Review of Ricky B's Prime Burger House

Review of Ricky B's Prime Burger House

In the crowded field of brew pubs, burger joints and and other casual dining its often hard to find quality food and good service but the new Ricky B's Prime Burger House in Schaumburg's Woodfield Mall stands out.

Despite its mall location (upstairs in the JC Penny Wing), this is a more than just another place serving beer and burgers. You walk in and its an upscale interior with time and thought put into the dark yet stylish decor. The service (even on a Saturday at lunch time), was exceptional and unlike its competitors there weren't a plethora of ridiculous burgers on the menu. Just a good list of solid burger options along with chicken sandwiches and other top quality options but even better was the back of the menu was full of beer, IPA's, premium beers and good local brews too (including local favorite Two Brothers). I chose the option of trying four different 2 ounce servings of beer and the server was knowledgeable of each one and made good suggestions based of what I told of my beer preferences.

The beer (all drafts though you can choose bottles if you want), were brought on on a labeled chalk board, I tried 5 Rabbit, Revolution's Anti Hero, Allagash & Krombacher and outside of the 5 Rabbit being problematic (the server admitted there were issues with their serving of the 5 Rabbit), the beers were as explained (I really like the Allagash), and it was the best appetizer I ever had.

I also had a burger, their standard Ricky B's OG burger and all of their burgers are 100% USDA Prime beef and when they cook it "medium" its not on the overdone side, its a seared burger not all pink but good enough to satisfy those of us that don't eat beef raw but not overcooked to dryness or to ruin a premium piece of beef.

There was a healthy helping of fries too, pretty much run of the mill, nothing special but generous enough to fill you.

The price is what you'd expect of a good burger place (but not exorbitant), $ 13 for the OG burger and lunch for two (with tip), was over $ 40 but the ambiance, service and not your everyday burger it was worth it.

The atmosphere takes you in and when you exit, its almost a shock that you are in a mall. If you are in the Schaumburg, Rolling Meadows or Hoffman Estates area its worth checking out. Its a more intimate feel than Rock Bottom or Granite City but a little less menu selection and they do not make their own beer but they don't need to, the selection of brew is exceptional along with the burgers.

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