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Decent medium-rare burger sighting (Andersonville)

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Decent medium-rare burger sighting (Andersonville)

Bob S. | Oct 5, 2003 11:40 PM

Last night, after an early show at the Abbey Pub, I had a burger craving; after a couple of Metromix and Reader searches on my cell phone's browser, I decided my best bet was two blocks from my apartment -- T's, on the corner of Winnemac and Clark.I asked the waiter, "What do I get if I ask you for a rare burger?" and he backed off a little -- "There are limits, we can't give you anything too rare," that sort of thing. I backed off myself, and asked for another minute or two, but decided to go with the burger craving and make a plea."Just ask the guys in back to make it as rare as they can, would you? Whatever I get is fine, but if you could ask them, I'd appreciate it." Since I was up front in the nonsmoking section, which is near the window into the kitchen, I heard him indeed ask for a burger as rare as they could.Only a few minutes later, a plate came out with a large burger. I took a bite: Sure enough, a juicy, pink medium-rare. From that perspective alone, one of the best burgers I've had in way too long.I got the burger with bacon, cheddar, and grilled onions (the last of which I'll leave off next time; they were fine but unnecessary since the burger was properly cooked and plenty juicy). Having been there just the once, I'll stop short of calling it a destination spot, but I can't imagine going anywhere *else* for a burger while I'm living here. (While the place is open until 2 most nights and 3 on weekends, the kitchen closes nightly at midnight.)The fries, incidentally, were uneven but generally very good, with most having that crisp outside and molten inside. Going to Vienna Beef joints, I forget there are still good fries.Speaking of Vienna Beef joints, today included a side trip to Huey's in Andersonville, where I got Big Jim's Double Cheese Dog, fries, and a strawberry shake. Seems like a pretty nice place; three kids were behind the counter when I was there. The dog was fine, the fries standard VB issue, the shake decent (although they do the annoying Chicago thing of using vanilla ice cream and flavored syrup, but at least they use real ice cream). At $8, I thought it a bit pricey, but the shake threw it off, admittedly.

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