Burger heaven at Tom & Eddie's
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Tom & Eddie's is a place where old-fashioned burgers and shakes meet modern day décor and technology. After only one visit, my 10-year-old has declared it his new "favorite burger place," and for good reason. He built his own concoction with cheddar, avocado, onions and fried wontons. I stuck with one of the restaurant's signature burgers, the "Blue Chip" with blue cheese, avocado and house-made potato chips.
I thought we'd never finish these big burgers after the delicious chicken strips we shared before our meal. But I was wrong. We devoured them, along with perfectly crispy onion rings (the "Haystack") and sweet potato fries.
My younger sons were satisfied with delicious "Tykes & Toddlers" combos, where they could choose from a cheeseburger, hot dog, grilled cheese and chicken. Mostly they were excited to substitute the standard sodas or juice for amazing milk shakes. Truly old-fashioned, these are freshly blended ice cream, milk and flavored treats.
As if the delicious food weren't enough, Tom & Eddie's offers many family-friendly amenities. Kids can grab any number of toys to take to the table-most of which are wooden and brain-powered, a refreshing change. My sons also loved the electronic pagers at each table, which allow customers to call for additional table service. They found excuses to use the device, including a request for cookies for dessert.
Instead of falling into the mix of fast-food burger joints, Tom & Eddie's does enough great things to elevate the restaurant to a notch above. I also like the company's policy of trying to use local food sources.
With multiple Chicagoland locations, families can easily locate this delicious spot for lunch or dinner.