It was a bright Sunday spring afternoon and I was on a mission for a burger. I had heard Grange Hall Burger Bar was worth checking out for their burgers and I am glad I stopped in.
Located on Randolph street among restaurant row, Grange Hall offers a nice change of pace. The minute you walk through the little red door you are transported to a down home country-style kitchen. Mix-n-match cloth napkins, vintage ice pitchers, quilted cow hung on the wall, great hospitality and no one is taking themselves too seriously despite being an authentic farm-to-table restaurant.
The draw here is the burgers. Although I did see plenty of people ordering off the Farmer’s Breakfast menu. It was a hard choice but we finally decided to split one of the Chef Burgers called the Ultimate. It came with grass-fed beef, Muenster, applewood bacon, arugula, caramelized onions, horsey sauce. I’m normally a fan of less is more with burgers but every ingredient had its place on this burger. I could taste every one individually and it all enhanced each other instead of overpowering. The bacon and arugula provided the crunch and the onions and horsey sauce provided the soft and rich flavor.
On the side were the Russet Potato Fries: Hand-cut, house robust seasoning that came out perfectly crisp and despite the size and quantity eaten to the last one.
I will definitely be coming back here to try more on their extensive menu. Especially the hand churned ice cream and some of the amazing cocktails I saw being mixed up.
Of the places I’ve eaten in Chicago Grange Hall does make the top ten list. I will keep searching to update this list all in the name of research.