squeezy bottle filled with it at home

I had also ordered myself a portion of the ‘cheese fries’ which turned out to be a stack of crinkle cut fries topped with “our special blend of cheddar and American Cheese sauce”. They are kind of great as you start to work your way through them, but after a while I found them to be a bit too rich and I struggled to eat them all. That could have been the impending jet lag though and the fact that my body clock thought it was 4am.

All in all it was a pretty good introduction to the world of Shake Shack burger and one that I would be keen to try again. ‘If only there were not so many other meals and burgers to try out?’ As I mentioned at the top there is another location in Chicago to try over on Michigan Avenue, and now I find out that there is also another location, a third location in the Chicago area which is located at Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie. Perhaps I will head over there on my next trip home, that will be a good excuse to ride the Skokie Swift, the yellow line on the El.

To add to that in the ShakeShack world, next time I am in NYC I will try another one from the home of the original in Madison Square Park.

I have no idea why I did not in the three years I was living just outside that city? My bad (as they say, these days)

This particular Shake Shack is located at 66 E. Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60611

You can check them out on Facebook and on Twitter

Shake Shack Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Did I mention that they also have Beer?

Shack Meister AleMy Shakemeister Ale

The ‘Shackmeister Ale’ is apparently brewed ‘exclusively’ for ShakeShack by Brooklyn Brewery. Well I wanted a beer, So I thought ‘when in Rome’ and ordered a pint or rather a 16oz on draught as they call it in this part of the world. They say on their website that “We brew Shackmeister Ale as a hearty pale ale with plenty of malts to match the rich, griddled beef in every Shackburger. A bright burst of hops unifies the finish and invites the drinker to take another bite and accompanying sip” #Awesome and true

Edzo's in Evanston

Somewhat unbeliveably this is only my second ever trip to Edzo’s Burger Shop. Or rather I should say it is the second time I have managed to get in to eat. There is only a small window of opportunity to get your hands on one of their most excellently freshly ground burgers. To be precise 10.30 am to 4.00pm (Tues-Sun). I think I have missed out by either travelling all the way up to Evanston on Monday, getting there late, or on a holiday. About a 1 in 4 success rate so far; ‘Sack the researcher’ (damn that’s me). Arriving off the Purple Line El train at the Davis St station, exit and walk south to Davis then head down towards the shore about 5 minutes and you will see the big yellow and orange frontage of Edzo’s across the road 0n Sherman Ave. This time of year head for the Christmas tree and you will not be far off.

Burger Options

Last time I came in here I had one of the basic ‘House’ burgers which they grind every morning. This time I was going to step it up a little and take advantage of their beef upgrades. I am a big fan of the meat from the Q7 ranch, so I chose to have one of those. I opted for a single 4 oz griddled burger “with everything” except the evil pickle. So that was basically ketchup, mustard, and onion. I made it into a cheeseburger by adding some cheddar.

Edzos Cheeseburger

What could be better that one of Edzo’s Cheeseburgers?

Two Edzos cheeseburgers

Well clearly that would be Two Edzo’s Cheeseburgers and maybe a side of fries.

No dont think I was being exceptionlly gluttinous. No only one of these was mine, and I was splitting the fries. From my last visit the thing I remembered the most apart from the yummy, juicy and really meaty cheesy burgers, was the meat juice and fat dribbling down my wrists and onto my chin with each bite. This time because I had upgraded to Q7 I did not get as much dribbling, but I got way more flavour and was most definately not disapointed. I really love going back to somewhere and finding that the good memory of the last visit gets even better. Without being too fussy and pretentious a sandwich, it is fair to say that the Edzo burger is right up there at the top of the list.

Edzo's Artwork

How can I sum Edzo’s up?

Well it is always packed, the burgers are juicy, and finally the fries are so good you really don’t need to dip them into anything.

Edzo's Burger Shop on Urbanspoon

I have to be honest I was really confused when I got over to the Wiener’s Circle. I thought that it was one of Chicago’s famous hot dog joints, but as you can see the sign outside proclaims that it is the “Home of the Char-Broiled Cheddarburger”

So what to do? I came here to eat a hot dog but the Char Broiled Cheeseburger is a self acclaimed speciality of the joint so I guess that is what I should be trying? Well that was what I did try. The guy in front of me was having both, perhaps I should have been splitting one of each with him, but I wasn’t sure that he was the kind of guy to be asking, having said that I did opt to take his lead on my toppings, cheese, mustard, and ketchup, good call.

So I was waiting watching the guys cook my burger on the charcoal grill, flames flashing as the fat dripped out onto the coals. Then I was pleasantly surprised when they checked how I wanted it cooking. Excellent that is the true test of a good place, even if they mess it up after that, at least they know what to do, good work guys!

It was really just about right, I know it is basic fare, but it is basic fare done really well. It is criminal that there is a McDonalds over the road. If it was me I would be in there dragging the fat kids over the road to get fatter on something worth being fat for.

After all that I still need to come back here to eat a hot dog, especially since they have some excellent signs to drool over.

Wiener’s circle is located at 2622 North Clark Street, check them out at this website for some interesting video clips http://www.wienercircle.net/about/

The Wiener's Circle on Urbanspoon

 

Walking along beneath the Brown Line track between Merchandise Mart and the Chicago stop I came across a sign for the “Burger Joint” pointing me down into a basement resturant. So I felt it would be rude not to take up that invitation so I headed down the steps to see what sort of burgers this place had on offer.

Once inside the first thing that struck me was the wall decorations which were covered with photographs of the El Train from ceiling to floor. That was my kind of wall paper and a perfect combination for me, Elevated train and food combined. But the main question on my mind was could the food match the decor?

 

For some reason even though I was eating in they wrapped everything up into paper bag, they only use I could find for the bag was to take a photograph of it and since that contains all their contact details I suppose it did have some use. But what about the food you ask, do you sense that I am delaying the story? Given the decor I so wanted it to be the best burger I had eaten or at least really high up on the list. It was OK, nothing was really wrong but I think I would have enjoyed it more if the place was busier, by which I mean that I was the only person in there, my fries were cool and a bit dry . Wrapping the burger up had made it looks a mess, the burger patty was a bit squashed and I was not sure about the contrast of cold salad on the hot burger, it seemed to cool my meat down too quickly. It tasted OK though and there was nothing fundamentally wrong with it. There is a poster at the door of an award for a late night eating place. I can see that, it is probably pretty decent late in the evening. but for a Sunday afternoon maybe not the best of choices to visit. Rule 1 was always go where the crowds are.

Located at 675 N Franklin St, alongside the el track as it weaves its way out of town towards the Chicago Brown Line CTA El station.

 website: http://burgerjointchicago.com/