Friday, July 20, 2012
Where Burgers are The Boss
The only problem: We were all starving. Sim hadn't had lunch and I'd only had cucumber soup to chase down a light beat/goat cheese salad. And the kids, well, they're growing.
So we got our bearings and started throwing out options...finally settling on a new (to us) place I'd been wanting to try: Burger Boss just beyond Oak Park on North Avenue right down the street from the iconic Johnnie's in Elmwood Park.
Great choice for us. And I expect it would be for you too.
I have some Five Guys snobs in my family. There have been weeks when my son has asked to eat there every day. Every day. We didn't oblige. But still.
Even so, it was unanimous that the burgers and the fries at Burger Boss beat Five Guys, hands down. The burgers and sauces were delicious. Though you can have your 100% Angus beef burger made to order, we opted for the Bleu Boss (me) the Firecracker (Sim), the monthly special. The sauces were flavorful without overpowering the sandwiches. But I think what I enjoyed most was the fresh toasted, but light and still soft brioche bun. Nothing ruins a burger for me more than too much bread. Oh, and the fries. They were perfect. Fresh cut shoestring Idaho and sweet potatoes.
Delighted, my daughter immediately strung them up as a garnish on her burger...her kid-meal burger (with drink and fries for $5.25).
Though Burger Boss is close to home, I wasn't aware of it until Phil Vettel's recommendation earlier this month here in the Chicago Tribune.
Besides the food, we were impressed with the customer service, atmosphere inside and out, and the prices.
It's also worth noting that the owners, who also operate Oak Park's popular Cucina Paradiso, have a commitment to locally produced and sourced foods. Their cups are biodegradable corn. Even the interior was built with recycled materials. All things that will easily bring our family back through the door, again and again.
Update: My son wanted me to be sure to mention that he would still go back to Five Guys for the Coke Freestyle machine. I probably would too...until I can get peach Sprite somewhere else.
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