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The Bad Apple

The Bad Apple

Burger Joint and Bar$$$$
North Center, Chicago
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  • Stars
    Go here. Experience the large beer list. It's worth it.
  • Tips
    Allison K.
    "Amazing burgers!! Meet cheese curds and the half acre beer on tap"(32 Tips)
    Molly K.
    "Awesome beer menu and the That Sweet Hash burger was on point!!"(44 Tips)
    Dan F.
    "Garlic fries and a slow burn = food coma"(11 Tips)
    Terry M.
    "On par with Kuma's...actually, the fries make it better."(7 Tips)
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  • cheese curds
  • beer
  • last supper
  • slow burn
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  • Heather F.heart icon on user image
    Heather FolsomJune 21, 2014
    Pretty much in love with the crazy metal sculptures all over the place... Fun & friendly atmosphere, super unique & flavor-packed cocktails/burgers, bonus points for playing some 90s grunge at dinner.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedMay 5, 2016
    "This is Chicago’s hidden burger gem. Pat Lafrieda's famed meat is always cooked properly and you get a plethora of choices, from the bizarre (peanut butter and bacon) to the haute."- Perry Hendrix Read more
  • Christopher M.heart icon on user image
    Christopher MichaelJune 18, 2016
    Total hipster bar but holy crap the food was amazing! You have got to try the cheese curds! No seriously they are bomb! The Chuppacabra burger is legit also. Best burgers I've had in a long time. A++
  • Kenny U.heart icon on user image
    Kenny UgelJanuary 6, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great burgers and amazing draft list. Definitely a go-to spot on the north side. There are many crazy sounding but delicious burgers including Elvis’s Last Supper, which has bacon and peanut butter.
  • Tana B.heart icon on user image
    Tana BabcockAugust 4, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    Absolutely delicious food! Tried the cheese curds, chopped salad, smokezilla burger (WOW) and the Saugatuck Blueberry Lemonade Shandy. Also the server was AMAZING! Really made our experience great!
  • Korey W.heart icon on user image
    Korey WitalkaApril 2, 2016
    Excellent service, burgers and a large beer list! Perfect place to go when you have a burger craving with lots of unique burgers to choose from.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 20, 2013
    Go on Wednesdays for the 45-day dry-aged blend of Wagyu and prime rib, made for Bad Apple by New York butcher Pat LaFrieda. This is a steak disguised as a burger. Read more
  • Rishad T.
    Rishad TobaccowalaAugust 27, 2014
    Beer and three burgers here that stand out . The bad apple which is their signature. The slow burn for the spice addicted and the Wagyu ( Wednesdays onwards) which is a steak disguised as a burger!
  • Arielle I.heart icon on user image
    Arielle IndiaApril 15, 2015
    Go for the divine, godly food, stay because the drink menu is ridiculous. A cherished spot with great atmosphere and spectacular, knowledgeable staff. Did I mention the homemade ketchup? 1000/10.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 26, 2011
    Get the Garlic Fries: Skin-on and fried, they get that rich hue of brown, rendering them crispy on the outside and pillowy on the inside, tossed in a perfect amount of fresh minced garlic. Read more
  • Penny S.
    Penny SMay 9, 2014
    One of the best beer lists in the city. Massive, unique, impressive. Also, house pickles and the farro salad are amazing.
  • Jeff E.
    Jeff EarlyNovember 24, 2015
    Nice burger, atmosphere, a haven for beer lovers. Good quality but no where near the best burger, top 26 maybe. But go the rest of the menu is creative and delicious
  • Rose
    RoseJuly 4, 2013
    Yummy veggie burger & the bf got the Bad Apple pretzel bun. We order the chipotle fries... best ever! Huge selection of beer.. especially gluten :) We walked out full but great 1st time experience!
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly ChabebeAugust 26, 2012
    LOVE this place! Decor and staff are awesome! Best Bloody Mary ever, made with their horseradish infused vodka! Their truffle fries are to die for. One of my favorite Sunday places in the city.
  • Mike N.
    Mike NicklesMarch 9, 2013
    Greenbush Mr. Hyde...not for the novice beer drinker. Dark, complex, and delicious. Wonder what I'll try's the real tip: when you come here, enjoy beer you've never heard of. :)
  • Jason R.heart icon on user image
    Jason RomanoNovember 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Mix the firecracker fry seasoning with whatever other seasoning for even more amazing fries!!! Thank you for the family room - my kid could cry, scream, and tantrum her way to who the hell cares!
  • Catie G.heart icon on user image
    Catie GibbsOctober 1, 2016
    The truffle fries and cheese curds are awesome and of course the burgers too. Very kid friendly and have an amazing homemade PB&J. Great staff.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BrotzmanApril 8, 2013
    Try the burger with bacon and peanut butter, you won't regret it. Stellar beer and cocktail selection! Also the option of getting Old Bay seasoned fries, which are delicious.
