Have you experienced any of these places before and if so your thoughts? I have visited Chicago on a few occasions but never experienced a burger there yet if so –
Chefs Burger Bistro will definitely be on my list!
Austin: Porter Ale House
The burger here is serious business: the patty itself is made with freshly ground short rib, filet and hanger steak, and it comes topped with triple-cream brie, crisp pancetta and kettle chips. With addictive fries on the side, it’s worth the $14.
Boston: Craigie on Main
A thing of legend. Even before everyone in Boston caught on to the idea that, yes, you can put a chef-y spin on the all-American burger, James Beard award winner Tony Maws of Craigie on Main was offering his burger of grass-fed beef ($17) topped with Shelburne Farm cheddar, mace ketchup, and, if you’re up to it, a fried egg or house-smoked bacon.
Houston: Mockingbird Bistro
Mockingbird Bistro’s elegant old-school take on fine dining also encompasses their burger, which has an option of adding a fat piece of seared foie gras on top ($32 with foie, $16 without). The patty, not to be outdone, is composed of the American equivalent to Kobe beef, set in between a rich onion bun and served with an array of pickles and frites with a housemade garlic aïoli for dipping.
Miami: Bâoli Miami
This swanky South Beach restaurant-turned-nightclub offers its signature Kobe beef Bâoli Burger for $65 (the most expensive in the city), which is made with foie gras, black truffle slices and sandwiched between warm brioche bread.
NYC: Villard Michel Bistro or DB – Foie Gras Burger
The $26 Villard Burger at the Palace Hotel bistro is essentially the same one chef Michel Richard offers at his other restaurants in DC and elsewhere, featuring a high-quality meat blend, an olive-oil brioche bun, tomato confit, and homemade garlic mayo with a crunchy potato tuile on top. Problem is, if you want a taste of it in NYC, you’ll have to pay an extra $8.
Philadelphia: Village Whiskey
The patty at Jose Garces’ Village Whiskey is good enough on its own, but – if you’re in the mood for a rich bite – the addition of foie gras does make it better. The $26 Whiskey King burger is also topped with maple-bourbon-glazed cipollini onions, Rogue blue cheese and applewood bacon.