Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Billy Goat Tavern (Chicago, IL)
O'Hare Airport, Terminal 1-Concourse C, Chicago, IL, T: 773-462-9368
Billy Goat Tavern is a Chicago legend, established in 1934, and currently counting almost 10 locations in and around the city (and one in D.C.). It is particularly known, or in American term "world famous", for its "cheeseborger". The menu list a broad variety of burgers (distinguished by number of patties; from 1 to 3) and meat sandwiches.
I went to the Billy Goat at Chicago's O'Hare airport, which (to be fair), might not provide the best food of all locations. I ordered a triple hamburger $5.49), regular fries ($1.79), and a 24oz soda ($1.99). The fries were soggy and undercooked. :-( The burger includes three thin, dry patties on a big, dry bun... that's all! There is a small condiments bar with two types of onion and two types of pickle (i.e. cut or uncut), as well as ketchup and mustard. Overall, a big dry and tasteless burger, which I didn't even finish (too boring).
As said, I went to Billy Goat at the airport, which never have the best quality, but given that the food isn't too difficult to make, and was made fresh for me, I doubt it will be significantly better at any other location. Very disappointing!