Thursday, November 8, 2012

Edzo's Burger Shop - Chicago Dogs and Burgers

In my short time in Chicago, I have had some amazing meals at places like GT Fish and Oyster, Longman & Eagle, and most recently Balena, but I've also had equally great "low-end" meals at the various hot dog and burger stands all over the city. The proliferation of these stands all over the city have inspired me to start a new feature on this blog highlighting some of those better stands and the fare they sling.

First up is Edzo's Burger Shop. A couple of months ago, I randomly decided to spend a day in Evanston just to see what was there. Before a self-guided tour of the Northwestern campus, I visited Edzo's for a hefty lunch. Even on a weekday afternoon, the line was out the door, but the service is fast and efficient. I started with a locally-made Filbert's grape soda.

Grape Soda

At Edzo's, you can order a smashed griddle burger or a thicker char burger. For this first visit, I went with a single griddle burger ($3.89 plus $.75 for cheese) topped with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and American cheese. The burger has been smashed on the grill  so it gets crispy edges. It's flavored well and comes with a lightly toasted bun that doesn't overwhelm the thin patty.

Edzo's Burger

I figured that since I was already splurging with a burger, I could indulge further with truffle fries ($5.49). These hand cut fries are flavored with truffle salt and Parmesan cheese in every bite. The portion size is great for sharing.

Truffle Fries at Edzo's

By a happy accident, I was given garlic fries ($3.99). They were loaded with bits of garlic and full of flavor. Also worthy of sharing.

Garlic Fries at Edzo's

Edzo's is proof that an inexpensive meal does not have to be low quality. I appreciate their attention to detail and the energy the spend sourcing good ingredients. I'm definitely going to be visiitng again when their Lincoln Park location opens up.

Edzo's Burger Shop
1571 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 864-3396

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Alicia Foodycat said...

The burger looks good but the garlic fries look amazing!

marla said...

Looks like a tasty good time!

susan said...

I have read about this place. I need to get my tush to the mid-west - visit you and eat my way through the city!

Rachel @ Bakerita said...

Yum! Wish I had one of these near me...those truffle fries look to die for!

Alice said...

You didn't get a shake - you missed out. I live and breathe for their salted caramel shakes ($4 for a "$5 shake"!!!)

Joanne said...

Sometimes "low-end" meals are the best!! I want those garlic fries. Majorly.

lisa is cooking said...

Truffle fries! That's exactly what I'd love for an afternoon snack right now.

gastronomer said...

Hellz yah on all three fronts -- burger, fries, and fries!

I'm liking this feature, Esi!

vanillasugarblog said...

Yeah those garlic fries are screaming to me.
You have good eats woman in chi-town.

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

if i ever see garlic fries on a menu i'm sure to order it! and i love a good smashed burger, but the only place i've ever seen one is Denver so this is an awesome find!

Diana said...

Evanston! Northwestern! Yay! Though, I def don't remember Edzo's when I was in college... is it new?