Restaurant Review: Roscoe Village's John's Place offers burgers for any tastes

Restaurant Review: Roscoe Village's John's Place offers burgers for any tastes

Though I have only been an official Chicagoan for a few weeks, I think my partner and I have discovered a possible contestant for our new watering hole. Though not planned this way, we have realized that we have ended up spending our Chicago Sundays at John's Place in Roscoe Village.

It all started our first Sunday in the City when we were walking around our new neighborhood looking for something to eat. John's looked appealing and offered outdoor seating, a must for a beautiful Spring evening in the City.

So, after grabbing a couple of beers to cool off from our long walk around the area, we decided it was time to look over the menu for something delicious.

We were both in the mood for a good burger, and, to our delight, John's has several options to choose from, including veggie and turkey burgers. Since we are not vegetarians, my partner opted for the Black Jack Burger, and I opted for the Roscoe Burger. Both burgers are made with a half-pound of juicy Angus beef.

The Black Jack Burger is served with a spice rub, pepper jack cheese, guacamole, grilled red onion, and topped off with chipotle ketchup. My burger, the Roscoe, is served with Bacon-Pimento cheese, jalapeno marmalade, and a couple of onion rings to top it off.

Both burgers were absolutely delicious, and cooked exactly the way we ordered. The fries are your pretty standard restaurant fries, but, fortunately, were served very hot, which is rare for french fries.

Matter-of-fact, the entrees were so good, that we have duplicated our order on our subsequent visits. The only change to our order has been this past Sunday when we opted to try an appetizer.

Our server recommended the Beer Battered Cheese Curds. Considering that cheese and beer always equal good, we could not pass up her suggestion.

First, I want to state that the cheese curds are freaking delicious. You will be so glad you ordered them. Unfortunately, we did not get ours until well after we were served our main entree.

Had our waitress come back around in a timely manner to check on us, I would have actually asked that the cheese curds be taken off our ticket and removed from the table. However, the longer they were on the table, the more tempted we were to try them.

Though we are super glad we tried them, I get so annoyed when appetizers arrive after the main meal without any sort of explanation or apology. I think it is very rude and completely negates the entire reason people order appetizers in the first place.

Regardless of the mix up with the appetizer, I still recommend John's Place; however, I do not recommend ordering an appetizer. Save the $8.00 you would spend on cheese curds and go for ice cream afterwards if you still have room.

If you are interested in checking out John's Place, you can check out my location at 2132 W. Roscoe, or the Lincoln Park location at 1200 W. Webster.

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