Goose Island Brew Pub
"The basket of pretzels is great for an appetizer and the cheddar burger is the best in the city. Good selection of house brews too. Friendly staff and good prices."
Hackney's Printers Row
"The food is super-fresh and really tasty. The blue cheese burger and patty melt are my favorites. Also, always get the fried onion thing, ordered 'loose' and 'extra crispy' with barbecue sauce."
Illinois Bar & Grill
"Ordered a round of burgers, beers and wings one night at this place with co-workers. All I could say between mouthfuls of food was, 'Wow.' This place is a great place for lunch or after work. Make sure you have a decent-sized appetite if you order the burger. Last time I saw a slab of meat this size, it was grazing."
"The Blackie burger with cheddar is one of the best burgers in town. The spuds for the appetizer were another delectable treat. And the prices are hard to beat. Service was lightning quick and friendly. Cheap beer too."
Local Option/Local Shack
"Yum, yum, yum, yum. The burgers are insanely good, especially with olive salad. And the fries are the crispiest, most perfect I've ever had."
Pete Miller's Steakhouse
"Great food. Even the bread that comes with your meal is amazing! The steaks and hamburgers are very good, and the seafood is fantastic. Definitely worth a few repeat visits."
"Great burgers-mini or full size. Great fries and good clam chowder when available. Great choice of beers, single malts and other liquors. As long as there's Guinness and good burgers, I'll continue coming back."
"A fun place to hang out with friends and watch the games. The best bar food I've ever had. Their burgers and quesadillas are awesome."
"The best burger in the area. The chicken sandwich is great too. Fresh, homemade fries. The biggest beer garden I've ever seen."
"The stuffed burger is why I keep going-it is like a 'banquet on a bun.' Lots of celebs too. I saw Mel Gibson shooting pool once!"
Zig Zag Kitchen
"This is a terrific restaurant! I only had a burger, but it was the best one I've had in a long time."
Compiled by Christine Badowski
Originally published Dec. 5, 2002.