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It's as American as... Burgers and Kim Chee?

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It's as American as... Burgers and Kim Chee?

YourPalWill | Nov 21, 2002 10:57 PM

I'm sure that by now, many of you grow weary of me constantly extolling the virtues of Cafe Erwin in Lakeview.

However, tonight I feel obligated to comment on the Burger recently mentioned by Gary and confirmed by Andy to be excellent at the Thai Aree Chowathon.

Tonight, having worked late, and being in no mood to cook dinner or order in bad neighborhood Chinese, I decided to belly up to the bar at Chef Dreschler's eponymous cafe and give homage to the burger which I have turned my nose up at so many times in of more complex and heavier entrees.

Prior to ordering, clearly being one of those in the beer and burger camp,I chose a Pilsner Urquell to accompany my dinner. It went down way too smoothly and was quickly followed by a second.

Before I get to the burger, I must digress. In order for my burger experience to be satisfying, my burger must bleed. To me, their is nothing grander among simple pleasures than the flavor of freshly ground beef, lightly seasoned and seared on a thin bed of kosher salt.

Erwin's burger arrived at my table looking more like a fat nugget of beef rather than a ubiquitous pre-formed patty. Served on a quality Kaiser roll, the beef was well seasoned and perfectly grilled per my instructions. Upon the first bite, yet another dress shirt was marked for special treatment at the laundry this coming week.

Andy had informed me that the Erwin burger would have some type of slight asian seasoning that accented the beef well. Indeed it did. Not being able to identify the source of this flavor and since the chef himself was sitting at the other end of the bar, I enquired only to be informed that they use a slight bit of garlic and kim chee to flavor the meat.

Not only does the flavor work. I works beautifully. The only necessary condiment was a thin smear of mustard on the fine roll. To me, that's the mark of a well prepared burger.

The Erwin burger is one of the finer burgers I have had anywhere. And, it, like any other twelve dollar burger, should be one fine burger.

The only down side to Erwin's burger is that it comes with these fat chubby fries instead of my preferred classic frites.

The Erwin Burger is certainly a nice change of pace. While it may seem expensive on its face, the price is comparable to what I would have dropped on bad Chinese including delivery charge and tip.

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