Hamburgers are modeled after Victorian-era architecture, a style known for its sesame-seed-dusted roofs, flowing lettuce curtains, and meat everywhere. Feast ornately upon a well-formed feeding frenzy for two with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of burgers and fries at Paul’z Burgerz & Dogz.
A runner-up for the city’s Best Burger in the Riverfront Times, Paul’z Burgerz & Dogz lovingly grills a mouthwatering menu of juicy burgers and flavorful franks in a cozy, vibrant atmosphere. Diners can wrap paws around a palate-pleasing panoply of distinctive burgers, such as the fresh turkey Gobbler ($5.95) and the Cock-a-Doodle Moo ($4.95), whose startling blend of bacon, fried egg, and American cheese speedily yanks dormant taste buds from throat beds. A Windy City Dog ($3.25) bedecks an all-beef frank with Chicago’s favorite trimmings, while a half-pound monster dog ($6.25) allows sumo wrestlers to stealthily slip into higher, more lucrative, weight classes.
Piquant palates can delight in the Devil Dog ($3.85), which salaciously bedecks itself in Paul’z amazin’, blazin’ hot sauce, and thick, spicy chili can be poured over burgers, dogs, and retainers for zesty flavor fiestas. Orders of six bacon-wrapped BBQ Shrimp ($6.25) and ‘Nawlin’z Shrimp Po’Boys ($6.25) quell tumultuous tummies, and freshly made chips and fries ($1.75) stake themselves snugly onto the corners of crowded plates.
Paul'z Burgerz & Dogz
The cooks at Paul’z Burgerz & Dogz, which nabbed a runner-up spot for the city’s Best Burger in the Riverfront Times restaurant guide, churn out an expansive menu populated by tongue-thrilling twists on two Americana staples. The Cockadoolemoo burger combines a patty, bacon, and fried egg, blurring the lines between meals, much like a caesar salad sprinkled with Cap’n Crunch. The Windy City dog includes classic Chicago--style ingredients—mustard, relish, sport peppers, and terms of agreement prohibiting the use of ketchup—accompanied by chips and fries, which are made fresh every day. Visitors chow down in Paul’z’s lively, welcoming dining room, whose vibrant orange and red walls are decked out in autographed photos and headlines and wainscoted in corrugated metal, adding a slightly industrial vibe to the friendly establishment.