Epic Burger

Photograph: Martha Williams
Epic Burger
South Loop

By now you may have heard all about how this burger joint sports Slow Food principles (beef and chicken are all natural, hand-cut fries are cooked in trans-fat-free vegetable oil). But how's it all taste? Pretty good. Burgers are hand-formed and cooked to a nice pinky medium. Opt for aged cheddar, bacon and egg toppings, and be sure to add the rustic, skin-on fries. Shakes are decent, but our favorite sipper is the Lemon Squeeze, a blend of fro-yo, strawberries and lemonade.

Venue name: Epic Burger
Address: 517 S State St

Cross street: between Congress Pkwy and Harrison St
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Library; Red to Harrison.
Price: Average burger: $6
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