Au Cheval



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800 W Randolph , Chicago, IL 60661
Near West Side
Style:Comfort Food


Au Cheval is not your typical greasy spoon diner. It's house-made foods, creative interpretations on classic dishes, and comfortable, easy-going atmosphere— It's big cozy eats. Playful takes on old-school favorites like a fried bologna sandwich, or a pork porterhouse are all made to order, before your eyes in the open kitchen. At the bar, 30+ international beers on tap, speciality cocktails, and a rockin' wine list make Au Cheval an inviting place to kick back. And we haven't even touched on the custom crafted music... yet. Come in and check it out.

Menu:Recent Reviews

profile image Magical Burger

This is a burger you dream about. My favorite burger of all time - with the egg of course! The fries and beer are great. Even the raw vegetable salad is amazing.

profile image Best burger in Chicago

My boyfriend considers himself quite the burger afficianado. We had been hearing so many great things about the Au Cheval burger, of course, we had to go try it out. We were not disappointed. With thin and crispy-edged patties stacked on top of thick, almost pork belly-like bacon, and a fried egg, this burger was messy, decadent, and so delicious. The bf called it his new favorite burger. Coming from this guy, that is a HUGE compliment.

profile image Au Cheval ~ Cheeseburger ~ 5 out of 5

Overview Our latest quest to find the best burger in Chicago landed us in the West Loop at a new diner that has been generating a lot of buzz in an area full of buzz-generating restaurants. Au Cheval opened last year replacing Downtown Gyros at the corner of Randolph St and Halsted St. Before opening, they revamped the location into a modern trendy spin on a classic diner. When entering, you’ll notice the dim lighting, vibrant crowd, loud music, and a classic kitchen with a bar counter you’d imagine in an old-school style diner. At Au Cheval, it wasn't hard to decide what we wanted as there is only one cheeseburger (and a “double cheeseburger”) on the menu. Thus, it came down to a few options, so we had a little variety between our orders. We ordered medium-rare, and added both of the added options, fried egg and thick cut pepper bacon. We also tried a hamburger and a cheeseburger without the egg and bacon. To our surprise, the burgers weren't just single patties, but double! Turns out the double is really a triple, which would be a challenge we might just accept on our next visit. The presentation of the burger was salivating as the gooey cheese melted over the edges of the patty enough to where you’d think the patty was dipped in cheese. The added bacon was almost as thick as the patty, while the egg on the other bun covered the Dijon mayonnaise and large cucumber style pickles. After first bite, we all felt like we were in burger heaven. There was no doubt in our minds that we were all comparing this to the best of the best. After setting the burger down, we realized that these thin patties were all cooked perfectly to a medium-rare which is a hard feat with the thinner patties. The patty was juicy and full of flavor, the egg and bacon was added flavor, but it wasn't needed to make this burger a top contender. The brioche bun stood up to the task and lasted the whole meal. The burger from Au Cheval is one of Chicago’s top burgers without a doubt, and could contend nationally as well (but that’s for another discussion). While the fried egg and bacon is a nice extra, it isn't mandatory unless that’s your thing. The highlight of the burger was probably the American cheese that smothers the burger. Not only does Au Cheval offer a delicious burger, but the upscale diner is great environment for a night out with friends or a casual date, but arrive early or be prepared to wait. On a side note, the fries served with mornay sauce, garlic aioli, and fried egg are noteworthy and worth a try. Believe the hype. Cheeseburger ($5.95) – Two beef patties topped with Dijon mayonnaises, pickles, onion, fried egg, and thick cut bacon.

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I've heard over and over how good the burger is.... and everyone was CORRECT. Wow. The bun is perfect, thick bacon that really is on the side of what most would call pork belly, an egg and two perfectly cooked patties (on a single mind you). We also go the fries that had an egg on top and mornay sauce, ridiculously good. On top of the food, the restaurant is very comfortable and the staff was great. I will definitely go back to try other things on the menu. Well done!

profile image Mouth watering

Finally made it over to Au Cheval and would like to go back ASAP. Great selection of beer on tap and a fun option for French diner food. Cozy atmosphere and great service, as well! My favorite was the ham and cheese fondue and my mouth is literally watering thinking about dipping the warm bread into the gooey, delicious hot cheese and ham. Also had the cheeseburger, but it is not an average greasy burger. Topped with pickles, cheese and egg and cooked to perfection. Another fave was the cripsy fries covered in cheese and with a side of garlic mayo...what? SO GOOD! Amazing comfort food and will be back soon for more.