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Because I’m neither a hamburger nor red meat fan, this review takes on even greater significance. Many chefs, cooks, and restaurateurs tout their burgers as the best or offer it as a default menu item for the indecisive, but most of my burger experiences have been mediocre. I can’t go out like that. If I’m going to eat a hamburger, it was to be worth it, which brings me to a bastion of outstanding burgers in a Southside quaint eatery—The Burger Point located at 1900 S State St Chicago, IL 60616.
Owner, Michael Strotter, has built a brand where burger skeptics like me can enjoy the unique flavors and perfectly cooked patties without being tough, chewy, grey, and boring. The organic, grass-fed beef is never frozen, and you can taste the difference with your first bite. After watching so many awful documentaries about the beef industry, it was refreshing to learn from Michael that his proteins are hormone, antibiotic, and preservative free.
There are many options to choose from, but we settled on a couple standouts. The first was The Classic ($9.60)— a grass fed beef hand shaped patty with American cheese, double smoked bacon, pickles, vine ripe tomatoes, lettuce, diced onions, mayo, ketchup and mustard on a potato roll. This burger was both tender and each ingredient was free to speak for itself in a unified bite that folks in a 1950s burger joint would envy.
Next was the Gob Father Turkey Burger ($9.60) made with free range turkey and served with grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles on a pretzel roll. Almost indistinguishable from its beef brethren, I was pleasantly surprised that this turkey burger was moist and tender and even packed a more robust flavor than usually expected from this mild flavored protein. The perfectly constructed condiments were barely contained by the soft pretzel roll, that I recommend having heated on both sides for a more exciting bite.
Next up were the Burger Rolls ($10.25), delicious, deconstructed cheeseburgers inside of giant eggroll rappers. They were wonderful and taste exactly what you expect them to taste like, cheesy, gooey, rich, filling, and slightly crunchy. Rather than the dipping sauce, I opted for ketchup and mustard. Next time, I am going to ask Mike to add lettuce and tomato inside my roll.
One of my favorite items wasn’t a burger, but their chicken sandwich, which came with a fried chicken breast, aioli, and a soft, shiny-crusted bun. Keeping with the chicken vibes we tried their wings. They were good but were supporting cast to the other menu stars.
After we did the official review, I ordered the Crunchy Burger ($9.60), a grass-fed beef patty, double American cheese, freshly made potato chips and homemade French onion dip on a potato roll. This burger doesn’t owe me a damn thing. LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS PLACE!
Chicago has so many amazing places to eat and it can become challenging to settle on spots that will outdo the other. Well, Burger Point has won their place in my palate’s heart (you hear right). The service, food, and at $10 or less for most burgers and sandwiches, the price was right. You can’t beat that. You can reach them at (312) 842-1900.