Monday, June 25, 2012

25 Degrees

Location: 736 N Clark
Cost: About $20 per person

The third year of medical school makes it much more difficult to see your friends from class. You're all spread amongst different rotations, and you hardly get to see each other. My friend Jhop and I ran into each other at a BBQ the other weekend and realized it'd been quite a while. We made plans to get dinner soon thereafter. So Jhop, her husband Jason, and I went to get a burger at 25 Degrees.

25 Degrees is right next to one of my favorite River North bars, Clark Street Ale House.They have some outdoor seating and an indoor area with a big bar at the center. I didn't want to sit on a tall stool, so we moved to an outdoor spot. They were able to seat us right away, but I could imagine a decent battle for good seating on a busy happy hour day.

Our waitress wasn't much help with the menu, but she was pretty attentive. Our food didn't take long to come out. The price was slightly up there. Most burgers were around $12 and didn't come with fries. I hate it when you have to order them separately. What a rip. I also thought about getting a milk shake, but for $6 I took a pass. They have a nice collection of alcoholic shakes too, but those were upwards of $10. The portions were enough to make you uncomfortably full.

The Food
Our order was straightforward. We got the #1, the #3, and the #4. The #1 was mine and had caramelized onion, some fancily named bleu cheese, bacon, arugula, and thousand island dressing. Jess went with the #3 which had jack cheese, green chiles, chipotle, and avocados. Jason had the #4 which was a tuna steak with fried onions and a spicy aioli. The buns were simple and mushy. They were not the necessary platform for these burgers and we all had gigantic messes on our hands. The toppings were universally creative, making each burger totally unique. The meat was extra juicy, but both Jess's and mine were overcooked. We also got an order of Onion Rings and Sweet Potato Fries. The rings were mildly spiced and didn't come apart with one bit (a common downfall). The sweet potato fries were on the soggy side. Jess and Jason also got a Root Beer Float with Jim Beam. It was tasty, but they said they wouldn't order it again. I'd like to try the butterscotch alcoholic shake if I go back.

The Onion Rings and Sweet Potato Fries

The Jim Beam Root Beer Float

The #1

The #4

 The #3

25 Degrees has creativity on its side. I don't know if all of the fancy cheeses and topping shine through as well as they should, and I definitely don't think they're worth the increased cost. The cooking was slightly flawed and the buns were a real problem. I realize that makes it sound pretty bad, but the burgers were still juicy and well thought out from a flavor profile. I'm giving them 2.5 out of 5 Pearls.

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