I've been hearing quite a bit about Epic Burger and I was so giddy when I stumbled upon it on my way to the gym. I don't know how I never noticed it before. And of course, I was left with no choice but to make a detour and try their burger.
They have a cool concept and emphasize being eco-friendly and use locally grown produce, fresh, not frozen natural meats, real butter, real cheese crafted by Wisconsin cheese makers, pure sea salt, cage-free organic eggs, trans-fat free oil, and nitrate free bacon. Their buns are baked fresh from local bakeries. I loved that they offer whole wheat buns too.
Their burgers come with lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled or raw onions and epic sauce (a tangy mayonnaise based sauce). Their burger selections are beef, turkey, chicken breast and portabella mushroom.
You also have the option of adding on extras like cage-free organic fried eggs, nitrate free bacon and three choices of Wisconsin cheeses (cheddar, buttermilk blue and horseradish havarti). I opted for turkey burger on wheat with all the fixings and a fried egg.
Here's what mine looked like. The turkey patty was thin but pretty wide. It was definitely bigger than the bun so it was pouring over to the sides. It made for a messy burger, but it was mighty tasty. Burgers range from $4.99 to $7.99 (for a double burger) and french fries are $1.99. Cheese, bacon and egg are all extra. They also had a bunch of smoothies and shakes, but I resisted, since after all, I was on my way to the gym. =) I felt like the freshness of the ingredients really shined through at Epic.
Their fries are cooked in transfat free oil and seasoned with pure sea salt. These fries had their skin on and were awesome. They tasted fresh and like a potato should taste. I actually enjoyed these without ketchup, which is very rare for me.
So far there are two locations, one in Lincoln Park and one in the South Loop. I'm in trouble now that I know it's so close to my gym. Needless to say, I was so full afterwards that I couldn't work out, so I went back home instead. haha. My stomach got a good workout though, it was quite happy.
It's not an In-N-Out burger, but it definitely hit the spot. Now it's time for a visit to Kuma's.
1000 W. North Ave
Chicago, IL 60642