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[Photograph: Joe Roy]

As far as recently opened Chicago burger chains go, Epic Burger is my favorite. Their relatively thin-pattied burgers are balanced and flavorful, and their fries are pretty good, too. But although the menu seems to operate on a KISS philosophy, there are options for the non-ground beef inclined as well. The Chicken Breast Sandwich ($5.99) comes on the same oatmeal-flecked bun as the burgers, and as long as you ask, will be topped with lettuce, tomato, pickle, Epic Sauce, and grilled or raw onions. As far as chicken breasts go, this one is relatively tender, with plenty of crunch-producing char to make up for the cut's inherent dryness. The real draw, though, are the toppings. Fresh and crisp, these vegetables would brighten any sandwich they were party to. A few slices of rich and crispy Bacon ($0.99) didn't hurt things, either.

Epic Burger

550 W Adams Street Chicago, IL 60661 (map) and multiple Chicago locations
312-382-0400
epicburger.com

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