Holy sweet tap dancing Jesus on a pogo stick! Yesterday we got lunch at Paradise Pup, a local hamburger hot spot. We've driven by there many times around the lunch hour only to see lines of people trailing out of and around this little 800-square-foot building. We'd also heard tell of how legendary the burgers are, and how far people in the area will drive to get them.
And then there's their feature on Food Network's Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives:
So we got the '1/3 Char Cheddar Burger.' And holy moley is that the best burger I ever ate. It's a 1/3 pound hamburger, char grilled with Merks cheddar cheese. We got them with everything, which included ketchup, mayo, thick sliced pickels, tomato (which I took off, tomatoes are gross!), and grilled onions. The burgers were so juicy and full of goodness that the meat juice was dripping out of the foil-lined wrapper they put them in.
Brandi's dad got a hot dog that looked equally good. As soon as I was done I wanted to go back and get some more, but I restrained myself.
It pains me to think that we have been living approximately 8 blocks from this place for two years and we haven't gotten over there until yesterday. We'll definately be going back, and if you're ever in Chicago, I would recommend taking a trip out to Des Plaines to sample the deliciousness that is Paradise Pup.
Excuse me, but I have to go get a towel for all the drool.