McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendy’s have some serious new competition. Prices generally increase over time, we all know that, but since when did a meal deal at McDonald’s turn into $8, plus tax? If that’s what a burger, fries, and a drink costs these days, we all might as well be paying up for gourmet quality.
Gourmet fast food burger – can it be done? which is the best? Following the latest trend in pop up fast food restaurants. These new fast food chains all place an emphasis on the quality of their sandwich. At Five Guys, they cook the food right in front of you.
Here are Social Power Hour’s top burger restaurants in Chicago:
M Burger offers a nice and greasy burger, single or double, and offers a variety of specialty burgers. Including the Hurt Burger with spicy BBQ and Pepper Jack. And it’s pretty cheap. However, it’s a bit overrated, the bun often ends up soggy. The whole experience at M Burger, from the moment you spot the sign on the street, is a little cold and unwelcoming—blacked out windows and chrome streamlined interiors, and while the simplicity may at first seem refreshing, theres a real feeling of superiority and arrogance that pervades the entire place. And then the burger’s just okay.
Five Guys is simple clean open place. The kitchen is on display right there in front of you. It’s no frills and no BS, very straightforward. Five Guys has been around the longest and the cheapest option, though with only four in the city, it can sometimes be hard to find.
Epic Burger is the newest, and my personal favorite. You get one solid strip of patty—with choice of junior, which is slightly slimmer, or a double—and can add whatever you want. The ingredients are fresh and classic. The burger isn’t too greasy, certainly not soggy. Epic’s specialty is throwing a fried egg—over easy or hard—in the middle of the sandwich. Epic’s got the best fastest cheapest gourmet burger in town. (And Epic is now BYOB, all locations except State Street)