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!