A Quick Bite at DMK Burger Bar


DMK burger patties are thin.

Bring up good hamburgers in Chicago, and DMK Burger Bar is likely to crop up almost every time. I was curious to try it and got together a group of girlfriends recently to take on the menu — from the mac and cheese to the infamous burgers.

One thing that distinguishes a DMK burger from others right away is the thickness of its patty. The patties are thin and cooked medium — that’s the deal. No exceptions that I saw, and there were enough of us dining that evening to order almost everything on the menu. The waitress even mentioned the thin patties — still I was thrown a bit when my bison burger, topped with fresh goat cheese, pickled red onions, and blueberry BBQ Sauce, was thin. A bison burger shouldn’t be thin, should it? Especially with all of those unique toppings.

Regardless of their lack of heft, all of the burgers I tried were tasty, including the marinated portobello, with blue brie, ¬†scallions, and dijonnais; and the classic with iceberg lettuce, tomato, raw onion, bread and butter pickles, mayo, and choice of cheese. ¬†I’ve also heard the veggie burgers are good, although we didn’t try one. (Note: Any burger on the menu can be made a veggie burger.) But are they Chicago’s best burgers? I don’t think so.

Mac and Cheese

The mac and cheese at DMK comes fully loaded and there are several options to choose from.

Now the Parmesan truffle cream fries — those are worth a big shout out. They are so good that they’re worth going to DMK for. I also enjoyed the mac and cheese. There was some disagreement at the table as to which was better — the aged cheddar with Parmesan crust or the Gruyere, smoked bacon, charred balsamic and red onion, but I think both were quality, and it just comes down to personal preference — do you like your cheese sharp or mild? Also the macaroni part of DMK’s macaroni and cheese wasn’t macaroni at all, but a corkscrew pasta that I think holds topping and cheese better than macaroni.

For dessert we had chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches. Fun in concept, but not standout.

If you’re in the mood for a beer when you go to DMK, ask the staff for recommendations and sample their favorites. They know their stuff and thanks to them, I unearthed a new favorite myself — Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Ale, a dark, complex brew that’s well-balanced.

Note that DMK doesn’t take reservations, so go early. The staff is very accommodating and with the burgers ringing in at $8 each (with a few specialty exceptions), the combo of good service and good food priced right makes for a fun, affordable evening.

And now seafood lovers can enjoy the DMK experience too! Apparently, the folks from DMK opened a new fish place in Lakeview yesterday, and I can’t wait to try it. The Fish Bar, located right next door to DMK at 2956 N Sheffield Ave, serves up seafood fare in a variety of regional styles.

DMK Burger Bar
2954 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 360-8686