By Jesse | December 5, 2010
Burger. Burger. Burger. Cheese burger. Cheese burger. Cheese burger. The burger is back. Or rather the burger is in. I can’t seem to escape recommendations to try a new unique/gourmet burger joint practically every week. The most recent of in this breakout of burger joint plaque is M Burger in Chicago.
I’m fuzzy on the beginnings of M Burger. Rumor has it, it was conceived in the back of one of the many Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises restaurants. The unlikely hooking up of a more traditional chef and his love of the lowly hamburger inspired what I was told was a truly great burger. I honestly haven’t been able to confirm if this story, especially with their simple and uninformative website.
It came to the point where I could no longer ignore the buzz. When I found out that M Burger’s second location was a mere blocks from my place of employ, I knew I had to make a stop for lunch.
The restaurant itself was tiny. About the size of a large city bedroom. (Well not that small, but you get the idea.) And it was packed with tourists, hip advertising types, and kacki-clad office workers. The decor is a modern with simple benches and tables crammed in. It had an open kitchen where you could see several busy workers making burgers.
I ordered the M Burger and fries. The M Burger consists of bacon, cheese and a “secret sauce”. The staff was courteous and fun, jabbing at my friend for change her order several times. However, the place was so packed we had to take our food to go.
The Burger was a pretty simple affair. Plain white bun, single patty,American cheese, lettuce, pickles, and “secret sauce”. The “secret sauce” tasted suspiciously like thousand island and another well known secret sauce. There was a generous covering of well-done bacon. It really reminded me of a single patty, bacon-topped, higher quality ingredient Big Mac.
The fries were shoestring, reminiscent of McDonald’s, but somehow tasted more natural. They were quite good. I was impressed with the size of the single, one size order of fries. There was more than enough fry for one dude.
What did I think? I was not that impressed. The burger was just OK. It tasted like your typical fast food burger, albeit with better ingredients. The fries were good, but not exceptional.
Will I be back? Yes. While the food wasn’t great, the prices were reasonable, and the environment and staff were fun and friendly.