Food & Drink

The 10 Best New Burgers in Chicago

Published On 06/08/2015 Published On 06/08/2015
MARY JANE FARNSWORTH
MARY JANE FARNSWORTH
CHLOE LIST
CURRENT
NICK ROBBINS
Bonnie & Clyde Photography
 CHLOE LIST 
 SOUTH WATER KITCHEN
NEIL BURGER
 PRESIDIO
MOTT ST
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1. Bread & Wine 3732 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618

Certain the meal they cook you will be better than your Last Supper, Bread & Wine wants to make you an apostate from other restaurants by serving up its namesakes and then some, which they're doing in a snug, 60-seat bistro space sporting a counter view of the open kitchen, and rough-cut communal tables made from felled elm (hopefully none of your fellow diners turn out to be a nightmare).

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2. Nico Osteria 1015 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60613 (Gold Coast)

Nico Osteria is serving up some seafood-y deliciousness, as well as some epic cocktails alongside mains like their in-shell lobster spaghetti. As far as we are concerned, Nico Osteria is one of the best restaurants in Chicago, but you'll have to stop by and see for yourself.

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3. Current 644 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)

Located in the W Chicago, Current is the answer to all your chic business lunch needs. With Nutella stuffed french toast for breakfast, soup and salad for lunch, and in-house-made pasta for dinner, the modern Italian menu is an overall crowd pleaser.

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4. Seven Lions 130 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603 (Loop)

Elegant yet approachable, this new American clubhouse concept from Master Sommelier Alpana Singh (The Boarding House) is exactly what its Michigan Ave space called for. Chef Chris Curren’s menu is equal parts accessible and inspired, with starters ranging from fried chicken skins and pickles paired with sriracha mustard to Brussels sprout and burrata toast. Entrées run the gamut from comforting short ribs to perfectly flaky black cod with acorn squash, ricotta gnocchi, and Maitake mushrooms. And don't worry, there's alcohol, starting with Singh’s curated list of all-American wines.

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5. Little Bad Wolf 1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660 (Andersonville)

The owners of Burger Philosophy totally reconceptualized their Andersonville storefront back in 2014. The result is Little Bad Wolf, a barstaurant with excellent draft beer and whiskey lists, plus next-level bar food. The original restaurant's beloved Bad Burger -- stacked with two patties, American cheese, and house-made pickles -- is still on the menu, as are tacos and steamed buns. There's more substantial comfort food too, like a half fried chicken with mashed potatoes and mac & cheese with honey-cured bacon.

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6. Dove's Luncheonette 1545 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

One Off Hospitality's 41-seat counter service restaurant pushes Southern-inspired Mexican cuisine like chicken fried chicken smothered in chorizo verde gravy, smoked brisket taco Norteño, and chili con carne, along with craft cocktails and tequila galore.

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7. South Water Kitchen 225 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601 (Loop)

South Water Kitchen serves up authentic Midwestern fare prepared by a native Chicagoan, Chef Roger Waysok. The menu includes classic recipes that Waysock himself grew up with, like roasted all natural chicken, grilled lamb loin, and smoked whole duck.

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8. Salero 621 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661 (West Loop)

With modern takes on traditional staples like roasted beef short ribs, seas bass and potatoes a la plancha (translation: pan fried), and grilled flat iron steaks, Salero is a little piece of Spain right in the Chicago's West Loop. Helmed by Chef Ashlee Aubin, this stylish restaurant and bar avoids the trend factor of tapas and sticks to starts and main courses, so for once you won't have to feel the selfish guilt that one can only get when refusing to share their sweetbread.

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9. Presidio 1749 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Bucktown)

This cocktail-focused lounge in the old Bluebird space keeps things California breezy with exposed brick walls, plush couches and chairs, and a West Coast-leaning beverage program. Pick your poison from a selection of CA wines, beers, and cocktails inspired by Bay Area classics such as the Tommy’s Margarita and Pisco Punch. The food menu (crafted by Chef Shaun Connolly) is similarly influenced, with California-grown ingredients like sunchokes, kumquats, and Meyer lemon adding interesting touches to dishes like scallops, wild salmon, and olive oil cake.

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10. Mott St 1401 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Tucked away in an unassuming red brick storefront in Wicker Park, this vaguely Asian restaurant from the Ruxbin crew serves an eclectic menu of family-style plates inspired by the comfort food cravings of the restaurant team. Mott St truly does cook up a little bit of everything, from steamed pork dumplings and soy-glazed wings to congee and udon. If small plates aren't for you (we get it, sometimes you just want an entrée all to yourself), then perhaps the double chuck patty Mott Burger is. The restaurant's communal tables fit all too well with the tapas-like menu.