TGI Fry-Day: Chili-Rubbed Onion Strings from DMK Burger Bar

TGI Fry-Day

Reviews of fried food in Chicago.


[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Onion strings on a burger are usually a lose-lose. The batter tends to overpower any hint of actual onion flavor, leaving you feeling greasy and ashamed. If I want chalky, oil-drowned ribbons of batter on my burger, I'll run it over to Long John Silvers, thank you very much. But somehow, the Chili-Rubbed Onion Strings ($5.00) from DMK Burger Bar are so good, you can happily order them on their own.

These onion strings are a master course on how all restaurants should be doing them. Restraint in the amount of batter used and their short fry time means that the crunchy, salty onions are the star of the show. But the biggest shocker was the house ketchup—a tangy, spicy, just-a-hint-of-sweetness specimen that has me almost reconsidering my stance on the condiment (almost). I've yet to try DMK's namesake burger, but after coveting the serious sear on the ones being delivered all around me, one of their burgers is definitely in my immediate future. And I know just what I'm going to top it with.

DMK Burger Bar

2954 N Sheffield Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 (map)