But not FANCY food -- you can keep your Michelin stars. I'm here for the burger and I'm stayin for the beer.
I've been meticulously rating my Chicago burgers using a ridiculously detailed spreadsheet for years now- just your average Type A Nut Job. After the 300th friend asked for a copy, I finally decided to open up the un-scientific analysis to the public. Give the people what they want, ya know?
I can't remember the exact origin of the spreadsheet. I believe it may have been a heated discussion at Maillard Tavern with a boyfriend about whether their burger is better than Au Cheval. Spoiler alert - Au Cheval is awesome, but Maillard 4 ever and he's an ex-boo for a reason. After I started my burger spreadsheet, I tried to track pizza and steakhouses too -- but that was overwhelming, and also, I would quickly go broke eating out that frequently. So I decided to keep focusing on my one true love, the cheeseburger.
If you have a recommendation for me (that isn't Au Cheval) send it my way! I'll shout you out when I visit. Alternatively, if you want to send me a super private 'this is secretly the best burger in Chicago but don't blog about it because I don't want it to get over crowded' -- I will happily accept your submission and will pinky promise to keep it quiet. Don't forget your fry suggestions too!
I've decided to pause doing full reviews and ranking updates until Covid is gone, and until the industry has recovered a bit. It doesn't feel quite right to compare burgers and experiences in this world with the Before Times.
I'll be back soon - and in the meantime, check out my instagram for mini-reviews and a snapshot into what I've been eating since March 2020! You can find that link in navigation.