Want to indulge in burgers and fries without the
guilt? Head north to Glencoe, where the newly opened Everest
Burgers serves up hormone-free, steroid-free beef, vegetarian
burgers and the healthiest version of French fries around.
Owners Mark and Margarita Challenger are adamant about
feeding their four children only organic, locally produced food
whenever possible. They decided they wouldn't offer their customers
anything less. So both of their Glencoe restaurants, Guanajuato
Mexican and the new Everest Burger, serve food that's organic,
antibiotic free and locally sourced whenever possible.
"The burger and fries are a comfortable American staple,"
Margarita says. "We wanted to make sure that it's also wholesome
and you know what you're eating."
To that end, meat is freshly ground at the restaurant each
day. Wild Alaskan salmon is shipped in since they didn't want to
use farm-raised salmon. Three vegetarian burgers-portabella
mushroom, walnut and black bean-are served. And fries are made from
organic potatoes cooked in rice bran oil. Even the ketchup is
organic, and nothing has high-fructose corn syrup. The Challengers
prepare freshly made frozen yogurt on-site, using their own family
To accommodate families who need to avoid gluten, an
on-site bakery makes the hamburger buns each day using a
"This is very much for families," Mark says of the menu
items. "The concept was, we raised our kids eating organic,
healthy, hormone-free food. So we wanted a healthy restaurant where
you still get nice flavor."
And don't think you have to eat and run. The Challengers
remember those days when their four children were very young and
restaurant managers would be eyeing their table, hoping the family
would eat quickly and leave.
"We'd always get looks when we walked in with kids, and
you'd feel rushed to leave the restaurant," Mark says. "We wanted
to create a restaurant where families feel comfortable."
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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