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best burger within 2 miles of state & lake

biga290 Apr 19, 2009 05:25 PM

any recommendations?

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    gleam RE: biga290 Apr 19, 2009 10:12 PM

    Give the Paramount Room at 415 N Milwaukee a shot.

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      Original Kman RE: biga290 Apr 21, 2009 02:24 PM

      Smith & Wollensky and Keefer's both have great burgers are are just across the river.

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        jmeitus RE: biga290 Apr 23, 2009 01:26 PM

        mortons on wacker place has one of the best in the city...

        1. nsxtasy RE: biga290 Apr 23, 2009 02:23 PM

          As you can tell from the two previous posts, many of our steakhouses are known for good (and relatively reasonably priced) burgers. State and Lake is the center of the biggest concentration of steakhouses in the city, with at least a dozen within a few blocks. Note that some steakhouses offer burgers only at lunchtime and/or only in the bar. To check menus, you can find links to the websites of all the major steakhouses in the steakhouse discussion at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/359377

          Some of the other places known for good burgers are Boston Blackie's ( www.bostonblackies.com ), whose location on East Grand is a bit closer to State/Lake than the one in the financial district, and Park Grill ( www.parkgrillchicago.com ), which is at the entrance to Millennium Park at the east end of the Loop.

          Here is a link to a discussion on our best burgers, many of which are within that geographic area: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/382781

          You can also read the story that the Tribune did a couple years ago about the best burgers in town, at http://chicago.metromix.com/restauran...

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            renerich RE: biga290 Apr 23, 2009 03:12 PM

            Epic Burger! No doubt about it. All they do is burgers, chicken or beef. Cant beat the deal or the taste. Build your own by pickng the meat, bun and toppings. http://www.epicburger.com AND it is not a chain like most of the places mentioned.

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              jbw RE: renerich Apr 24, 2009 07:43 AM

              Just don't expect to get your burger rare or medium rare at Epic. Good ffs, tho.

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                rubinow RE: jbw Apr 24, 2009 08:03 AM

                Epic does a smash technique. Places like Five Guys does it like that, too. I guess it doesn't lend itself to rare or medium rare. That said, Epic is really good at what it does.


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                  delk RE: rubinow Apr 25, 2009 09:03 AM

                  I'd go to SRO way before I'd ever go back to Epic. "Smash Technique" = overcooked.
                  Try marc burger on Macy/Fields 7th floor instead.

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              ms. chow RE: biga290 Apr 24, 2009 08:01 AM

              David Burke's 40-day dry aged burger was featured on the Trib yesterday. Has anyone had it before?

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                nsxtasy RE: ms. chow Apr 24, 2009 09:52 AM

                I haven't had it; hopefully, others have, and can report. In the meantime, here is additional information that may be useful to burger aficionados.

                Yesterday's Tribune article by Kevin Pang rated the burger at Burke's as well as at Capital Grille; you can find it on the Tribune's Metromix entertainment website at:


                It appears to be part of an ongoing cheeseburger rating series, for which video versions of the reviews can be viewed on the CLTV cable network and are also being posted at:


                The Metromix site also is featuring burger reviews under the "Burger Time" heading by a columnist writing under the name, "the Great Burgerelli". This week, Goose Island is reviewed, and the web page also has links to other burger reviews in the series, at:


                I guess the newfound emphasis on burgers is a sign of these recessionary times.

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                bricap RE: biga290 Apr 28, 2009 04:23 PM

                One burger I like in the Loop is Poag Mahone's in the Insurance Exchange building ( at Wells and Jackson, just west of the Board of Trade building). The fries could use a lot of improvement, though. On Monday afternoons/evenings they are only $2.50. You don't get arrested after you leave, don't worry.

                Another one I tried and liked recently is at the Gage (owned by the same people who own the Grafton in Lincoln Square), which is across the street from Millennium Park. These fries are much better. The markups on the wine list are absolutely ridiculous, though.

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                  Eldon Kreider RE: bricap Apr 28, 2009 07:01 PM

                  Billy Lawless was one of the founding partners of the Grafton but sold his interest before starting the Gage, probably to help finance the later venture.

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