Sunday, February 5, 2012

Grange Hall

Location: 844 W Randolph
Cost: About $20 per person

A while ago I posted about an Indian restaurant on Randolph called Veerasway. Well I found out that it closed and got replaced by some burger joint with homemade ice cream. A while later when I was at Cafe Con Leche with Josh and Lonnie (who both live in the west loop), it came up in conversation that there was some new place in their neighborhood with a barn yard theme of sorts. After a little searching I figured out these places were one in the same. So the three of us went out later that week to check out Grange Hall.

As I was saying, the place has a barnyard feel to it. It's not that large of a space, and there are mostly long, picnic like, communal dining tables throughout the restaurant. There's a long bar running along one of the walls too. We went in the middle of the week without any kind of wait. There's plenty of parking on the nearby side streets too.

Our waiter had this big southern accent, which we first thought was some gimmick, but then he actually ended up being from Alabama. The service was solid, but I thought it was strange that we got sat right on top of another party even though there were a ton of open seats. The food is a little overpriced. A 6 ounce burger was $9 (with $1 add ons for most toppings), the sides were all $3, and a shake was $5. It doesn't seem like that much, but usually with a $10 burger you get some kind of topping, and the fries aren't usually extra. The side portions were small as were the shakes. The best deal we had was the gigantic Fried Vegetable Basket which was $7.

The Food
So this Fried Vegetable Basket was the first thing we had. It was a huge basket of green beans, zucchini, mushrooms, and onions. The veggies themselves were rather plain, but they came with a horseradish mayo which was nice and spicy. It was probably enough for 4-5 people to share.

 The Fried Vegetable Basket

Each of us got a 6 Ounce Burger of some variety. In general they were very juicy and only slightly overcooked. Our biggest issue with the burgers was that they fell apart on us because the buns couldn't handle the juice. The people sitting next to us had the same issue. We ordered sides of Mac n' Cheese and French Fries. The fries were very thin and crispy, but like I was getting at above, there weren't enough of them. The Mac n' Cheese was of the grainy variety which is not how I prefer. The real issue was that it was overloaded with garlic. The waiter acknowledged that it had been a common complaint amongst people eating the dish that day and that there was probably an issue with the batch (a warning ahead of time would have been nice). Josh and I both got milkshakes too, Vanilla and Chocolate respectively. The flavor of the chocolate was great. It reminded me of the organic chocolate syrup you can get from Trader Joe's. I was hoping for some bigger chunks of the homemade ice cream. Also, it was a pretty thin shake which is always a problem for me since I drink them basically as fast as I can.

The Milkshakes

The Burger

 The French Fries and The Garlic Mac n' Cheese

Since gourmet burgers are so easy to come by these days, I'm not sure that I'd go back to Grange Hall anytime soon. The burger was tasty as was the shake, but everything was too pricey and the sides were too small. I'm giving them 2 out of 5 Pearls.

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  1. very interesting. glad I don't have to go and try. how was maude's?

  2. It should, at least, be noted that they only serve grass fed beef and free range turkey...well worth it for what you are getting.

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