Started by a former exec of Potbelly and Einstein Bagels (according to Wikipedia) , Meatheads sprang to life in Bloomington, IL, in 2007 where the local college population took a shine to it. Now with a dozen company-owned stores, this ‘fast-casual’ concept is trying to differentiate itself from competitors like Five Guys and Smashburger with a model and concept closer to In n Out. Especially with the fresh cut fries, and hand-dipped shakes. The chain is also trying to create a ‘homier’ dine-in atmosphere, with localized decor.
Boasting certified angus patties, the simple hamburger is a double patty (1/3 pound), on a ‘locally baked bun’, with ketchup, mustard, lettuce, mayo, pickle, and onion. An assortment of toppings and cheese are available at an additional cost. The basic burger clocks in at around $6.
There were three things that were memorable to me when I visited their newest location tonight:
- The blond server with the rocket bod
- The cashier who advised me the large fries was too much for two people (she was correct, and I appreciate that)
- The ramekin of buffalo sauce I purchased for .75
Everything else? Eh. or Meh.
The burger patties were dry and flavorless, unusual for Certified Angus, which usually has a pretty beefy flavor. The bun was a little dry as well. While the website offered the option of “blue cheese crumbles”, my blue cheese add on was about 1/4 ounce of salad dressing, a neat dollop in the center of the patty.
Fries were ok, and were fresh-cut as advertised. A little limp, and overseasoned, I don’t think they were double-fried, the key to crispness with a fresh cut potato.
My most appalling experience in the visit wasn’t due to the shop, but the customer in front of me who ordered a hot dog with ketchup only. In Chicago? Wot wot? Must have been a tourist.
$17.73 for two burgers, 1 small fries, 1 bottle water. A little spendy.
Would I return? Maybe to try other items. Or maybe chock it up to an off-nite. As with all my reviews, the opinions express my personal taste. You may well love this place, and I encourage you to try it and form your own opinion. Menu. Locator.
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