Just when you thought one restaurant had the corner on Chicago's best hamburgers, a list comes along with other options.
Thrillist's annual 33 Best Burgers in America names two local burgers among the nation's best, and -- rather shockingly if you're a devotee -- neither of them was Kuma's Corner, named best in the country earlier this year by the Daily Meal.
Chicago honors went to Au Cheval for a single cheeseburger with an egg, a seemingly basic option that sounds smaller than it is.
"A single is actually a double," the blog notes, "meaning your two impossibly beefy griddled patties will be enveloped in a creamy combo of cheese and Dijonnaise with just a briny hint of thinly sliced pickles. And you're getting it with an egg, because you know what is good."
This isn't the first time Thrillist put its Au Cheval love on display. Last year the West Loop restaurant's offering made the publication's list of the 5 Best Burgers in Chicago.
Owen & Engine's Slagel Farm beef burger also made the cut for nation's best, and Thrillist says the burger tastes so good, there's no need for added toppings.
"Do yourself a favor and show some restraint this time. Enjoy the perfect harmony of the three base components: a generous helping of deeply caramelized (caramelised on the menu, because, Brits) onions, a pillowy-yet-sturdy housemade potato bap (it's just a bun, be cool), and a flavor-rich patty from a combo of brisket, short rib, and chuck sourced from a local farm."
Apparently the fries with malt vinegar aioli are also amazing.