Chicago's Palmer House Hilton serves up burger bar

(hamburgers and french fries on a plate next to a milkshake)

This April, popular dining & drinking venue Potter’s in Chicago is unveiling a new gourmet burger bar concept by executive chef Mathew Wiltzius, bringing a time-honored American experience to the neighborhood hotspot. Potter’s – Chicago Burger Bar will showcase gourmet burgers modeled after the city’s favorite neighborhoods, inspiring guests and locals to journey across Chicago one burger at a time. The restaurant, which is located in the Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel, also offers jazzed-up fries, spiked milkshakes and more.

The new menu, designed to reflect a map of Chicago and its neighborhoods, places a spotlight on the burger. Utilizing seasonal and locally grown ingredients from the hotel’s rooftop garden and apiary, each quarter-pound patty comes nestled between a hybrid brioche bun and is topped with a flavor profile indicative of its Chicago neighborhood. As patrons venture from burger to burger, neighborhood to neighborhood, they’ll discover the gooey cheese-curd madness of the #8 Lakeview burger, or indulgent foie gras and shaved a5 Kobe beef on the splurge-worthy #6 Gold Coast burger, served on a “gold” bun. The #2 Little Italy piles Italian beef, giardiniera, sport peppers, provolone and au jus. Guests can also look for the rotating Up & Coming burger, inspired by the latest flavors of the moment.

Accompanying the burgers are Wiltzius’ towering “box o’fries,” piled high with hand-cut, house-made fries and served with dipping sauces like blue-brie cheese, vadouvan curry, or “secret sauce.” Patrons can try all six with the dip flight. They can also dip into classic American milkshakes with a boozy twist, ranging from chocolate and vanilla to cherry and Nutella. Non-spiked versions are also available for the little ones.

For dessert, the star will be the Brownie Burger. An ode to the brownie’s invention at the Palmer House, the hotel’s signature Bertha Brownie will be showcased between a donut bun with apricot marshmallow and cherry bavarois. A side of churro fries with raspberry coulis and vanilla dipping sauces completes the dessert.

In addition to burgers, diners can enjoy a selection of other dishes like Fish & Chips, house-made wings, and salads. Little ones will also find selections created just for them, including their own kid-approved burger.