Day 51: Bonus Burger at The Bad Apple
I had a happy hour lunch at The Bad Apple on February 21st 2012
The Bad Apple in is a very neat place to say the least. With a big menu, more than a dozen craft brews on tap, and an incredibly knowledgeable staff this could very well be my new city side hang out.
I went to The Bad Apple for one reason and one reason alone. It was supposed to have Chicago’s richest, most expensive, and over the top burger. Craig the owner of the Bad Apple has taken the burger to the next level. Sure there are a few dozen Waygu beef burgers in the Chicagoland area, but how many use a 45 day dry aged prime rib of Waygu flown in from NYC once a week to make that burger? The simple answer is only one. The Bad Apple.
The Bad Apple starts serving this burger on Waygu Wednesdays and serves it through the week until it’s gone. I wanted this to be my 50th burger but logistically that was not an option. I was lucky enough that Craig put a patty aside for me as soon as the meat came in, and I was able to make it the icing on my burger adventure cake.
When I arrived I just asked for the burger. You don’t pick what you want on it because that’s the chef’s choice. Also don’t bother telling them how you want it cooked because they know better than you. I asked the bartender to pour me a beer that she thought would compliment my burger best, and she took the time to find out what the chef was topping it with before pouring me something boozy and delicious.
After a fairly short wait the city’s most expensive burger arrived. The burger was perched atop a fresh glossy pretzel bun and topped with a fresh fried egg that concealed insanely thick (3/8”) cut peppered bacon. I couldn’t wait to try this thing.
I put the top of the bun on, broke the yolk and dove right in. My first thought was, “wow this burger is dripping down my arm,” but then I tasted it. This burger was unlike any burger I had ever had. The meat, though very lightly seasoned, had a flavor like nothing I have ever eaten; very earthy, and a bit gamey in a good way. This is the only burger that I have had that has stayed super moist all the way through. There was a puddle on my plate and still plenty of juice in the burger. The bacon exploded with flavor. It was an exceptional contrast in flavor and texture to the subtleties of the beef. The fried egg was a nice touch. I personally feel that egg yolk is natures perfect sauce.
In the end this was one heck of a way to finish off my burger adventure. This is a spectacular burger, though at $26 likely prohibitively expensive to many. If you are up for it and feel that you can truly appreciate it, this is most certainly a burger worth trying.
P.S. They have a ton more beer I want to drink