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This isn’t a beauty contest, it’s a burger power rankings. Good thing, because the burgers at The Region are ugly. This is due to their unsightly flattened patties that extend past the edges of the bun. But it’s those edges that make the burgers here so special. They’re pressed really thin on a flat top grill (this style of burger is popular in northwest Indiana, a.k.a. The Region), so the meat has maximum possible caramelization, but also somehow stays juicy. Get the Diggity Do, with two 7oz patties and two slices of cheese. Consider taking this thing home and eating it in the dark.
There’s nothing attractive about the ground during Fake Spring, since it’s spent months waterlogged under all the melty snow and ice. And the Indiana-style smashed burgers at The Region in Roscoe Village aren’t the prettiest things either. But they’re delicious, and the caramelized edges they get from being pressed flat on the grill make them worth any and all aesthetic compromises. Plus, this counter-service spot feels like the kind of place you’d stop in during the summer after a day at the pool.
Au Cheval doesn’t serve the only destination-worthy burger in this city. We also have The Region, a small counter-service place in Roscoe Village. On first glance, these burgers are unsightly - the patty goes way past the edges of the bun, and seems monstrous. But that’s only because the meat has been flattened on a grill, creating delicious, lacy caramelized edges. Include a Black Cow Milkshake (a root beer float with chocolate syrup) in your order, along with some onion rings. Not a bad candidate for helping someone finally let go of an obsession with In-N-Out and/or Shake Shack (although realistically, good luck with that).