Welcome to the neighborhood, Edzo’s

You’ll be shocked to know that I wasn’t in the mood for a burger today.

Adrienne said: Hey, there’s this burger place opening up down the street, and we should give it a try.

Like I said, I wasn’t in the mood, but whatever. A new burger place? Bring it on.

When we walked in to Edzo’s, I was suddenly in the mood for a burger. Now I’m not usually into those fancy, trendy burger places with the very strange concoctions and tall burgers. Places like The Counter, with dijon balsamic sauce and dried cranberries. Those can be some tasty meals, for sure, but for me, a burger has to be a burger. Diner-style. Road food. If you need a fork for it, it’s not a burger.

So I’m happy to say this Edzo’s place that just opened a location in Lincoln Park was perfect. Succulent, diner-style burgers, hand-cut fries, and shakes. Oh, man, the shakes. I’m going to have to go back for another shake. I’m also interested in trying some of their fries — we just had the plain fries, which were outstanding. But someone else had some with a bunch of toppings, and it looked even better.

So welcome to the neighborhood, Edzo’s. We’ll be back.

Edzo's Burger Shop opened a location in Lincoln Park -- just down the street from where we live.

 

Great burgers (just how I like them) at Edzo's in Lincoln Park.

 

Burger, fries, and a shake at Edzo's.

 

Glad I got a chocolate shake. I'll be back for more.

Green River, Utah

Poor Utah. There’s something kind of sad about Utah. Especially its beer.

But the terrible fact about Utah is that you sometimes have to drive through it to get somewhere else.

We consoled ourselves with wonderful (but expensive) cheeseburgers at Ray’s Tavern.

Ray's Tavern, Green River, Utah

If you're in Green River, Utah, and you need some food, you might end up here.

Ray's Tavern, Green River, Utah.

Ray's Tavern is ready for Christmas.

Ray's Tavern, Green River, Utah.

At over $8, the burgers at Ray's are a little pricey. But they're very tasty. The beer, though, is only OK. It's kind of cute that Utah even bothers to sell beer. Poor Utah.

Ray's Tavern, Green River, Utah

The girfriend says Ray's gets extra points for offering mayonnaise with the burgers without asking. I don't understand mayonnaise.

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Union Station: A

One of the things I hate most in the world is a small and/or local business that doesn’t take credit cards. Attention, business owners: You need to make it as easy as possible for me to spend money at your place. But sometimes things work out for the best.

We went to Spud Melvin’s Chicago Hot Dogs because we were out in the world and needed some food, but since they didn’t take credit cards, we took our business to Union Station, which is in the same complex as the excellent and outstanding Medicine Shoppe.

First of all, it’s a dark bar. And dark is good. Bars need to be dark. Since it’s my day off from work, it didn’t occur to me that there was a murder here a couple days ago. Weird.

Second, their happy hour is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., one of the longest happy hours I’ve ever seen. Well-done, Union Station. If I ever need to get my drink on before noon, I know where to go.

Happy Hour at Union Station

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour. God bless you, Union Station

I ordered the half-pound smothered burrito. The girlfriend ordered a burger. Despite being served on a paper plate with plastic utensils, the food was good. For bar food, it was outstanding. Adrienne says the burger was a little overcooked, but the fact that they offered mayonnaise with it sort of makes up for it. As for my meal, I have no complaints. The burrito even had jalapenos in it. Perfect. And with a pitcher of PBR, extra-perfect. And before rush-hour traffic: Extra-extra-perfect.

Union Station burger

The burger, with fries (and mayonnaise)

Union Station burrito

Why is this picture so blurry? Because it's a dark bar, like we said earlier. Cut us some slack.

So the bar was dark, and the food was good. What else? Turns out that Jag Panzer plays there. Who’s Jag Panzer? Good question. Jag Panzer is only the very first band I ever saw in concert. Next time they’re at Union Station, I’m there.

Anything else? Oh, their menu had a lot of typos and misspellings in it. But you know what? I’m off the clock, so it doesn’t matter.


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