Who: Au Cheval
What: Upscale diner with open kitchen
When: Monday to Saturday 11am-1am, Sunday 10am-12
Where: Neighborhood, West Loop at 800 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Why: I would do almost anything for a good burger. And standing in line at 10am on a Sunday constitutes as something worth doing to have the best burger in America, according to Bon Apetit.
Ok, so maybe it is kind of hype to wait in line for something, but if you know me by now, I love trying the best a city has to offer. So when I heard about Au Cheval, I knew it was somewhere I had to check out.
They’re in the popular West Loop neighborhood, super walkable, lots of shops and restaurants adorn the blocks. And on a Sunday morning there was in fact a line, I arrived around 9:30am and that was good enough to get my sister and I seated in the first wave. We were lucky, I’ve heard wait times can get upwards of 3 hours, and your whole party has to be present to be seated.
The restaurant is small, cozy, and open. It feels a bit industrial with the exposed brick and ceiling. And you can see right into the kitchen as they cook up their scratch made menu.
We scored two bar seats, literally overlooking the kitchen, it was magical. I always think sitting at the bar in an open kitchen is the best seat in the house. And this time did not dissapoint. The kitchen is small but mighty, everyone has their stations and they work tirelessly to perfect their craft.
Watching them make the burgers I was drooling, I was ready. One cheeseburger and an order of fries. My sister opted for an omelette (she’s a fitness blogger after all and was not into the idea of a burger for breakfast), but I will say it was one of the best and most perfect omelettes we’ve both ever tasted.
When the burger came out, it was like the heavens had parted and it was just me and the burger. It started with a toasted bun, two 4oz patties topped with american cheese, dijonnaise, and house pickles. You can opt to top it with thick cut peppered bacon and an egg, which only seemed right so of course I did it.
They serve it open faced and you get the pleasure of topping that burger bun and letting the egg yolk break. It’s not a very complex burger, but the simple ingredients they use are executed to perfection and I would have to agree that this is the best burger I’ve ever eaten. It was absolutely worth the wait and I would recommend when you’re in Chicago you bee line to Au Cheval to get your hands on one.
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