Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ditka's -- The Verdict

It would be easy to compose a snarky review about restaurants owned by former coaches or athletes. Add in a tourist-friendly location and visit at the height of Christmas shopping season, and the Review-O-Matic was already half-way done. But not so fast. Despite a presentation that erred on the "boring, white bread, tourist trappy" side, the proof is in the taste. And, as a whole, our reviewers loved it. "Shockingly good," "so close to perfect," "a great burger." Everyone loved the flavor, beef-to-bun ratio, and condiments. "Heaven on a bun," one noted. Despite one reviewer's dings for sloppy handling of the "Steakhouse" selection (onions, mushrooms, and sauces -- oh my!), the biggest criticism were pedestrian fries. Close to greatness, which is more that can be said about the Bears these days. Low of 74; high of 88 (twice!); average of 83.

"Kobe" Burger -- $15; The "Fridge" Burger -- $11; Coach's Steakhouse Burger -- $11

Wednesday, December 16, 2009