Restaurant Review – Red Hot Ranch

Sometimes, you just have to have a burger and fries. And when you’re on the hunt for Chicago’s best burger, you have them a little more often! This week took me to Red Hot Ranch, a Chicago favorite with two locations- one in Lakeview and one in Wicker Park. From the outside, it appears to be just another Chicago hot dog joint. Let’s be fair, it appears that way from the inside too. It looks like any other fast food restaurant, with a large number of tables and an old fashioned menu. The menu is simple; you can almost count the number of available items on two hands. I knew I had to order The Red Hot Ranch Burger. I decided on the double cheeseburger (with fries it’s just $5.25!). The burger comes with special sauce, lettuce, tomato, and onion. With one bite, this burger jumped to the top of my list. The thin griddled burger patties were cooked to crispy, juicy perfection. The veggies were fresh and crisp, which I always appreciate. The cheese was gooey, melty, and delicious, combining with the other toppings to make a glorious, messy delight. The burger is simple, but that’s what makes it work! The flavors of each ingredient have room to shine, making for a truly awesome burger. And you can’t beat the price! The fries were very tasty as well. They’re fresh cut, blanched, double fried, and there’s a huge portion. My only regret is that I was too full to order a milkshake! But don’t worry, I’ll be back!

Red Hot Ranch has two locations: one in Lakeview, one in Wicker Park. The Lakeview location is at 3057 N Ashland Ave. The Wicker Park location is at 2072 N Western Ave. Hours for both locations are Mondays through Thursdays from 10:30 am to 4 am, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 am to 5 am, and Sundays from 10:30 am to 4 am.