Re:Cheeseburger cravings. Looking for Chicago area recs. Thanks.
Charcoal Delights does a decent business considering they are surrounded (within a one mile radius) by Paradise Pup, Mr. Pup, The Choo-Choo, Brandy's, and every chain burger joint known to man, including McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Steak & Shake, and, by the beginning of this summer, Culver's (Yay).
Charcoal Delights would not be my first choice among the named independents, and wouldn't even rank above Culver's or Steak & Shake as far as I'm concerned. To me, their burgers have that "processed" taste you find in many indpendents who aren't focused on quality. They taste like a low grade frozen patty as opposed to Paradise Pup's fresh, hand formed burger.
After Paradise Pup, I would go to Mr. Pup for their extensive menu, very reasonable prices, and their amazing steak fries. In fact, a burger from Paradise Pup coupled with an order of Mr. Pup's fries would be the perfect burger meal for me. Unfortunately, by the time I picked up from both places and made my way home, I don't think either item would hold up very well to the travel time. Hmmm, maybe if I send Mrs. Roadhouse to Mr. Pup for the fries while I go to PP for the burgers, and then we meet in the middle at home we might just have something...