now that I have your attention and we’re all on the same page,
I want to talk to you about a little joint serving up more burger creation combinations than you can possibly try in a lifetime.
I’m talking about the one and only Butcher & the Burger!A few weeks ago Rachel hosted a Build Your Own Burger party al fresco with some of her favorite Chicago foodies to ring in the summer season and we couldn’t have had a more perfect setting for our burger feast.This wasn’t my first time trying Butcher & the Burger though it was my first time actually GOING to their cozy Lincoln Park location.
I won’t embarrass myself by telling you how addicted Hubby and I are to their delivery but suffice it to say we are VERY familiar with their customizable burgers but not at all familiar with their space.
Our foodie bash started out with some classic sodas.
Including a good ol’ Mexican Coke. Raise your hand if you are as addicted to Mexican Coke as I am!
It’s almost as good as Indian Coco-Cola (which is basically impossible to find anywhere in the States so I’ll take the Mexican version as a replacement). The patio was beautifully decorated for the evening with some charming, bright arrangements that practically glowed in the evening sun.
We started our feast with a few of B&TB’s famous sides including these divinely sour Whole House Brined Garlic Dill Pickles.
Now I love a good pickle (I’m sure there’s a joke to be made there — leave a comment with your best shot!). Nothing beats the sour, tart, herby, brininess of a homemade pickle. They still retain that fresh, bright cucumber flavor but layered with the savory pickling and garlic flavors.
They’re delicious and HARD to come by.
At least at restaurants here in Chicago. So few places take the time to make their own humble pickles and I salute and patronize any establishment that does because I truly believe a well-executed homemade pickle is one of life’s simplest pleasures.
We also sampled the most essential burger feast sides of coleslaw and potato salad.Everything was delicious and fresh!
But then these came…These are B&TB’s Hand Cut Kennebec Fries (which can also be served vegan!).
First of all, these are skin-on french fries. Win!
Second of all, these are the perfect french fry texture — fluffy on the inside but crisp and crunchy on the outside. Win win!
Third of all, these are served with B&TB’s Black Truffle Aioli. Win win win!
But we didn’t come to B&TB for fries and pickles (though I probably will in the future).We came for BURGERS!I mentioned earlier that B&TB has more customizable burger options than you can possible try in a lifetime and for good reason…
When you order you choose from 1) a menu of burger patties (including a Shrimp patty, a knock-out Lentil Brown Rice patty and a Bison patty), 2) a menu of spices (my favorite is always the Umami), 3) you choose a bun, 4) extra toppings (cheese, anyone?) and finally 5) any indulgent extras you fancy (including but not limited to Amish Duck Eggs, Sautéed Foie Gras and BBQ Pork Belly).
Yup, building a burger at B&TB is SERIOUS business! Care for a little Benton’s Tennessee Mountain Smoked Bacon on yours? I opted to try one of the B&TB patties I hadn’t had before: their Salmon patty!Seasoned with Umami spice (which includes fresh garlic, ginger, scallion, black sesame seeds, sweet soy glaze) and topped with lettuce, tomato, avocado, onions, and wasabi mayo, this is one serious seafood burger! I loved how juicy and savory the patty was all while complimented with the sinus-clearing mayo and creamy avocado. Delicious!But it was Rachel’s burger that truly stole the show! A prime beef patty topped with BBQ pork belly, caramelized onions, duck eggs, lettuce, tomato, and american cheese. This burger was SERIOUS business!And by now you HAD to know I would have to get an #eggporn shot of this bad boy. We did it at Presidio, Starr and I did it at Summer House, and now we’ve done with burgers at B&TB! Are you ready? *PRESSING* *PRESSING* *GUSH* OH BABY! That it one sexy burger if I do say so myself!
It was an EPIC night of foodie nirvana — a HUGE thank you to Rachel for hosting and to B&TB for making such amazing food. It’s not hard to shoot gorgeous photos when you have such photogenic food!
Be sure and check out Rachel’s shots of the slaughter here too!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal to facilitate this post. Review and all opinions are my own.