Welcome to Roadfood! We've got a lot of common ground (Round?) between us, both in your native Minnesota and here in your adoptive home. I used to make frequent business trips up to the Twin Cities. Over the years we made a point of trying The Holy Trinity of Jucy Lucys, Matt's Bar, 5-8 Club, and The Nook. Our favorite for the Burger itself was 5-8 Club. The unique ambiance at The Nook made it a close second, with Matt's bringing up the rear. Not a bad Burger, mind you, we just like the other two better.
We also found a great Burger at Lion's Tap over in Shakopee. We met fellow Roadfooders Davydd and his wife Nancy there several years ago and enjoyed this magnificence on a bun:
Possibly the only Burger in history to ever look as good as the menu picture. Trouble is, Lion's Tap's menu is a plain printed piece of paper, so my hyperbole doesn't entirely hold up. Still, a damn good hunk of ground beef!
It's been years since I've been to a Hackney's, but it's about time for a return visit. Specifically, the location on Harms Road
in Glenview would make a nice outing for The Contingent
(in case you're unaware, we're a group of Chicago and Milwaukee Roadfooders who get together several times a year to share Roadfood finds in and around both cities. Consider this a cordial invitation to join the group if you please. Keep your eyes peeled on the Eat & Greet Forum for future get togethers).
We rarely got to The Choo-Choo when my kids were little, but my now adult daughter and I made a nostalgic return trip a few years ago. I wrote a nice review in the forums which seems to have disappeared (wake up Fexy folks, you're alienating a lot of longtime, supportive posters here). Besides The Choo-Choo, Des Plaines has become a Burger destination. There's of course Paradise Pup which has garnered praise as one of the best Burgers in the entire Chicago area. And now we have American WildBurger serving up their own top notch grass fed beef patty.
JRPfeff is correct of course, driving to Wisconsin for a good Burger is reason to celebrate, but if you're going to go all that way, there are better options than Ground Round. Sobelman's, Kopp's, and AJ Bombers come to mind in Milwaukee. Big Star and The Spot in Kenosha, and Kewpee Burger in Racine are also excellent candidates.
Next time you're headed to DP, feel free to PM me. If I'm available, I'll join you in a Burger or two.
post edited by BuddyRoadhouse - 2016/07/13 15:51:53