Having family in town is the perfect excuse for finding a new restaurant! This week took me and my mom to Butcher and The Burger, located at 1021 West Armitage. You would never guess the size from the outside; there are just a few tables and a counter with stools running the length of the restaurant. Large chalkboards hang above the register, displaying the menu. One menu lists specials; the other lists the regular offerings. The menu is BYOB—both “build-your-own burger” and “bring your own beverage”. After some careful perusing, I decided to build my own. I started with the house blend prime beef burger on a whole wheat bun. I topped it with lettuce, mayo, onion, griddled mushrooms, Benton’s bacon, and goat cheese. This was absolutely fantastic. The burger was so gigantic, I easily could have shared it. But selfishly, I’m glad I didn’t! It was too tasty to share. The patty was thick, juicy, and cooked to perfection. I debated about adding bacon, but it was beyond worth it. It was my favorite kind of bacon- thick cut and cooked tender. The goat cheese was sharp and tangy, a perfect compliment to the smoky grilled mushrooms. My mom ordered the Patty Melt: two slices of rye bread, a thin ground beef patty, Swiss cheese, and caramelized onions. We both love a patty melt and this one was the real deal. The patty was cooked thin and crispy, just as it should be. The onions were melt in your mouth tender and the rye bread was marvelous. I can’t wait to come back and try other burgers; this is definitely a new favorite!
Butcher and The Burger is open Sundays through Tuesdays from 11 am to 9 pm; Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 am to 10 pm. Find more information about this charming spot on their website.
RACHEL HOOVLER & DEAN’S TEAM CHICAGO