Saturday, July 2, 2011

Epic Burger

Before today's post, I'd like to throw in a little plug. I'm participating in a 150 mile bike ride to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All donations can be made here and would be greatly appreciated. In addition to raising money, you can also consider this a mechanism of keeping me in good enough health to continue my eating escapades (but clearly there is a greater cause than that).

Location: 1000 W. North Avenue
Cost: $12 per person

People that know where I live (across the street from a certain Marcello's advertisement) expect me to have a special knowledge of places in my vicinity. How dare I not eat at every pie hole filling dispensary within a stones throw of my apartment? People even expect me to eat at Uncle Julio's. I think the food is awful, but at least it makes my neighborhood smell tasty. Well after enough times, I was getting tired of telling people I just don't know when they asked about Epic Burger. So Josh and I took a study break to hit them up for lunch.

Logistics
Epic Burger is in the middle of this small shopping center right off North Avenue. They have a large communal table, a bunch of booths, and a little outdoor seating. You order at the counter and take a number. We got there at 11:30 and beat a decent line that showed up at noon.

The cost is kinda high for a burger place. A single burger, fries, and a shake is $11. If you want cheese that's another 89 cents, and a fried egg is 69 cents. When you compare it to similar places like Five Guys and M Burger, the cost is higher, but I guess it's only a matter of a few bucks.

The Food
We both got the burger, fries, and shake combo. They ask you a ton of questions when you order like about every available topping and exactly how you want your shake. You can have you shake made with soy, skim, or whole milk. You can then choose ice cream or frozen yogurt. I went Chocolate shake using ice cream and skim while Josh got Chocolate and Peanut Butter with whole milk and ice cream. You'd think they'd be pretty similar shakes, but the consistency was totally different. I can't say why exactly, but Josh's was too thin while mine was perfect. I thought this was one of the better shakes I'd recently tried, right up there with DMK. The fries were a little soggy for my taste. The burger was griddled and came on a whole wheat bun with lettuce, tomato, choice of grilled or raw onion, and epic sauce (something like 1000 island). It wasn't too greasy, and the meat had some nice crispy flecks from the griddle. I thought the single was plenty of food, and the double would've been a bit much.

The Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

The Single Epic Burger

 The Fries

It should be noted that although I said it wasn't that greasy when I ate it, empirical evidence would prove otherwise. Within an hour of our meal both Josh and I were down for the count. It literally wasted an afternoon with one of the most forceful food comas I've had since eating a horseshoe at Charlie Parker's.

Overall
The great Katherine Bernot once said that if you call yourself epic, well... you better be freaking epic. I don't know if I'd go that far with this place, but I wouldn't write it off either. I prefer the fries at Five Guys, and I'd say the burgers are pretty close between the two places. The shake at Epic Burger is really something though. The extra cost is a bit of a turnoff. I'm giving them 3 out of 5 Pearls.


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