Review: DMK Burger BarAuthor: Show | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Chicago, IL, On The Road
DMK Burger Bar
2954 North Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
I believe it was a few months ago when I was just sitting there on a Monday night, watching Triple D. I hear Guy get out of the car, when he starts saying something like “I’m here in Chicago, about …. ” describing his position in the city. Those who watch the show even occasionally know what I’m talking about. This time, he said “about eight blocks away from Wrigley Field,” and I perked up. It just so happened that I was headed to a game in early May with a group — including IndianapolisEater. It also just so happened that DMK Burger Bar was on the way to Wrigley from our hotel, so I was definitely going to hit it up.
First of all, LOL to that YouTube being a person videotaping their TV. I love those. Anyway …
What I Got: The Ron Santo Burger; $10.00. Also, Parmesan and truffle fries; $4.00.
This burger is a special that is only available during baseball season. Plus, it has Italian beef on it. Finally, it’s Ron Santo. So, yeah, having been a born-and-raised Cubs fan, I was certainly going to get this. The description of the burger: “A grass-fed beef patty, Italian beef, fontina cheese, au jus and giardiniera.” It was all there for me, but I felt like I was slightly short-changed on the Italian beef. I could be wrong, but it just didn’t come through in a strong way for me.
I’ve never been to a place that stressed this “grass-fed beef” so much. The walls had “grass-fed beef” written on them and our bartender said it several times while speaking with us. Anyway, the burger patty was an absolute home run. They cooked it to medium and it was outstanding quality — among the best I’ve ever had. Also, the bun was perfectly tasty while not being overwhelming enough to take anything away from the burger.
On to the fries. I wanted the gravy fries, but they were out of gravy. The Parmesan and truffle didn’t overly excite me, but I really wanted to try the fries based upon the reviews I had read — where people just raved about them. And rightfully so, because the flavor of the fries themselves was wonderful. Crunchy outside with a warm potato inside and well-seasoned. The parm and truffle didn’t really do it for me, but it didn’t stop me from eating the fries either. I’m guessing if you enjoy this flavor these fries would be a huge hit.
There’s also an extensive craft beer menu. Being strictly a Bud Light guy, I asked what would be closest and the bartender directed me to Victory Prima Pils, a German Pilsner for $6.50. It was good. I don’t really have much more to say on it, because — as I said — I pretty much only drink Bud Light and the craft beer thing isn’t my scene.
As for the atmosphere, I really liked it. There was a bar with probably 20 seats and probably about 15 four-top tables and that was about it. So it’s kind of a hole in the wall, but really modernized and clean inside. Also, every server there was knowledgeable on the menu, both food and drink, from what I could tell. It would appear ownership and management stress this, along with telling everyone the beef is grass-fed.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes to DMK Burger Bar, no to what I got. Again, I enjoyed my meal and have no regrets. But next time I’m going — and I will be going again — I’m going to get something else. Hopefully they have the gravy for the fries. Burger numbers 1, 4 and 7 from the menu are definitely on my list. The one member of our party who went with me got the guac-aoli burger (which has chorizo crumbles on it) and a side of bleu cheese and bacon fries and was raving about his meal. In all, I’m really looking forward to my next visit and highly recommend this place.