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Feb 7, 2011 07:59 PM

Burgers on the North Shore?

Looking for a place with a very good burger here on the north shore. We are joining friends for dinner so would like to be able to sit and enjoy a meal. It does not have to be fancy, just delicious. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Pete Miller's, the steakhouse in Evanston, does an excellent burger, and it's a good place to sit and enjoy your meal.

    1. The standard for burgers on the North Shore is Hackney's. It's kind of an institution that's been around for as long as I can remember (and that's a VERY long time). Their website says 1920s.

      If you go, the standard is to order the burger on black bread and with a brick of onion rings. You will almost certainly taste the onion rings for some time after (and your cholesterol will NOT thank you), but it is part of the charm.

      There are several Hackney's locations. These are the ones on the North Shore:

      Hackney's on Harms - rather small and rustic and, I think, with an outdoor patio when it's warm
      1241 Harms Rd., Glenview

      Hackney's on Lake - quite large, but divided up into more intimate rooms
      1514 E. Lake Ave, Glenview

      There are also Hackney's in Palos Park, Lake Zurich, Wheeling and I think in the South Loop, but these are the ones on the North Shore

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      1. re: chicgail

        I'm seconding this! The buffalo burger (animal, not pseudo-chicken wings) is really nice. Harms Road is definitely our favorite. And yes, there is a patio out back.

      2. Prairie Grass on Skokie Blvd. in Northbrook has an excellent, Tallgrass Beef burger. Also surprisingly good is the Tallgrass burger at Firehouse Grill in Evanston, on south Chicago Ave.

        Tallgrass Restaurant
        1006 S State St, Lockport, IL 60441

        1. I have tried some of the offerings here on the North Shore and can definitely state that Abigail's Bistro in Highland Park is definitely worth it. It was ranked by Chicago magazine in the top five for Chicagoland.

          Have also tried the burger at Prairie Grass- also worth the trip.

          If you are seeking more of a fast food environment, then you cannot go wrong with Five Guys (its a chain, but a good burger nevertheless). I know they have a restaurant in Vernon Hills.

          1. If you're ever looking for a great burger - IMHO, the very BEST burger on the North Shore - but if it doesn't have to be for dinner, go to Edzo's in Evanston. Their burgers are the best (I guess I already said that) and they have the best milk shake I've had in the past 25 years. However, they close at 4 pm, so it's not available for your initial query about dinner. (Ed, the owner, created his restaurant with those hours so he could eat dinner at home with his family every night!)