Workers in the Loop have more options these days for a quick and delicious lunch. ABC7’s Hungry Hound has been eating lots of lunches and looking for some new places where fast food actually tastes good.
Lunching in the loop is a minefield of fast food, but there are some gems. Petterino’s and Atwood Cafe go a bit more upscale. Chipotle offers fast and fresh Mexican and the Haifa Cafe cranks out tasty Middle Eastern fare. But four other newcomers are giving Loop lunchers some options from around-the-clock cereal to some of the best Thai food in the city.
The July Issue of GQ featured “The 20 Hamburgers You Must Eat Before You Die”, so we started working our way up the list and headed over to the lone Chicago entry, Poag Mahone’s, at 175 West Jackon St.
Author Alan Richman, according to GQ, consumed more than 150,000 calories – no doubt inching him closer to his own expiration date – as he traveled 24,000 miles and judged 162 burgers. The one at Poag Mahone’s (Gaelic translation: “Kiss my,” you know) finished at No.18.
So what do you get for your $5.75? A pretty good burger.
It’s 9 ounces of freshly ground sirloin, served on an exceptional toasted bun (manly enough to hold up through the entire meal), with lettuce and tomato. Fries, slaw and the ubiquitous pickle spear are included. Accouterments such as cheese and grilled onions are extra.
It’s flavorful and it’s filling. And they’ll actually grill it rare – truly rare, not that wimpy slightly-pink-in-the-middle rare – if you ask.
It was so good, it’ll make you want to search out the 17 burgers GQ placed ahead of Poag Mahone’s.