Double Cheeseburger ($5.89)
Unlike the Evanston location, which serves both grilled and griddled burgers, this location only serves the latter. "There's not enough room for the char burgers," said Eddie. "Plus, they take longer to cook, and they are the item that most often gets sent back, because people are very particular about doneness." If you're craving an extra big burger, you can always stack them. In fact, the double actually might have a better burger to bun ratio.
The location isn't as big, but there are still a lot of cooks in the kitchen. The menu is straightforward, but there are no shortcuts. Each item, from the burgers to the milkshakes, is prepared to order.
Each burger is tossed on the hot surface, smashed until thin, and then seasoned liberally. This leads to a remarkably caramelized and crispy crust. Oh, and on the right you can see the hand-cut fries waiting for their second fry.
The Dining Room
It's surprising how much the new space feels like the original, even though the Lincoln Park space is relatively new. Eddie had to find creative ways to make it seem more lived in. "We didn't want to tear it up to make it look old," he said, "so we had to add some pieces to give it some character." He actually enjoyed this part of the project, finding it a good excuse to look at vintage and antique shops.
Tray of Edzo's Burgers and Fries
Everything that is great about Edzo's is showcased in the single. A beautifully grilled patty is draped in American cheese and topped with a soft bun.
You can top the fries with all manner of different things, including cheese sauce, chili, and gravy, but Eddie actually prefers the fries straight up. "I like the fries plain. That way you can really taste that we use fresh potatoes." Indeed, they are creamy inside, with a great crispy crust.
The counter was actually here before they moved in, but it was painted and a formica countertop was added.
The burger shop will be open all this week, but it will close for the holiday break. Currently, it's only open until 4 p.m., though there are plans to stay open until 8 p.m. in the future.