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So...I'm a fan of places like The Burger Baron on Grand and I'm wondering where the great blue collar burgers of Chicago are found. I'm not talkin' boomer foo foo burgers with chipotle catsup reduction. I'm talkin' burgers. Help?

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  1. Burgers as class affiliation? Only in Chicago. :)

    1. Moody's Pub on Broadway has great burgers and a nice roomm to eat in.

      1. The Weiner Circle on Clark and Wrightwood. A famous chow-hut. Char-Cheddar burger with fries. Try it and lemme know.

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        1. re: A.S.K.

          Oh, you had to say "Char-cheddar"!

          I am so dying for one now!

          I used to a be a fan of Buffalo Joes char-cheddar burger but in the last 5 years it has gone from char to limp, which is remarkable considering how much they overcook the poor thing.

          1. re: Octarine

            sorry! you gotta pronounce it correctly though...it gives you that mental stimulation then when you think about it. mmmmmmmmmmmm - chaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrr-cheddar burger...sssssooooooooooooooooooooo tasty........mmmmmmm- good cheese melted all over it to take your taste buds for a ride they'll never forget.

            char-cheddar burger

        2. And also, apparently, Twisted Spoke. (Haven't been there myself, but see thread below.)

          1. For a real blue-collar burger go to Bridgeport, specifically to Kevin’s Hamburger Heaven. This classic 24 hour grill/diner makes one of the better under-$3 hamburgers I’ve had. There have been a few posts on KHH but I think G Wiv’s photo of a 4 AM burger pretty much says it all.

            If Kevin’s is too upscale, may I suggest Haven’s in Woodlawn? They advertise “old fashioned hamburgers” that I found quite tasty. While waiting for my burger ($2, with fries) a regular customer highly recommended their not-on-the-menu chili cheeseburger, something I have every intention of trying.

            Kevin’s Hamburger Heaven
            554 W Pershing Rd
            24 hours

            Haven’s Banquet and Restaurant
            6636 S Cottage Grove Av
            Take out only

            Image: http://www.sptsb.com/Kevins2.jpg

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            1. re: Rene G


              Kevin's serves a great burger and that picture makes me want to jump in the car for one right at this moment. Speaking of good burgers, here's a picture of another good solid Chicago burger, Top Notch Beefburger.

              I was there last year with The Mayor of Chowhound, Vital Information, The CQ and their Chowhounditas. The burger in question is The CQ's, a very nicely set-up burger.


              Top Notch Beefburger
              2116 W 95th
              Chicago, IL

              Image: http://www.sptsb.com/Topnotch%20Burge...

              1. re: G Wiv

                Yum. Given all of the great one-off burger places around here, its hard to believe that Chicago is supposedly such a poor burger town. By the way, I recently stopped at Redamak's in New Buffalo for the first time. I know it's a kind of a tourist trap, but hey that's a damn tasty burger. Also, the fried clams were (strangely) of impressively high quality.

                1. re: JeffB


                  Maybe 12-15 years ago there was a Redamak's on N Lincoln, a few blocks North of Belmont. Didn't last long, but from what I remember it was a very respectable burger.

                  Next time I am in New Buffalo I will be sure to stop for a Redamak's burger and fried clams.


                  1. re: G Wiv

                    Yes, that's correct there was a Redamak's outpost in Chicago. The original in New Buffalo is practically a national landmark. In my opinion it is the best burger I've ever had. I prefer the double cheese olive burger. I once drove from New York straight to Redamak's. I thought about it the entire drive. This year I was in Chicago for a business trip and had to take the drive just to have a burger. I highly recommend it.

                    1. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

                      I hate to burst the bubble, but I think Redamak's in in decline. I go there every summer with my family on the way out of town after vacation and the burgers have gotten greasier and greasier over the years. This summer I had major stomach issues (nufff said) afterwards and the burger was only ok. I probably won't go back (tear).

                      1. re: LaurenSpiceStack

                        You haven't burst my bubble. It's still my favorite. Still worth the drive from New York in my opinion.

                    2. re: G Wiv

                      Actually, the Redamak's in Chicago was on North Lincoln between Webster and Fullerton. I'm not sure how long Redamaks was there. I just remember eating there once, loving it, and going back a next time to find it was gone. I ate at the Redamak's in New Buffalo this evening. It is a good burger. And, at the same time, there are a number of good burger places. My ultimate favorite is Schoops. There used to be a Schoops in Chicago as well. It was only there for about three our four years. It's now a Blockbuster (though that may have closed too).

              2. I second the Moody's vote. Yum! Low on atmosphere though. Try the Moody Blue Burger--it won't disappoint.

                1. z

                  Thank you one-&-all! Lots of tasty places to try. You guys rock

                  1. a rarity midst the working week, i was able to partake of a ten minute lunch today and walked a few blocks to peppers sandwich shop, perhaps one of the diviest of dives in downtown chicago, and had a truly remarkable cheeseburger.

                    it was heavily charred all about, particularly along the edges, but was quite juicy nevertheless. the ½-inch burgers come with heavily-salted, out-of-the-freezer shoestring fries, but even the fries are heightened in quality in that they are freshly fried upon ordering. a substantial double with cheese and fries, including tax and approximately 18 heinz ketchup packets, is $4.25.

                    a word of warning to particular burger eaters--“everything” on a pepper’s burger includes iceberg lettuce, fresh onions, good tomato slices, ketchup, mustard, a handful of crunchy dill pickle slices and some particularly pungent sport peppers. if you have a moment to eat in, you can sit along the window counter or next door at cal’s bar (in which case your sandwich will ceremoniously appear through the hole cut between peppers and cal’s).

                    211 West Van Buren Street
                    Chicago, IL 60607

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                    1. re: ene

                      When it's good, it's very good, I agree.

                      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                    2. I respectfully disagree about Moody's -- I enjoy going there in the summer because of the courtyard and the cheap pitchers of beer, but the burgers are average. Not bad, but not the greatest. I'd rather go to weiner circle anytime. I'd also rather go to Edgewater Grill and Silver Cloud. Both are basic burgers without any fuss, but they are cooked properly, juicy, and not dripping in grease.

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                      1. re: what I want

                        I recently took Moody's off my top list 5 restaurants. I still love the beer-garden and the pitchers of sangria and you really can't beat those two things on a summers evening. But the burgers and fries have become more and more average at best. If you only have 6 things on your menu, then they all need to be good. It sucks too because I've been going there for over 25 years.

                        I love T's burgers. Juicy and big. On Winnemac and Clark in Andersonville. And the Rockwell's burgers are top notch too. Always cooked to order. Rockwell and Eastwood in Lincoln Square

                      2. I had a fantastic burger at "Northside" cafe in Wicker Park area. I just ordered it with cheddar and it was out of this world.