Roscoe Village Burger Fest

By Jonathan SooHoo

July brought the 13th annual Roscoe Village Burger Fest. This year twelve restaurants came out in the hopes of being named the Best Burger in Chicago (or this north-side neighborhood, Au Cheval didn’t show). To add to the drama, fan favorite Kuma’s Corner was noticeably absent this year. The festival is free to enter, but they do ask for a $10 donation which goes towards the cost of the festival as well as local nonprofits and charity organizations; this year the charities were animal-rescue focused. My friend and I made the bold decision to attempt to eat at least one burger or slider from every vendor, which started out quite enjoyable and ended with me in a severe food coma for several hours after getting home. And we only made it through eight. Hover over the pictures for my thoughts.


Unfortunately we didn’t get to try everything missing out on offering from Bop’nGrill, Reggies Chicago, Carol’s Pub, and the 2019 PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER The New Houndstooth Saloon. With Alabama roots, the southern-style patties and charm won over the Roscoe Village crowds.

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(Oh, and in case you were curious, here are the 2019 Top 25 burgers in Chicago according to the Chicago Tribune:

Jonathan SooHoo