If a place calls themselves EPIC, there must be a reason for it, right? Epic Burger prides itself on using never frozen, hormone free beef, freshly baked burger buns, making freshly made fried fries and a commitment to using real food stuffs i.e. real butter, real cheese, etc. Basically, a ‘better burger experience.’ I LOVE the concept of the restaurant of promoting foodstuffs that hasn’t been over processed. Now the real question is, is it really THAT epic? Does it fulfill the promise of burger epic-ness? Is there a level of burger epic-ity? Is epic-ity a real word? These are pressing questions.
The storefront is a bit small, but cozy and large. They have a system where you have to go through 2 doors to get into the restaurant. When you leave the place, the doors are so incredibly heavy that I saw 3 full grown men struggle through the door. Strange, but true.
The interior has a somewhat of a sleek decor with various word patterns painted all over. Many of the customers were hungry students from Depaul and Columbia and working professionals.
When you place your order at the counter, you are a given a number to place at your table so they can deliver your food to you. At the tables they have organic ketchup and grey poupon for customers to put on their food.
I ordered a regular epic burger combo with fries and a vanilla milkshake. The fries were pretty good, especially dipped with the organic ketchup. Upon my initial bite into a fry, I immediately thought wow, I can actually taste the potato itself and could enjoy the texture of the fry.
For my burger, I requested a whole wheat bun with grilled onions along with all the regular toppings. To be honest, I thought the burger was just OK. The burger patty was overcooked and unseasoned, though the patty was pretty big in portion. The ‘epic sauce’ wasn’t a stand out and didn’t make the burger taste any better. Edzo’s and Weiner and Still Champion make better tasting burgers than this.
The vanilla milkshake came out after my burger as it was made on a different station. I ordered it with whole milk and vanilla ice cream instead of skim milk and frozen yogurt. Life is too short, order the maximum flavor busting combo! I thought the milkshake was satisfying with the vanilla flavor coming out and wasn’t too thick or thin. I wanted to see what they used to make the milkshakes and saw that they used Horizon Organic Milk for the shake. AWKWARD! That raises MAJOR red flags for me. Horizon is known for being not so organic milk and has a host of problems associated with its milk sourcing. If you don’t believe me, please read this, this one also, that one and this too for the final nail in the coffin.
Overall, I was disappointed in Epic Burger because, well, it wasn’t epic. The burger fell flat, the fries were decent and the milkshake milk has sourcing issues. Just because you use supposedly ‘better sourced, more locally made and healthier’ foodstuffs doesn’t mean it tastes better. I was stunned about the use of Horizon milk because they pride themselves in using organic milk when in fact, Horizon has major problems with its labeling and milk practices (psst, it’s owned by Dean Foods, a mega dairy corporation). From a business point of view, it makes sense because Horizon is probably the cheapest alternative to organic milk, but unfortunately, is not really that organic.
517 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605