Sometimes, the best thing you can do is have a nice lunch out during the week. Breaking the everyday norm is always a good idea when it comes to managing stress, and it’s especially a good idea when it involves burgers and fries.
Having opened barely a week ago on February 19, DMK Burger & Fish was just begging for me and my friend Caroline to try it out. Neither of us had class this afternoon, so it was the perfect opportunity to make the voyage up to Noyes in the freezing temperature to check it out.
I’m really glad we chose a Wednesday to eat here – seating is communal, and the restaurant is quite petite, yet even for a Wednesday at 1 p.m., there was little seating to be found.
The menu is small, but from what we found, it delivers what you’re looking for, and more. We may have just found our new favorite Evanston burger joint.
DMK, one of 6 Chicago-area restaurants managed by restauranteur David Morton and award-winning chef Michael Kornick (get it – DM, MK), both of whom live right here in Evanston, is a combination of the popular DMK Burger Bars and DMK Fish Bar throughout Chicago, remade for Evanston and its student population. While the menu is small, the offerings are well-thought-out, and the prices aren’t too bad either for such a big name.
You can get a good old Coke here, but if you pay a dollar more, you can try a couple of yummy craft sodas. They were out of Cheerwine, a North Carolina black cherry soda Caroline insisted I try, I ended up getting Ale 8 Ginger Ale from Kentucky. The label was super cute and vintagey, and it tasted great too.
Then came the food. Being that I had been awake since 6 a.m. with a mere cookie for breakfast, I was so ready. I ordered the #1, a burger piled with aged Cheddar, smoked bacon and Rufus Teague’s BBQ sauce. By the time the waitress brought it to the table, I could barely contain myself, hence the fact that I don’t have any photos of the burger before I sliced into it. Whoops. Oh well.
It was the perfect size, nice and thin but super filling. I ate it so quickly that it was basically a happy whirlwind of tender hamburger, chewy bacon and mildly spicy BBQ sauce. And now I want another one just as I think of it.
The other place I like to get burgers here in Evanston is a bit more expensive at $12 a pop, so I might be coming here more often when I need to fulfill that burger craving.
On the side, I ordered sweet potato fries with lemon tabasco aioli. The fries were seasoned really well and had a nice, crispy texture. I tried the aioli, and that was interesting because of how sweet it was, especially when paired with the sweet potato fries. It wasn’t my favorite dipping sauce ever, but the fries were great at least.
Caroline ordered the Crabby Patty (I love the name), and she had nothing but great things to say about it. If I ever reconcile my distaste for seafood, I’ll keep this one in mind. She also ordered the parmesan fries with truffle cream, and oh my gosh, I think that’s what I might get next time too. That truffle cream was super flavorful, and I’d happily put it on anything. It would be awesome on a burger. But dipping fries in it is definitely a treat of its own.
I love trying out new restaurants that come to Evanston, especially when they’re so unique like DMK. It’s a tiny place that probably gets super crowded around dinnertime, but it felt like I was on Randolph Street in Chicago instead of Noyes in Evanston. DMK has a great atmosphere and music, and even better food.
Best Hump Day ever? I think so.