Grange Hall Burger Bar
Neighborhood: Meatpacking District
Address: 844 West Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607
Phone Number: (312) 491-0844
Price Range: $10-17
Our Rating: 4.8 out of 5
What We Tried: PBR, Pumpkin Old Fashioned, Mac N’ Cheese appetizer, The Ultimate, and the Michigan Berries and Brie Burger
Our Take: We happened upon Grange Hall Burger Bar on a serendipitous Indian summer evening, in search of good drinks and a better bite to eat; something casual, but cultured. Bingo! Grange Hall is down the street from one of Chicago’s most famous burgers, Au Cheval, but doesn’t deserve a comparison. We tried the cheeseburgers at Au Cheval before a Josh Ritter concert last year, and don’t get me wrong, the burgers earned a solid two thumbs up, but if you can’t get in at Au Cheval—and you probably won’t—keep walking. Grange Hall is just as good.
I ordered the pumpkin-flavored seasonal drink of the day, which was so good that it should be a permanent item on the menu. Since pumpkin spice is the Girl Scout cookie of flavorings, though, I made sure to order one more drink…before it goes away again, you know? Our Mac and Cheese appetizer, which came with potato chips crumbled on top, was lighter than expected and perfect for what it was mean to be—a starter. Because we had to save room for the burgers, in my case, a medium-rare blackberry and brie sensation, and in Alex’s case, a caramelized-onion bacon triumph that he ordered for the arugula.
I should also mention that Grange Hall is Chicago’s only Farm to Table Burger Bar dedicated to grass-fed beef and local fruits and vegetables. Oh, and it was voted one of Chicago Magazine‘s best new restaurants. Plus, the waitstaff is hilarious.