Friday, November 19, 2010


Location: 1571 Sherman Ave, Evanston and 2218 N Lincoln

Cost: About $12 per person

A few weekends back, Kate had to go shoot a video for her blog, and I figured I'd tag along. She went to Northwestern for undergrad and had a place in downtown Evanston that supposedly has some of the best burgers around. I'm not usually one to go for a burger at 11 AM on a Sunday, but with all this hype I had to check out Edzo's.

Edzo's is a logistically simple order at the counter burger shop. They do share a front door with a neighboring Italian restaurant, so I guess if you're not paying attention you may look a bit foolish by entering the wrong place. There's a very unique appeal to the decoration and even plating at Edzo's. Our order came out on a collectible Smurf themed TV dinner style lap tray.

One trick is that they close at 4PM and aren't open on Mondays. It hasn't seemed to hurt their business or popularity at all, which is a sign of how truly good these burgers are. You may have to take some time off work or come in on the weekend, but it's worth it. Also, the owner Eddie is a real nice guy (from Buffalo Grove [coolest Stevenson Alumni since one of the Stagliano's was on the Bachelorette]). Even with Kate videotaping him making burgers and talking about his Thanksgiving favorites, he still had time to make incoming customers feel at home.

The price would be average at any other place, but considering the quality you get at Edzo's, it's pretty cheap. A grilled burger is around $5 while a burger on the griddle is $3.29. The Five-Dollar Milkshakes are actually $4, and they come with a glass and the extra in a metal tin. The fries are $1.50 for a regular, but you've got to go for the specialty flavored fries for $4.50.

The Food
While Kate went for the griddle burger, I went for a char grilled one. We also split an order of Garlic Fries and a Nutella Milkshake. The first thing I went for was the fries. It was a nice order of crispy, hand-cut fries tossed in a garlic sauce with chunks of garlic on top. As if that wasn't enough, Eddie gave us a side of Merkts cheese for dipping. I was skeptical about dressed fries at first, but these were awesome. I can't wait to go back and try the Buffalo Fries.

The Garlic Fries

Something has to be said for them doing both a griddle and char burger. Most places specialize in one or the other, but it seems like they have both of these to near perfection. The griddle burger had a ton of crisp to it. The char burger had a nice crisp to the exterior while the inside was a perfect medium rare. They even think through these burgers enough to put some of the toppings on the bottom bun (in order for you to taste them more on your tongue rather than the roof of your mouth). Also, if you want you can upgrade to a grass-fed beef for a few bucks (Kate went for this). Trust me that the regular beef is enough to blow your mind.

The Char Burger

 The Griddle Burger

Finally there was the milkshake. I kept trying to think where my previous favorite milkshake was. I really like them at The Buffalo in Buffalo Grove. I also like Portillo's and Oberweiss, but this topped them all. It was a chocolate shake with chunks of nutella floating around. It was like getting bubble tea, but instead of the tapioca balls you got nutella.

 The Nutella Milkshake

The only problem with Edzo's was that it may have ruined all future burgers, fries, and shakes for me. I recently had a Rosebud burger (which is excellent), but it just wasn't the same after eating at Edzo's. The ingredients are quality and they put tons of time and thought into their food. Some of you may be wondering how it stacks up next to somewhere like Kuma's Corner. Really though they're very different. Kuma's is largely about the toppings and gluttony while Edzo's is a purist in my mind (besides the dressed fries, but those are unbelievable so I'm not complaining). I'm giving Edzo's a Pearl Necklace, 5 out of 5.

Edzo's Burger Shop on Urbanspoon

Edzo's opened another spot up in Lincoln Park since the Evanston location was so successful. I hit it up with Josh and Jeremy the other day. It's almost the same as the original spot except that they only do the griddle burgers instead of the one I had in Evanston. Here are a few of the pics from that time round.

The Nutella Milkshake

 The Burger
(with blue cheese, bacon, and egg)

The Burger
(with cheddar, bacon, and egg)

Edzo's Burger Shop on Urbanspoon


  1. Not going to lie, those burgers look positively scrumptious.

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