Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bernie's

Location: 3664 N Clark
Cost: About $15 per person

We're well into baseball season which means I'm back to complaining about the crummy food surrounding Wrigley Field. Some of you may remember the travesty of a meal I had at Casey Moran's last year. This time my dad suggested we check out the bar next door, Bernie's, before heading to the game.

Logistics
The setup at Bernie's is similar to many other sports bars in Wrigleyville. They've got two floors and a spacious patio. It was cold and rainy so we had to pass on the patio. The place was pretty empty which I guess makes sense since all hope was lost for the cubs before the season even started.

Our waitress was fast and friendly, but it's not like she had that many other tables to wait on. Our food came out quick enough for me to be pretty sure not that much effort went into it. Everything was right around $10 and the portions were large enough to keep me going throughout the game without ordering some expensive bison dog.

The Food
We didn't have too much time before the first pitch, so we ordered a few beers and some sandwiches without stopping for any appetizers. My dad got the Cheeseburger, and I got the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. They tout that the burgers are grass fed, and it's almost worse that they butchered such a nice piece of beef. The patty was dried out, and the bun was a little stale. The chicken sandwich was pretty standard. The sauce was spicy but could've been a little thicker or richer. The chicken itself was mildly overcooked, but with the sauce it wasn't too dry or anything. Both dishes came with a side of fries that were nothing special.

The Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

 The Cheeseburger

Overall
I can't say I was surprised, but I had yet another sub par meal in Wrigleyville. It's amazing to me that sports bars in most other neighborhoods seem to have stepped up their game while these guys keep pumping out the same unappealing grub. I'm giving them 1.5 out of 5 Pearls.

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