of The Cheese Burger Show focuses on how to make your own great Burger at home. Kevin Pang visits with Gary Wivviot, one of the founding members of LTHForum, and author of a new book on DIY Barbecue called "Low and Slow". Gary and I don't always see eye to eye on matters of fire, smoke, and meat, but I have to admit that he has some good tips for grilling your own Burgers. The second half of the show features chef Graham Elliot Bowles creating his ultimate fantasy burger in the kitchen of his north side restaurant.
At the end of the regular video there is a bonus video of an uncensored, unedited hidden camera recording of the late night crowd at The Wiener's Circle. I haven't watched that part of the video yet, but I have been to TWC in the wee hours, and I can tell you it is not for the sensitive or the faint of heart. Watch that part of the video at your own risk.
Today's print version of The Cheese Burger Show, in the Tribune, reviews a couple of south side fixtures, Schoop's, based out of northwest Indiana, and Phil's Kastle Hamburgers on 95th Street in the city. Schoops makes a Steak N Shake/Winstead's style burger; starting with a meat ball that gets smooshed down on the grill creating a crispy, lacy deep brown, flavorful edge. The burgers are bigger than anything served at either SNS or Winstead's, and frankly a little tastier either one (sorry to all my friends in Kansas City, I love Winstead's and it pains me to say it, but it's true).
I haven't been to Phil's, but based on the review, I'm tempted. Maybe if our southside representative, nocarolina will join me, I might make the trek.
14 locations in NW Indiana
4 locations in NE Illinois Phil's Kastle Hamburgers
3532 E. 95th Street
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