Party Earth Review The owner of well-known Chicago restaurant MK (think sophisticated American grub at eye-popping prices) and the guy behind national chain Morton’s Steakhouse (over seventy locations and counting) hooked up one night…and... ... read full review
2954 North Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
Brown, Purple Lines: Wellington
Lakeview, Chicago –
The owner of well-known Chicago restaurant MK (think sophisticated American grub at eye-popping prices) and the guy behind national chain Morton’s Steakhouse (over seventy locations and counting) hooked up one night…and their beefy love-child was DMK Burger Bar.
Although the restaurant is perpetually busy, anyone expecting even a glimmer of MK swank inside this cavernous venue will be disappointed. In fact, the only fancy things in this industrial space are the grass-fed beef patties bursting between freshly baked buns.
Rows of sleek black tables host a wide variety of meat lovers, from rowdy university kids and preppy young professionals to average Joes, all eating and chatting between gulps of craft beer.
A larger group table lit by a pair of chic modern chandeliers provides a bit of elbow room in back, but since reservations aren’t accepted, most guests are seated at any available seat, where they can get to know their neighbors over plates of signature sweet potato fries.
Burgers are listed only by number – the 1 with smoked bacon and balsamic, the 3 topped with pastrami and gruyere, etc. – though patrons who have already worked through the fourteen-plus options can choose from the newest specials tacked next to the beer-of-the-month menu on the exposed brick walls.
Whether it’s a family with kids in tow, a festive group of young friends, or just someone with a serious protein deficiency, finding a tasty feast at DMK Burger Bar is as easy as (ordering) 1, 2, 3…
There’s one burger on the menu that isn’t just a number: the ‘Holy Guac-aioli Burger,” a messy combination of chorizo, guacamole, and chipotle aioli. And don’t forget – if you’re really hungry, you can make any burger a double for $3 or plop an egg on it for a measly buck! If you like it then you should have put an egg on it; if you like it then you should have put an egg on it!
Meat lovers, lunch buddies looking to chow down, hungry students from nearby DePaul University, young families, and blue- and white- collar burger fans alike, early 20s to mid-40s.
Two TVs showcase classic movies or sports. Mainly classic rock on the sound system.
Around fourteen unconventional burgers made with grass-fed beef and served on freshly baked buns, including veggie, turkey, and salmon burgers. All patties can be substituted with turkey or a crispy Portobello mushroom. Other menu items include a “big salad,” crunchy onion strings, creamy and wasabi coleslaw, and macaroni & cheese.
A portion of the proceeds from monthly specials are usually donated to local charities.
Second location in Oakwood/Lombard.
Reservations not accepted.
Appetizers $2–$5, burgers $9+, macaroni & cheese $7, fries $2–$6, salads $8–$11. Beer $3–$16, wine $8–$9/glass or $15–$50/bottle, cocktails $4–$11, shots $5–$8, sodas and shakes $3–$5.
Casual to business casual: sports jerseys, t-shirts, jeans, collared shirts, flip-flops, sneakers, blouses, tank tops, comfy jackets, button-downs.
Weekends for a guaranteed bustling and lively house – and a wait.
Fish Bar (2956 North Sheffield Avenue) is right next door and provides a seafood alternative to DMK's burger menu.