In The Hangover, a few dissimilar characters discover that they work best as a team. That's not the plot of a blockbuster film—it's a summary of the ingredients in one of Burger Joint's signature creations: a patty topped in bacon, fried egg, and the usual cohorts of tomato and american cheese. The rest of Burger Joint's half-pound burgers echo this pairing of playful names and playful toppings. For example, the Crazy Greek stacks feta and gyro meat on top of a cheeseburger, while a Hot Mess covers burgers in chili, onions, and cheddar. Bun, burger, toppings—the chefs perform this dance well into the evening.
Burger Joint's team also cooks more traditional burgers and gyros, and they hand cut regular and sweet potatoes for their signature fries. Their prompt turnaround makes the Burger Joint an ideal carryout spot, though the restaurant's decor isn't an afterthought. Each location features local photography, HDTVs, and tables and stools made from reclaimed wood.
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For the night owls of Chicago, just because it’s after midnight doesn’t mean that no one’s hungry. The folks at Jefferson Tap & Grille understand that, supplementing their bevy of beverages with an extensive menu available until the wee hours. Open for lunch and until at least 2 a.m. every night of the week–and until 4 a.m. Thursday–Friday and 5 a.m. on Saturday– they fuel after-hours revelry with hearty sandwiches and burgers, thin-crust pizzas with homemade sauce, and a respectable selection of gourmet appetizers. Classic brews stand ready to wash down each bite, the taps flowing with an ever-growing craft beer selection.
At Stocks & Blondes, a neighborhood pub right outside the Washington and Wells 'L' stop, servers sling hearty sandwiches, burgers, and pizzas alongside local brews—such as Revolution and Half Acre—and international brews. Stop in and see the friendly and attentive waitstaff serve daily micro draft specials. They can also deliver to homes with savory eats including the 8-ounce Covered Spread steak sandwich adorned with onions or the Realized Gains catfish sandwich - featured weekly on Catfish Fridays. At the pub, the waitstaff bustles amid flat-screen TVs and sports memorabilia supporting the Bulls, Blackhawks, and former Mayor Daley's peewee football team, the Little Richards.
Cactus' drink menu features specialty cocktails including a tasty variety of margaritas, as well as a solid lineup of domestic & imported beers - sure to include something to your liking. Cactus regulars are a young, party-loving crowd. It's like Cheers for Chicago's day traders - except that instead of Cliff and Norm you have attractive young people looking to enjoy some award-winning chicken wings, drinks, and each others company. All the privileges of adulthood.
Toeing the line between corner bar and gourmet grill, The Point serves old-fashioned comfort food alongside vegan and gluten-free fare. The eclectic menu matches the decor, which effortlessly blends exposed brick and timeworn racing photos with sleek chrome light fixtures and sentient bar stools. Diners can plumb new depths with intriguing menu items such as the crab cake with caper remoulade, the vegan mushroom broth risotto, and the tilapia ceviche with orange and lime. Or they can rely on old standards such as the Point burger with cheddar and bacon or the chicken wings, which come in chipotle barbecue or gorgonzola-bacon. It's not all rib-sticking entrees, either. In her glowing review, the Chicago Reader's Julia Thiel praised the lineup of libations as well, saying, "The drinks menu is just as impressive as the food, offering a dozen beers on tap... another 20-odd in bottles and cans, plus a dozen wines by the glass, the same number of cocktails, and a good selection of spirits, particularly whiskey and tequila."