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Adams Street: An ethnic gem of Downtown streets that, between Seventh Street and First Avenue, boasts Thai, Japanese, Italian, English and now — Burger Joint Chicago, a casual restaurant serving up Chicago staples.
Co-founder and manager, Dennis Skiadopoulos, described menu items like the polish dogs, gyros, cheese fries and Italian beef sandwiches as the “comfort foods of Chicago.” The Downtown food scene may have a lot to offer, but Burger Joint Chicago is bringing us cheese and gravy-smothered fries, burgers with the works, and countless options for late-night cravings and hunger pains.
Though Burger Joint is sticking to summer hours for now — Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — come October, Skiadopoulos said it will expand to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It will also offer ribs, chicken wings as well as a bar focused on craft beer — both bottled and draft.
In addition to the aforementioned items, the menu features an assortment of burgers, including turkey and veggie, chicken pitas, and fries with tempting toppings.
Watching your waist line? The salads, turkey or veggie burger, and chicken pitas are all healthier alternatives that look and taste just as good as the spicy feta fries — well, almost.
And while you may go the first time simply to experience Burger Joint Chicago for yourself, you’ll return for the friendly and welcoming atmosphere provided by Skiadopoulos and his staff. Walk in, and you’ll find Skiadopoulos chatting up customers in line, offering suggestions and thanking them on their way out.
So while the joint may not be New American fine dining, it is hearty American food done well.
Located on the ground floor of the U.S. Bank building on the northeast corner of First Avenue and Adams Street, Burger Joint Chicago is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is currently offering a grand opening special, which for $8 gets you a 1/4-pound cheeseburger with fries and a drink.
Pictured: The Crazy Greek with Cheddar Fries (left) and The Sonoma with Spicy Feta Fries (right)