Is the picture at the left a good enough clue? Or how about this quote: “Ned? Ned Ryerson?” If it hasn’t come to you, Woodstock is a quaint little town about an hours train ride from downtown Chicago. It’s where most of the outdoor scenes in the movie “Groundhog Day” were shot.
Well, just off the bustling square (full of cute little shops and eateries) is DC Cobbs, a bar and burger place that has won all of the local favorite awards for the past few years. Usually that’s a red light to me, and I ain’t going. But I was intrigued by some of their menu combinations and the choices one has for assembling a custom burger, so off I went on a Saturday afternoon.
Got there around 2 ish and it wasn’t so busy, so I was able to snare a table next to the window and people watch while waiting for the grub.
Although they have some interesting appetizers, I skipped them to get right to the meat. Choose your protein: corn or grass fed beef, chicken, bison, ground turkey, or veggie bean. Chose your bread: brioche, pretzel roll, rye bread (a think in Chicago), grilled cheese or gluten free. Then there are a whole raft of topping choices, more proteins as toppers, cheeses, vegetables, sauces.
They have about 20 combinations on the menu, if you’re lazy about picking your own, including the “Ned Ryerson.” (Like how all that came full circle? Kind of like the writing in Pulp Fiction, right? LOL).
I went with the “Blue Streak” a half pound ground beef topped with fried chicken tenders, buffalo sauce and chunky blue cheese dressing. (The chunks were YUGE, I tell you!). Added rings as a side. (Fries are standard, but there are about a dozen other items you can choose from).
Tablemate ordered the “Woodstock” topped with fresh mozz, boursin spread and roasted red peppers.
It was all great, came out of the kitchen surprisingly quick, and were cooked precisely as ordered. The beef itself had wonderful flavor and was a nice grind.
Personal opinion that with all those toppings, they could find a roll a little more substantial than a brioche. It’s not going to survive the meal if you have “wet” toppings. Pretzel would be firmer, but I’ve been ignoring them for awhile. It’s a personal thing.
They have different specials that last a whole month. This month, it’s an Hawaiian theme. for burgers, apps, and hand-helds.
Also on the menu, sandwiches, salads, and assorted other goodies. They’ve just opened a second location in McHenry, IL, another town you probably haven’t heard of, also an hour from downtown Chicago, but more north, not west, like Woodstock.
Server Angelica was top-notch. She “gets it.”
I will return. Click for the full menu.
DC Cobbs Review