The Anthem

Monday, January 5, 2015
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The Anthem – 1725 W. Division St, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Burger:
Jucy Lucy
Serviettes:
8
Dress Code:
Casual
Sleepiness:
12 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$10.99 USD
Summary

Just like Australians, the Americans are super passionate about sport – in all shapes and sizes. The Anthem has dedicated itself to sports fans by providing belt loosening comfort food that will hold you whilst your team loses yet another thriller. Their extensive beer and cocktail list will then make you forget about all those woes and get you ready for the next game. They’ve got huge screens everywhere so you can soak in the glory or wallow in sorrow. So, it’s really easy to get a love/hate thing going with this 70s neon Sports Bar. When it comes to Chicago critics however, they can’t stop raving about the place opened ever since 2011. One of the reasons they’re so famous is their Jucy Lucy. Originally an invention out of Minneapolis the Chicago locals have made it their own. In between two three-ounce patties lies an ounce and a half of Velveeta cheese, there’s caramelised onions, sweet horseradish pickles and a buttery bun – that’s it. I sat in front of three big screens, watched the Baltimore Ravens throw a ball, then ordered the “local celebrity” that is the Jucy Lucy.

Comments
“This is a Sports Bar on steroids. Hoots and hollers were more than welcome but I kept my mouth shut so as to prepare for the hype that was their Jucy Lucy. It arrived looking like a hot mess even before I got into it. There was so much cheese ooze pouring out I carefully placed a doubled up napkin on my lap and hoped for the best. The first bite was good – really pink and soft for the medium they said they would cook it. But I hadn’t hit the cheese yet. The second bite was going to be the most important. That’s when it happened. The water fall of cheese that flooded my mouth was madness. Never had I experienced such a Cheese-nami. It was smooth and silky like a disgraced Italian news reader. I’d never had Velveeta before but I imagine it was big in the 70s with the fondu folk. Was it all necessary though? I’m not so sure. This style of burger for me is adventurous but what I think tends to happens is that it puts the cheese on a pedestal, and the patty on a dental chair (at the lowest setting). Good for the casual beer and bite but add a winning/losing team and some jugs and you’ll probably find it amazing.”


Middle Park Hotel

Monday, April 19, 2010
Middle Park Hotel – 102 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park,
Victoria, Australia
Burger:
Wagyu Beef Burger
Serviettes:
1
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
Sleepiness:
10 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area
Price:
$22
Summary

Originally built in 1889 and reborn in 2009 as the Middle Park Hotel (previously Gunn Island Hotel), we sat surrounded by monogrammed carpet, wood panelling, moose antlers and sporting memorabilia. The menu features plenty of meat and classic English dishes. On the bar menu you will find a Wagyu Beef burger featuring a sesame seed brioche bun, onion marmalade, lettuce, tomato pickle and huge chips.

Comments
“First of all the burger has a fantastically cooked and seasoned Wagyu beef pattie and an unique onion marmalade that has a peppery bite to it. As for the rest, I wasn’t that impressed. From the bun that was a little dry and too big, to the very disappointing chips/wedges – too big, no seasoning, no flavour, no good.”
“After tasting the beef on its own, I removed the lettuce and tomato as they were only getting in the way of it’s amazing flavour. There was a really great spice to the marmalade as well. Matching Ralph Lauren polos on the staff look great.”
“A pub burger with two great features: the Wagyu beef pattie and onion marmalade. There was a good amount of lettuce and fresh tomato. The downside to it all was the bun and thick wedges. There was way too much bread and I would have preferred it toasted. The wedges were oily and too thick. We also ordered shoestring fries ($6) and they did not dissapoint. I say get rid of the wedges and put the fries on the side.”

“Whoever had the idea of adding Horseradish should get a raise.”


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