Photos Courtesy of Butcher & the Burger
Ace of The Spade
Chicago’s Best Burger
Butcher & the Burger is not just another burger joint. The creation of long time Chicago chef Allen Sternweiler, Butcher & the Burger draws on his European heritage to create a unique blend of butcher shop and burger counter.
The white washed brick walls and large windows on to the streets of Lincoln Park welcome you in. The interior evokes a feeling of being in an old fashioned butcher shop, with the vintage meat locker taking pride of place, filled with only the freshest and best meats and products for customers to take home. The space is eclectic and old worldly, with an air of Europe right here in Chicago. Shelves line the walls, loaded with spices and ingredients for purchase. Butcher & the Burger also offers a range of classes, from butchering your own carcass, to how to make sausages.
Other distractions aside, the prime reason to visit Butcher & the Burger is the burger. These burgers are on another level.
Burger menus with well thought out options and clever names can be helpful, but there is something exciting about picking and choosing for yourself, particularly when the options are varied and inventive. Butcher & the Burger offers a 5-step process to creating the burger of your heart’s desire. (You can skip step 5, steps 1 through 4 will get you where you need, but sometimes a little extra is also nice.)
You can’t really go wrong with your selection, however we would suggest the Grass-Fed Beef patty, with Umami spice (fresh garlic, ginger, scallion, black sesame seeds, sweet soy glaze), on a Pretzel bun, topped with Bleu Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Bread & Butter Pickles, Dijon Mustard, and Ketchup. This is just a suggestion, the options are endless, so get creative. For the full list of choices, see the menu. Warning, you may start to salivate.
The quality of the ingredients is what sets Butcher & the Burger apart. Burgers have a bad rap for their unhealthy, greasy qualities, but when you are eating something made with the freshness, and attention to quality provided by Butcher & the Burger, you can feel much less guilty about your dining choice.
Butcher & the Burger is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The breakfast menu is based in the same burger patties, sans bun with the addition of eggs, and perhaps a croissant. Or if a sweet start is more your morning ritual, Butcher & the Burger also brings a touch of New Orleans to Chicago with fresh beignets and Cafe du Monde coffee. Your dining experience can be enhanced by bringing your own bottle of wine, which when drunk in the environs with your personally created burger, makes you feel like you are feasting comfortably at home; quite the feat to find such a place.