This past weekend, Sam & I made our way over to the West Loop neighborhood to try whats has been described as one of Chicago’s best burgers at Au Cheval.
Both me and Sam get in these moods for burgers. I’ll just crave it and nothing can fulfill the craving except a tasty cheeseburger. So we were both having one of those days when we just needed to chow down on America’s favorite meal– pronto.
A bunch of people (namely my coworkers) had been raving to me about how awesome Au Cheval was, so I knew this would our spot. Because this place is well known for burgers, you’ll often find yourself waiting for a table. It is a small restaurant, so if you go during peak times, the wait could be hours. Instead of waiting, I recommend just going at an odd hour, like 2pm on a Sunday. We got a seat at the bar no problem! Keep in mind that the kitchen closes daily from 3pm-5pm, but it stays open late!
Once inside, you’re greeted by a super hip staff and chic diner vibe, complete with vintage record player cranking some modern tunes. The kitchen is open concept, so if you sit at the bar, you’re practically on the line. It makes for a fun dining experience!
The menu is fairly compact with only a few key options and it’s a-la-carte style. Their burger is just listed as the “Cheval burger” on the menu and you don’t really get the option to substitute or request modifications. It comes as it is, so you better not be fussy. You can request bacon or a fried egg on top though.
I ordered the classic cheese burger with bacon. In addition to the burger, Sam & I split an order of all dressed up french fries, complete with a super cheesy mornay sauce, incredible garlic aioli & fried egg. In classic diner fashion, I also ordered a root beer float, which is brewed in house and served with super creamy locally made ice cream.
Since we sat at the bar, I was watching the line cooks dish up food left and right, which made me even more excited for the meal. Everything looked so good! Once my burger actually did arrive, I started salivating instantly.
This burger a double stacked pressed patty so be prepared to be full. The bun is lightly toasted and topped with mayo, diced red onions, house made pickles and a healthy serving of melted cheddar cheese. And because I requested bacon, I was greeted with two perfectly fried pieces of thick cut applewood bacon.
It is a total mouthful, but you will not be disappointed when you bite into it. This burger is awesome. Like seriously awesome. The meat is well seasoned and high quality, and they don’t skimp on the toppings. The pickles offer a perfect pop of acid, and the bacon gives it a salty bite. The cheese and mayo make this burger super rich and decadent. After a few bites, Sam & I looked at each and just nodded in sheer agreement that this was the best burger we had eaten in recent memory.
I’ll have to make Au Cheval a special occasion type place, since I probably ingested about 2,000 calories in one sitting but felt absolutely no shame about it, because it was a sheer delight eating their self-indulgent burger.