Au Cheval is located on West Randolph Street in the West Loop section of town right across the street from Girl And The Goat. . .this is prime feeding territory cuz GATG is GREAT!
Anyway, back to Au Cheval…this place is simply a slick, cozy, and happenin’ pub offering fabulous beverages and tasty pub grub…the music is at a good volume…the vibe is relaxed yet a bit scintillating…and the smell is alluring with the kitchen right behind the bar cooking endless burgers, strips of bacon, and fried chicken. . .damn, we are glad to be here–mmmm, aaaahh!!
The burger is thee thang here…it comes in “single” and “double” sizes–but the single has two patties and the double has three patties. . .under-promise, over-deliver…we like this–jaaaa!!
Before the burgers we start with a couple of appetizers: a chopped salad and an order of the chopped liver. . .served up choppitychoplikketysplit. The chopped salad is refreshing, hearty and delicious. . .the chopped liver is served with a side of lardo and a pile of lovely buttery toast–this baby is DELECTABLE…I inhale it all with no problem at all…almost makes me forget about the chopped liver at Katz’s in New York…almost.
Next up are our burgers…my wife does the ‘single’ and I do the ‘double’ with bacon and a fried egg–yowza! Both of these babies are extremely tasty and mouthwateringly good. . .my double has three thin patties of meat, gooey cheese, pickles, some kind of special sauce, thick delectable bacon strips, and a sunnyside fried egg…all served on a sweet shiny brioche bun…I add some mustard, mash it all together, and eat it joyfully until there is not one morsel left except the drippings that I clean up with the wonderful side of french fries that we have wisely included with our meal. We wash all this meaty goodness down with a bottle of Portuguese tempranillo. . .veddy niiiiiiice!
I even have room for dessert once I hear that they are serving housemade strawberry sorbet…one order is two large scoops that we ingest with no problem at all…delicious.
So, is this the number one burger in all of Chicago? I don’t know. Is it an extremely satisfying meat experience served up in a cozy and happenin’ atmosphere? Yes, it most indubitably is. Personally, I prefer one thicker 6-ounce patty of high quality meat cooked a perfect medium rare. . .this three-patty burger is served medium with a lot of meat and drippiness that I can live with, but it is not my favorite way to enjoy a burger. Yet, with all of the extras that come with this baby: the wonderful bacon, the wonderful egg, the wonderful cheese, the special sauce, the sweet bun, etc., the Au Cheval burger is well worth the experience, and I definitely want to eat it again and again and again. . .and do the fried chicken as well the next time we pop in here–EAT IT ALL!
You can expect to wait to eat here…just put your name on the list, go somewhere up the block for a drink or three, and you will be seated in just under 2 hours. . .ah well, all part of the happenin’ experience and worth it, I would say.
I send you drippingly juicy and savory vibes from Au Cheval in the West Loop of Chi-town. . .feel them. . .they will make your end-of-the-night shower more enjoyable and necessary than usual.
It’s lovely out there.