Chicago Hilton hotel restaurant debuts burger bar

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.

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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.

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