Oh Mary! They Make Food Fun!


Valentine’s Day can be a sad day. Someone could spend the day watching chick flicks, and stuffing their face with Godiva. That may be alright but when you try to button those skinny jeans you become sad again. Rather than sitting alone, we decided to spend a fun afternoon at Hamburger Mary’s. There’s just one word to describe it….Fabulous!

Situated in Andersonville, Mary’s is actually a Chicago original. The owners decided that people needed  a place to hang out and have fun. The idea for the originated in San Fransisco and now the gospel of Mary has spread. The newest location will open in Berlin this spring. Mary’s is also a very prominent LGBT establishment as well. For the Rupaul’s Allstars competition each of the girls in the top four had a burger named in their honor. As well as a restaurant, Mary’s is an entertainment center. They have Mary-oke, Drag Bingo for charity, and live theatre flourishes in Mary’s Attic.

The food is the main attraction. We had a fab host for our adventure . David hails from the Lone Star state. When I heard this, I immediately gushed about my love for Big D. David comes from Houston and just like me, he was looking for something fresh. He loves workign at Hamburger Mary’s, especially the food and location. “Andersonville is always a parade of colorful characters.

Fun is the theme here. The decor makes you feel good and takes you back to the best parts of your life. We actually sat at a vintage Ms. Pacman  machine as we listened to 80’s music. Table tops have decoupage with everything from superheros to Disney Princesses. Meals  come with cool names, TVs play vintage TV shows, and your bill is brought to you in a fabulous shoe. In here  gay means happy and fun!

We know we couldn’t try everything, lucky for us it isn’t very far.  The items we did to try couldn’t even be described, but you gotta try! Knowing how Jen loves everything cheesy, we had to try the mac and cheese fritters and a grilled cheese sandwich called “Mama Mia” Forget all those notions about grilled cheese that you have. This wasn’t just about the cheese it was the accompaniment. Three cheeses come together to create a symphony of taste. What makes it special is  the combo of fresh basil, tomatoes, and garlic bread. The fritters could just be described as “Something you will crave” David called them “Crack on a plate” with the bbq sauce ,they sure are!

Naturally I also chose a healthy appetizer. It consisted of lettuce surrounding a spicy little chicken number, it was one of my favs, teriyaki paired with won tons. Have no fear! Mary’s is ready to feed your Lenten cravings with cheese, fish, and vegan goodies. I was told  of their great fish and chips, and ike and tuna steak entress. Ask your server, they will make you smile.

Since it is called Hamburger Mary’s, we had to try the burgers! What creations they are! They’re as Dave described “Happy Meat and happy meat is good meat”  The Meat contains no growth hormones or antibiotics. Mary’s believes that all of God’s creatures should be treated fairly, this includes the ones used for meat. They only buy from suppliers who treat the animals fairly, they take pride in their burgers. You also don’t just fries as a side, they should have a separate menu for all of their sides.  We tried the regular fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, and ta- ta’s. Ta-ta’s refres to tater tots. “They will take you back to  when you were a kid when it was tater tot day in the cafeteria” David smiled. We sampled  three sliders but we really smiled when the Gouda Morning Burger was brought out. Its a half pound of beef accessorized with Gouda cheese, bacon, spinach, and honey mustard  pulled together in an explosion of flavor with an over easy egg. The egg served as a sauce, that was a pleasant surprise.

For Valentine’s, our new Valentine presented us with a real sweet treat, a fried twinkie. It was an edible valentine with its whipped cream and raspberry sauce. Desserts are an experience here as well as their cocktails. (they even have one named after  the one and only Karen Walker on Will and Grace) Since I gave up liquor for Lent, we promised  to come back. Hey with everything they have we’d have to!

Our thanks to our fabulous host, David Starrett and the gang at Hamburger Mary’s. We promise not to Sashay Away!

047The superhero table is the fav of our host David

046The vintage decor and toys are amazing.

036 The cheese fritters are addicting!

048The “Mama Mia” is cheesy heaven!

039Sliders…Mini burgers with huge taste!

037Healthy and Delicious Lettuce wraps

042The “Gouda Morning Burger” is thick juicy and oh so good!

049The “Fried Twinkie” was a sweet and tasty edible “Valentine” to savor all year round!

055Your check is delivered to your table in a fabulous shoe!

050Thank you David Starrett for a fabulously fun time!

043See you next time Mary!


About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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