Sorry for the delay on this one, misplaced the pix for a couple months. I was heading out to Woodstock, IL (left) (where they shot “Groundhog Day”) to look at a couple of horses for sale. A pal said, ‘since you’re headed that way, stop at the Tracks Bar and Grill in Cary, and try the burgers.
It doesn’t take much persuading when somebody I trust makes a suggestion like that.
Apparently, everybody in the world knows about this place, except me – it has been around for more than thirty years and year after year gets voted as the best burger in McHenry County.
Well deserved, I say.
I went with the Black and Blue, Cajun seasoning and AMPLE blue cheese chunks (see second pic below, after I lifted off the house-made onion straws to get a peek at the cheese). These are monster burgers, ten ounces of CERTIFIED Angus beef (if you just see “we serve Angus beef” on a menu – complete bullshit, as 80% of the cows in America are Angus – but CERTIFIED Angus, that IS a big deal).
Anyway, the beef was great, impressive blue cheese, house-made onion straws and chips (the latter are damned hard to make, so kudos to Chef), and one of the finest pickles ever served anywhere. Truly. I ordered my “Black and Blue” prepared “bleu” and it came as ordered. Perfection. (3rd pic below).
As with most places in the area, they have a Friday night fish fry which is highly touted, and nightly specials, too.
I lifted a menu so you can see it — no, not there, over here.
You could take a date, and split a burger, and not even look cheap, cause these suckers will easily feed two. BTW? No take outs. House policy.
At the end of the post, there’s a little video that peeks into the kitchen and process.
Tracks Bar and Grill Review