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Best burger in the south suburbs?

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A good hamburger or cheeseburger is a wonderful thing, whether served as a "downscale" offering on the lower end of a swanky steakhouse menu, or offered up by some hole in the wall local haunt, or even served out of a hot-dog stand (Willie's Weenie Wagon in Markham comes to mind).

Wherever one may find it, I'm looking for the best of the south 'burbs. Where's YOUR favorite burger to be found, and if there are multiple options available at your favorite place, what's the combination that you would suggest for maximum south suburban burger bliss?

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  1. CANT GO WRONG WITH SCHOOP'S
    [MANY LOCATIONS] AND BLUE TOP DRIVE IN IN HIGHLAND INDIANA. 1964 DRIVE IN WITH CAR HOPS AND MY FAVORITE HOMEMADE ROOTBEER

    1. There are some classic burger joints in the southern burbs and NW Indiana, including Schoop's, Johnsen's Blue Top, and also Miner-Dunn on Indianapolis Blvd. in Highland.

      1. Three Floyds does a great burger. Their food isn't that great otherwise. They have amazing beer too. Its a pretty lame bar though, its all boring people.

        1. I'm finding the low response distressing. Have the McArbyHardyRallyWendyKing's Burger Borg so thoroughly conquered the area that there's so few alternatives for a real burger (not a "Borg"er) left in the south 'burbs that anybody deems Chow-worthy?

          Bun and Run - it's not food, it's just FUN! (a faux fast-food slogan from a comedy routine, TV show, or film I saw long ago)

          1. Another couple of good ones are Wonderburger, in Mt. Greenwood. There's Duke's in Bridgeview, which I have never been to but have heard all about it. And then, finally, Top Notch burgers in Oak Lawn on 95th in Cicero.

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            1. re: wiz561

              I second Top Notch in Oak Lawn!

            2. There's two I can think of that haven't been mentioned. Hackney's in Palos on La Grange and Mc Carthy serves up a very good burger in an Irish pub setting. For a fast food offering, Pops on 127th and Harlem does a good job.

              1. Cuzin's Bar in Tinley Park has great "Cuzin's Burgers"