Newly added to the West Loop, this restaurant has been said to have crafted the best burger in Chicago. Obviously, I had to check it out.
Located in the basement under its sister restaurant Smyth, The Loyalist offers a chill spot to have a few drinks, eat some great food, and hang out with friends. That is to say if you are seated at a booth or private table. This restaurant has communal tables for small groups and walk-ins. Maybe it’s a good thing. You might make some new friends, but if you’re like me you’ll just eat a great burger without any elbow room. Yes, I just hinted at the quality of the burger but let me finish talking about the atmosphere of the place. It’s pretty dark and a little loud, but all-in-all a great place to unwind. While our server was excellent and very attentive, I feel like it took quite a while for our food to come out. It was at least 35 minutes between ordering and eating.
This burger was so good that I had to remind myself to breathe about halfway through
eating devouring it. The first thing I noticed was the cheese. It’s amazing, and as it turns out they make it in-house. They also make the pickled cucumbers and onions, plus the onion infused mayo too. And just in case you don’t have enough onion flavor they add onions to the top of this masterpiece. Side note: if you absolutely hate onions this burger might not be for you. The beef was juicy despite being twin thin patties.
I loved every bit of this burger except for the sesame seed bun. I just felt like there were too many sesames. If on my next visit there are slightly fewer sesame seeds that would be great.
So, this burger was awesome. It was filling, tasty, and while somewhat expensive ($16) completely worth it. Oh and the fries stand on their own. Definitely, try those.
I would and have recommended this burger to pretty much everyone I know.
More burger reviews are on the way including the famous Au Cheval burger. Stay tuned.
Editor’s Note: This review was written in September 2016 and not published until December 2016.
Address: 177 N Ada St #101, Chicago, IL 60607
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