Hello, big fella!
I’ve got a burger to share with you today, but first i want to make sure everyone saw this instant bacon classic:
Behold The All-American Bacon Candy Cane!
Sweet potatoes wrapped in bacon! Here is the recipe I found:
2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into matchsticks about the width of your pinky finger.
8 oz bacon, don’t use thick cut
Preheat oven to 425°F and place rack in the center of the oven. Slice each piece of bacon in half, lengthwise and then in half widthwise. You will have 4 strips from 1 piece of bacon. Wrap 1 strip of bacon around 1 matchstick sweet potato. Lay on a baking sheet that’s been lined with parchment paper. Repeat until all the bacon is gone. Bake for 15 minutes until the sweet potatoes feel soft. Then turn the oven to broil and let the tops get crispy.
Now this is a great way to celebrate the 4th – accompanied of course by one of these:
IT’S RAINING BURGERS!!
It’s been a scorcching few weeks all across America, which leads me to this beautiful part of the Chicago river….
I arrived just as the daily shower of water occurred on the river…it lasts about ten minutes and gives tourists a good photo op, and a nice bit of wet relief from the heat:
The Chicago Burger Co.
Alongside the water spout, situated on the north side of the river is The Chicago Burger Co., and I grabbed an outdoor seat along the water and checked out the menu:
THE CBC BURGER!
If you really want to see what the kitchen is capable of, you MUST go for the specialty burger, which I did: The CBC burger loads you up with lettuce, tomato, mushrooms, caramelized onions, cheese and applewood smoked bacon….
I didn’t order fries with it, as I wanted to stay focused on the burger in hand, which arrived looking like what you see above, all loaded up except for the carmelized onions, which arrive in a separate container:
I assume the onions are not always a welcome addition, but for me, it was time to pile them right on and close this baby up:
Now I’ve got a big big burger to try and handle…I am not one to cut my burger in half, as I find they usually get very messy, so instead I wrapped my hand around the whole thing and got ready to bite down hard…
At this point you already know there is more here than will fit in your mouth, and if you force it together, well the inevitable happens: lots of good stuff slides right off onto your plate…still, I gave it a go and stuck it in my mouth:
First reaction? Very tasty: the mushrooms are sauteed nicely and are very juicy, the carmelized onions bring alot of subtle smoky flavor to the party, and the tomato and lettuce offer a nice crisp balance.
Lettuce and tomato are normally for me the unnecessary additions to a burger: I can take them or leave them. But in this case, since the carmelized onions and mushrooms are so silky smooth and moist, the lettuce/tomato combo offered up a nice crisp addition….
Taking a step back, what also offers a nice crisp texture is the bacon – look at how nicely cooked and thick the pieces are – once you bite in, you get a lot of that applewood smoked goodness smacking your tastebuds right in the face!
This burger stands up to a good CU photo: it is impressive when stacked up and showed off. It’s not an inexpensive burger: $13 with no side dishes…that said, it’s completely filling….
One more comment about the mushrooms: although many fall off when you are eating the burger, they are meaty and juicy, imparting a ton of good flavor, which leads me to:
HOW’S THE MEAT?
My only criticism, which is fairly important in this context, is with the burger! It was cooked on a flat top surface, so there are no grill marks, and of course no grill flavor…in fact, it didn’t impart that much meat flavor at all…
With that said, the other elements of the burger impart a great deal of flavor, in many ways overshadowing the meat, but also giving you a multi-layered taste…and again, hard to argue with a burger that shows up looking like this:
So overall a nice job by The Chicago Burger Co. – just take your burger for a walk by the salt and pepper to give it some more personality next time!