Weird burger taste test
Ordering a fried egg on top just isn't enough anymore. When it comes to burgers, chefs and diners alike are pushing the boundaries on what can be contained between a beef patty and two buns. RedEye put eight of the burgers to a taste-test.
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($23) at Burger Bar (1578 N. Clybourn Ave. 312-255-0055)
Toppings: Grilled ribeye steak, garlic spinach, blue cheese, horseradish cream, crispy onions
Weirdness rating: 4. It's not a steak instead of a patty. It's a steak and a patty.
Messiness rating: 4. This is meat-juice-dripping-down-your-forearms messy.
Talk about meat mania: An 8-ounce patty sits atop an 8-ounce ribeye that's so large it eclipses the bun underneath. Even after chewing around the steak's edges to right-size it with the rest of the burger, I'd have to unhinge my jaw to take a bite out of the entire thing. Even so, the double dose of beefy flavor actually works, especially when combined with traditional steakhouse side-dish flavors such as deliciously garlicky spinach and morsels of blue cheese. A crown of battered-then-fried onions remained crispy despite the wet toppings, and sweet potato tots (a $2 upgrade) are the perfect foil to all the salty, steaky goodness. I'd gladly spend $25 on this again instead of a traditional steakhouse dinner. --Lisa Arnett