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The WTF burger at SpritzBurger.
Jess Dawson

Almost every menu has one, but it’s rare that we go nuts and order the big juicy burger with a side of fries. So when we do, it had better be worth it.

And trust us, it’s worth it at SpritzBurger, a new Lakeview burger and homemade soda restaurant cooked up by Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh--the duo known as the Hearty Boys. (Renowned pastry chef Gale Gand masterminds the dessert menu and weekend brunch.)

We began a weeknight dinner at the candlelit, blue-painted spot with salty, deep-fried beet slices accompanied by a creamy goat cheese for dipping--plus a tart, super fizzy lemon-lime soda served tableside from a pressurized canister (the nonalcoholic drink costs $3).

Next up: a sinfully juicy patty melt ($10) served on buttery, toasted rye bread with Swiss cheese and gooey balsamic onions. We ordered it medium and went for a side of perfectly crunchy potato tots instead of fries. (SpritzBurger’s smoky house-made ketchup tastes like a cross between Heinz and A-1.)

Our crucial error? Not saving room for the butterscotch pudding. Oh well, there’s always next week.

SpritzBurger, 3819 N. Broadway; 773-868-9866 or

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