Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Meat Heads (Bloomington, IL)

305 N. Veterans Pky, Suite 107, Bloomington, Illinois 61704, T: 309-661-8866

According to their website, "Meat Heads is a simple concept that focuses on serving high quality burgers, fresh cut fries and beverages in a stylish and casual atmosphere." They opened their first restaurant in Bloomington, IL in 2007 and have since opened two more franchises and are planning at least 4 new ones (all in Illinois). The set-up looks suspiciously like the Five Guys chain: both chains only have fresh burgers, fries (reg and cajun) and beverages. However, unlike Five Guys, which only offers build-your-own burgers, Meat Head offers six "signature burgers" (mostly burger versions of famous sandwiches, like the Philly and the NY Ruben).

I went for The Meathead, a double patty with the classic vegetables, but exchanged the various sauces (ketchup, mustard, mayo) for bbq sauce and added bacon ($.50) and fresh jalapeno! I also got a regular portion of cajun fries ($1.50). Clearly, the Meat Heads didn't only steal the looks of Five Guys, they also rival their high quality. The burger was very tasty, even though the patties were thinner than at Five Guys (hence, I advice to take the double patty!), and the cajun fries were even more tasty.

VERDICT: 89/100
Meat Heads might not be the most original place, or offer the broadest choice, but what they do, they do very well. Everything is fresh and tasty!

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