Nothing beats a great burger. NOTHING! When it comes to the American diner classic, here are three places that you can't beef with. These are our family's picks for Chicago's best kid-friendly burgers.
Top Chef Champion, Stephanie Izzard, scores big with this modern take on the retro diner. Little Goat delights with its classic American comfort food, all served with unique twists (the Patty Melt is served with caramelized onions on an artisanal pretzel rye bun).
Slide up to a communal table, booth, or directly at the diner style lunch counter, and take your pick from a variety of unique burgers, including a Horseshoe Burger topped with chili and cheese sauce accompanied by smoked fries. You also have your choice of three patty styles: Slagel Beef, veggie, and even Kilgus Goat.
The restaurant is extremely kid-friendly. You're sure to find a few babies and toddlers in the mix of regulars. And while our family adores the burgers here, we also have a very strong appreciation for the brunch menu and crave the Fat Elvis Waffles most Sundays after church.
To celebrate his 12th birthday, my son chose to go to Hot Chocolate for the bacon and cheese burger. This Heartland Beef patty is topped with organic bacon, Carr 4-year aged cheddar cheese, and served on a garlic-toasted sesame seed bun. This is a burger that both adult gourmands and tweens will relish. The delicious milkshakes, both classic (malted milk chocolate, mint chip) and exotic (stout and caramel) make for the perfect burger accompaniment.
With locations all around the city, Epic Burger is a local chain that's doing burgers the right way. We like the Gold Coast location, at 40 East Pearson, which makes for a great pit stop after an afternoon of Mag Mile shopping. With ingredients are that are both eco-conscious (hormones, antibiotics, nitrates and preservatives are banned from the epic patties) and tasty.
These burger joints are a far cry from their fast food counterparts. Liven up your burger with an organic fried egg, Wisconsin cheddar cheese, or all-natural bacon. And don't forget that side of fresh cut fries. It's also worth it to pop in solely for one of the premium handmade milkshakes, made with organic milk. Prices are also on target here, with standard burgers starting at $4.99 and a side of fries at $1.99.
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