Dinner Plans: Wheel House's Luxe Burgers

—Elle Eichinger
Photography by Samantha Murphy
November 30, 2012 | Homepage Latest The Latest

Tucked onto the oft-overlooked block of Southport Avenue in West Lakeview is Wheel House, the perfect place for a Friday night dinner with friends or beers on game day. (The Arkansas Razorbacks, Auburn Tigers, and of course, Chicago Bears, dominate Wheel House's TVs, and the resto keeps up-to-date schedules for each posted on its website.)

A bona-fide sports bar that stays true to its Wrigleyville roots, Wheel House dubs each of the gourmet burgers on its extensive menu for Chicago baseball greats: Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Harry Caray, and—recently—Theo Epstein. Most popular, though, is the Ernie Banks burger, made of grass-fed beef and topped with bacon, pulled pork, caramelized apples, pickled red onion relish, and smothered with barbecue sauce. While the beef burgers offer a slew of interesting and gourmet toppings, the selection of wild game burgers, like bison, elk, lamb, and wild boar, are also worth a go. You’ll want to save room for sides and appetizers, too. Even the simplest get an epicurean twist, like the house-made onion rings’ caramelized onion aioli dipping sauce.

Complement your casual-yet-upscale meal with any of the 75 beers Wheel House offers. We recommend on-draft customer favorites like the Belgian Delirium Tremens or San Diego’s Lagunitas Lil Sumpin’. For a stronger sip, try a lesser-known scotch or whiskey such as Laguvulin or Kilbeggan. 3553 N. Southport Ave., 773-325-0123

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