Welcome to the 2013 Roscoe Village Burger Fest!
Burger Joint dressed their burgers with gyro meat and some feisty Feta, because who doesn't like cheese that wants to fight you?
Stanley's Kitchen and Tap
Stanley's is proud of their proprietary beef blend, and their StanBurger is topped with secret sauce, American and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and red onion, all on a nice and puffy potato bun.
While Indie Burger is known for their regular beef burgers, they did bring a vegan chickpea burger so the veggie lovers could be included in the fun. I can already hear all of you burger purists up in arms about the vegan patty, but it's okay with me. We can all be friends.
Leader Bar Drafthouse and Brewery
Leader Bar brought out a few types of burgers, including this California burger with Jack cheese, poblano peppers, ranch dressing, and guacamole to add that West Coast touch.
Banh Mi & Company
Banh Mi & Company topped their burger with the essential pickled vegetables you normally get on their namesake sandwich, along with a big helping of cilantro.
Square Bar and Grill
This is like the passing of the burger torch with happy hands sharing the joy of burgerdom. Square Bar and Grill had the most playful burger of the festival, the Belmont burger. It was decked with peanut butter sauce, bacon, fried plantains, and Swiss. Elvis, eat your heart out.
Rockit Burger Bar
The mini burger from Rockit Burger Bar was topped with smoked cheddar, bacon aioli, and squiggly fried onions for crunch.
Select Cut Steakhouse
Select Cut Steakhouse's burger looked a bit on the simpler side, but that silky peppercorn sauce stole the show, bringing a hit of salt and sharp black pepper bite with the sweet onions.
Butcher and the Burger
The line at Cortland's Garage went way down the street. Their burger was topped with white cheddar, avocado, bacon, onion strings, lettuce, and tomato. Cortland's Garage ended up taking Critic's Choice at the festival.
Hamburger Mary's Mini-Mary was topped with thick slices of pickle, "Mary" sauce (a variation on Thousand Island), and cheese.
This little legion was destined for some hungry mouths, sizzling and popping away on the griddle.
The little burgers in the previous slide ended up in this finished product: Goose Island's lamb burger topped with feta, arugula, and tzatziki sauce. Mary had a little lamb, once, and then we ate it.
Goose Island Chips
Nothing goes better with a burger than some form of fried potatoes! Crunch, crunch, crunch.
Happy Burger Guy
This guy mugged at the camera for me. There's always that one guy. And hey, nice burger, bro.
This corn is sad because people were eating its brothers and sisters. It's okay, corn. I would be upset too.