Hamburger Mary’s

May 7, 2010 at 3:48 pm 1 comment

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,

Oh, how your burgers grew!

In my belly, it’s so swelly,

Now that I’m tasting your brew.

It’s spring in Chicago and that means it is perfect open-window weather (as is most of the summer, too). Only problem is, around lunch and dinnertime an aroma from all the Clark Street restaurants comes wafting in our windows, which makes one both hungry and very tempted to eat out. It is usually the smell of burgers that is so tempting, but we are never certain if it is coming from La Tache (they used to serve a good burger, but we haven’t been back since they changed their menu), Huey’s Hot Dogs (they also serve burgers), or  Hamburger Mary’s. We usually opt for Mary’s because they serve tasty burgers and home brews in a fun atmosphere.

In the almost three years we have lived down the street from Hamburger Mary’s, they have undergone some changes and expansion, but have always kept a variety of delicious 1/2-pound burgers on their menu.  One of Mary’s many quirks are the women’s stilettos and pumps in which they bring your check; although, it has been a while since we have seen a woman’s shoe on our table, so they not be doing this anymore.  We have also seen Mary’s Burger of the Month come and go over the past few years, but are glad to see it is back for now. Even without the monthly special, there are always plenty of other interesting menu options. Some of our favorites are: Steakhouse Burger (pictured above) with A1 sauce, melted provolone, grilled portobella mushrooms, and crispy red onion strings; Barbara-Q Bacon Cheeseburger with onion rings, BBQ sauce, bacon, and cheddar & jack cheeses; Buffy (The Burger Slayer) with red wine sauce, swiss cheese, and garlic aioli; and, Philly Cheesesteak Burger (pictured below) with swiss & jack cheeses, grill onions & peppers, and crispy red onion strings. Because these burgers are so hefty, we always split one and order an appetizer or a side. Mary’s also has several Stuffed Burgers, but we have found these are too messy for sharing. In addition to the burgers, one thing that keeps us coming back are the tasty fries – full cut, well seasoned, and a little bit of crunch – which you can also order loaded with chili, cheese, green onions, and a dollop of sour cream.  There is much more than burgers and fries on their menu, but we’ve done little exploration other than some starters…most of which were just okay.

About a year ago, Mary’s expanded into the adjoining space and opened a small brewery and sports bar called the Rec Room. Prior to the Rec Room, Mary’s beer selection was lacking, but their home brews have definitely bumped this place up a notch on our list. Two of their regular beers we enjoy are the Mary Hoppins (Pale Ale) and Gangster (Hopped-up Amber Ale). And, finally, Mary’s Attic (located directly above Hamburger Mary’s) is for the late nighters in our hood, but we have yet to venture upstairs to see what all the hooting and hollering is about. On karaoke nights, we can sometimes hear a few divas from our flat!

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,

Oh, how I’ll miss you so!

When we’ve moved, and can no longer behoove

Ourselves there to go.


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All things round and flat… Burgers in North Oak Cliff

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  • 1. Burgers in North Oak Cliff « Balmoral Bites  |  May 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    […] in May 2010, our last entry was written about the burger joint at the end of our block in Chicago, Hamburger Mary’s. We thought it fitting to restart the blog with another burger post, so we set out to find the best […]


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