Where to begin with Buzz Burgers, Barrels and Beer? For starters, there are no barrels or beer—it's BYOB, so pick up a six-pack on your way, because you're going to need it. The room lacks ambiance and feels like a coffee shop, with paintings by local artists. The burgers capitalize on the ramen burger and doughnut burger trends. The former, sandwiched between fried ramen noodles, holds its shape but lacks flavor. The doughnut burger is worse—it's placed between two glazed Dunkin' Donuts (seriously), and includes bacon and strawberries. Throw in an overworked server and there's a reason there hasn't been any buzz about this place.
Buzz Burgers, Barrels and Beer
Ramen burger at Buzz Burger.
Lamb burger at Buzz Burger.
Foie gras burger at Buzz Burger.
|Venue name:||Buzz Burgers, Barrels and Beer|
1935 W. Irving Park
|Transport:||El stop: Brown to Irving Park. Bus: 11, 50.|
Wife and I went on Saturday night. Place was busy but we were seated very quickly. We had read the previous reviews about the place being BYOB, but they recently received their liquor license so our server mentioned that there would be a $5 corkage fee added to our bill which was more than fair. They did seem to have a nice selection of local microbrews (Revolution, Finch's, Goose).
My wife ordered the Stroganoff burger and I had the Alamo. Both burgers were great. The Poutine fries were also tasty.
The only con I should mention is how smoky the place was from time to time from the kitchen. Maybe the ventilation was having trouble keeping up with how busy the place was, but we were seated right next to the kitchen so it was sorta understandable. We'll definitely go back.