M Burger just opened its doors at 161 E. Huron.
They got tasty griddled burgers (think McDonalds, but better), average fries (not as good as Five Guys fries)
and one thing Five Guys doesn’t have…
Yes, you can get a malt too.
You might want to wait a week until the hype dies down because
today it took over 30 minutes waiting in line just to place my to-go order.
As you can see on that last photo, the guy in the blue-jean jacket with the mullet
has been waiting in line since 1980.
This place is mostly to-go orders because the ordering/waiting area is tiny.
This place is only famous for two reasons:
1) The restaurant was parodied in a sketch on Saturday Night Live by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd (and most of the rest of the cast), who emphasized their zany interpretation of the Sianis family who would yell “cheeseburger cheeseburger!”
2) The owner once tried to bring his goat into a famous north-side ballpark.
(You can stick your curse where the sun don’t shine! They suck because they suck! Not because of your damn goat! There! I said it!… in parentheses)
The menu from the Billy Goat Tavern, located under the Michigan Avenue bridge.
The beer – They have two “billy goat” brews on tap, a light and a dark (made by berghoff) $3.50 for a mug. It’s very hard to screw up beer. They also have a decent bar where you can order other drinks.
The food – The menu is posted above, but most people come in to order a cheeseburger. Thin burger patties are cooked on a griddle until well well welllllll done, then stuffed into a kaiser roll. A double cheese, is 2 patties with 1 slice of cheese in the middle. This is not a gourmet establishment. Don’t expect Kuma’s Corner (that’s an entirely different dive). The burgers are not bad, but they’re nothing special. They have one purpose… soaking up alcohol. I think that’s intentional. If you want to get some entertainment, ask for fries or try to order a pepsi. “NO FRIES! CHIPS!”
The atmosphere – It’s a friendly dive…with cheeseburgers. It’s one of those living museums, with tons of photos on the wall of the Sianis family with various celebrities and sports figures from the last several decades. The tables and chairs are 70’s cafeteria/diner style. People come here to have a few drinks, watch some sports, or grab a quick bite.
Kevin Pang, host of The Cheeseburger Show,
has been bloggin’ his cheeseburger-lovin keester off over at the Chicago Tribune Blogs.
He has a review of Five Guys that is way more literary and descriptive than my own review, but comes to some of the same conclusions: good burger… GREAT FRIES.
And also, it looks like he’s got 6 episodes of The Cheeseburger Show under his belt that you can watch over at Vimeo.