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Butcher & the Burger

Restaurants, Hamburgers Lincoln Park
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsButcher and the Burger
 (Photo: Martha Williams)
Photo: Martha WilliamsButcher and Burger
 (Photo: Martha Williams)
Photo: Martha WilliamsButcher and Burger
 (Photo: Martha Williams)
Photo: Martha WilliamsBurger at Butcher and Burger

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

It’s like Allen Sternweiler and Josh Woodward created an algorithm for trendy restaurants and—shalom!—Butcher & the Burger, the most fashionable restaurant baby imaginable, was born. Trendwise, it’s got it all: the burgers, the inexplicable obsession with butchers and the nostalgia for a time nobody eating in the restaurant ever lived in. But none of this annoyed me. In fact, I found it charming. But this was only because my “house-blend beef” burger on a “split top egg butter” bun rubbed with “Grandma’s onion soup” spice rub and topped with griddled onions, pickle chips, bacon, blue cheese and a fried egg was pretty much perfect.

My “La Pryor Farm Pork” burger on that same bun flavored with the “curry-coconut” rub and topped with griddled mushrooms and mayonaise didn’t fare as well. But whose fault was that? As a DIY restaurant, Butcher & the Burger only can make the elements of its burgers the best it can—the rest is up to me, and you, and if you put together the same pork burger I did, you probably will be disappointed.

So do as I say, not as I did. Stick with the beef patties, or the vegan option, a nutty and satisfying lentil patty. Steer clear of the Greek rub (it rendered an otherwise well-cooked salmon patty too salty to eat), but feel free to go with any of the buns—they all do the trick. Toppings? Maybe limit them to three. Salads? Yes, but they’re premade in plastic containers and stored in a cooler—not cute. Frozen custard is a go (and it seems to get better every day—on my first visit the texture wasn’t nearly as silky as on my second). Finally, the butcher shop, the component of this restaurant that makes it so damn hipster? It’s not open yet. Honestly, I can’t imagine how this place could get even better when it does.

By: David Tamarkin



Address: 1021 W Armitage Ave
Cross street: between Sheffield and Kenmore Ave
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Armitage. Bus: 8, 73.
Price: Average main course: $10
Opening hours: Mon, Tues 11am-9pm; Wed-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 10am-9pm
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4 out of 5 stars

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Any burger you get here will delicious. This is a fun, casual place to eat and I love that their burger is served on a cutting board!


From the burger to the flatware (cutting board,) you can expect a good meal.

The most exciting thing about Butcher and The Burger is the diverse selection of patties that can satisfy the desires of a regular Joe, vegetarian, and health conscious eaters. They have a standard beef patty, as well as a turkey, and veggie, but what really breaks the mold are the more health conscious patties that truly entice. Aside from the standards, they have both wild shrimp and sustainably farmed salmon patties that are house made, as well as organic bison, and grass fed beef. 

Along with a plethora of toppings to choose from, you get one type of cheese for free! (I love cheese, so anytime I don't have to pay extra for a slice, it makes me happy) I had a grass fed burger with goat cheese on a pretzel bun which tasted pretty good. I couldn't really tell that there was goat cheese on it because it melted, so I would recommend another cheese. The patty was overcooked, but still tasted good. I would definitely go back and try other types of patties.