Burger Bar - South Loop

Restaurants, Hamburgers Loop
3 out of 5 stars
(1user review)

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Voted Metromix's best new burger in 2011, burgers are definitely the name of the game at Burger Bar Chicago. From our classic Bar Cheese Burgers to our original stackers - like the Wild Bill (a bison burger topped with arugula, goat cheese and our homemade tomato chutney all in between a delicious pretzel bun) and our Belly Up (1/2 lb. patty topped with cider-braised pork belly, roasted onion-garlic aioli and apple slaw) - as well as alternatives like an unbelievable Veggie Burger with goat cheese and avocado or the Turkey BLT with cranberry chutney, we guarantee you will leave full and smiling. Of course, the beer list will blow your mind too. With 16 ever changing selections on draft and 60+ more in bottles, come enjoy one of the best microbrew selections in Chicago.

And after your meal? How about a delicious shake like our Chocolate 3-way or our Banana Nutella, which taste even better than how they sound. Hope to see you soon.


Venue name: Burger Bar - South Loop
Address: 1150 S Michigan Ave
Price: $30 and under
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I'm not sure what went wrong here, but for all I've heard and as excited as I was to try Burger Bar, I left feeling really disappointed. First, I got to the restaurant around 10pm. My friends and I were starving and although the restaurant wasn't very busy, the hostess told us there was a 20 minute wait. So we waited while table after table opened up. We asked the hostess if we could just be seated at a table we didn't mind waiting, since the windows near the door were open and it was cool out. We were told that they were understaffed so she isn't able to seat those tables.

Rule #1, don't tell the guest you are understaffed. Then about 2 seconds after that a table walked right in and was seated, obviously they knew the hostess. Rule #2, if you are going to serve your friends as VIPs at least be slick about it.

So we were seated and our server was very nice and took our drink orders, bringing them out quickly. We put in an order for fried pickles and the chorizo chips. The housemade chips themselves were delicious. My friends found the chorizo on top weird. I liked the flavors, but it was rather difficult to eat and the oil from the chorizo became a pool for the chips, causing them to be rather soggy.

We then ordered our burgers. I had the one with pulled pork and Andouille. It was good, but it definitely didn't knock my socks off like I had been told it would. I will say though that their fries were pretty spectacular.

Another strange side note was that right after we placed our order for dinner, our server informed us that the kitchen would be closing in 10 minutes (it was 10:30 on a Saturday night) and did we want to order anything else. Since we came in with the mindset of getting boozy milkshakes, we assumed those came from the bar, not the kitchen. Long story short, we were wrong....now we know.