  • venessa t.
    venessa tarbellNovember 17, 2011
    Family factor: the room in the back has games for kids to play. Bring your quarters! My kids recommend the kids burger or grilled cheese. For parents, you can't go wrong with burgers and beer.
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 30, 2017
    Here’s the important thing: The beloved burger bar opens at 11:30 a.m. on weekends, and that might be the only time you can sit down at Bad Apple without a wait. Read more
  • Steven A.heart icon on user image
    Steven AndersonJuly 3, 2019
    Been here 50+ times
    Great burgers and awesome beer selection. Non-meat? Go for the Strange Famous veggie burger and the veggie poutine.
  • Emily S.heart icon on user image
    Emily S.July 31, 2016
    I've heard their burgers are incredible - the mushroom quinoa one was even to-die-for! Great crispy fries and cheese curds.
  • Shaun R.
    Shaun RudyOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is amazing! Great beer and cocktail selections! I'd recommend the Strawesome. Good for weeknight grub or a Friday night decompress. One of my favorite places in Northcenter!
  • Eliza K.
    Eliza KJune 23, 2013
    Don't fear, gluten free eaters! This bar's very impressive beer list includes ciders, cocktails, and a number of gluten free brews, too.
  • Ian H.heart icon on user image
    Ian HalliburtonAugust 20, 2016
    Cheese curds are a must. Best in chicago. You can't go wrong with any of the burgers.
  • Chris S.heart icon on user image
    Chris SteeleJuly 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The burgers are made with some lovely dry-aged beef, so do yourself a favor and order yours medium rare.
  • Mark W.
    Mark WebbApril 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The food here is great. More than just burgers, there is serious culinary thought going into the menu - at pub prices. Always a great draft beer selection too.
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsOctober 15, 2012
    The twice-cooked fries alone are worth the trip and the boisterous pub atmosphere is exactly what you want when you’re tearing into a moan inducing burger of this caliber. Read more
  • Jeff B.heart icon on user image
    Jeff BaileyJanuary 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic burgers and a comprehensive beer list. I could eat here every day. Get the truffle fries.
  • kailey a.heart icon on user image
    kailey arlenJanuary 11, 2015
    Beer list is impressive and the beer cocktails and innovative and tasty. The food was so so... Great atmosphere.
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JankowskiMarch 15, 2014
    Not a lot of chatter about it, but you REALLY must get the garlic on the fries. Add the homemade ketchup and you'll hear angels singing.
  • M M.
    M M-GAugust 27, 2013
    Slow Burn is my favorite. Like the cheese curds as long as they're right out of the fryer. Ask for the special mustards for dipping.
  • Justin R.heart icon on user image
    Justin RandSeptember 19, 2014
    Ranks up there with Kuma's and Burger Bar. Get the fried cheese curds and poutine if you're ready for a cheese nap later.
  • Brian C.heart icon on user image
    Brian ChorbaJuly 30, 2016
    Awesome assortment of burgers ("gotta try 'em all"), seasoned fries, amazing beer list
  • Sabina K.
    Sabina KajtezovicNovember 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Garlic fries, spinach n enoku mushrooms burger. Try all 3 meads on the menu (2oz tastings). Fav us spicy chile mead.
  • Amit S.heart icon on user image
    Amit ShahDecember 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Awesome service, great food, great beer selection. What's not to like? I really like this place!
  • Chris L.heart icon on user image
    Chris LeonFebruary 25, 2014
    Tieton from the tap.... holy cow is it good and I've never had it before. Love this place already!!!! :) Awesome service too!
  • Jesse B.heart icon on user image
    Jesse BagelsSeptember 16, 2016
    Excellent burgers and cocktails, as well as interesting poutine, nice outdoor seating
  • Molly K.
    Molly KentOctober 28, 2013
    Great place to eat drink. Awesome beer menu and the That Sweet Hash burger was on point!!
  • Brett G.heart icon on user image
    Brett GustafsonSeptember 1, 2013
    Ask for the Fast Burn: habanero and raisin sauce that you can add to any burger. Tis a secret though.
  • Kaitlynheart icon on user image
    KaitlynNovember 23, 2014
    French fries and burgers are good. Great atmosphere, lots of unique selections, great meat. Terrible ketchup.
  • Kevin
    KevinOctober 19, 2010
    I always get mayo with my curry fries. Bad move here, because their homemade ketchup is awesome. I hate ketchup. I love this. Burgers are great. Beer selection outstanding.
  • Larry B.
    Larry BMarch 16, 2012
    Huge beer menu...great food ...garlic fries to die for.. friendly atmosphere... what else can you ask for... "another beer please"....
  • Christopher
    ChristopherAugust 30, 2010
    Like Kumas, without the wait, and better beer on tap. Get the frenchie, or the slow burn. Also, order a side of ranch, or get the cheese curds, which come with ranch. Enjoy!
  • Gustavo S.heart icon on user image
    Gustavo SanchezAugust 6, 2014
    Their burgers are really good here and they have a large beer selection it's an awesome place!
  • Brad S.
    Brad SaxonAugust 7, 2014
    The burgers are to die for. But more importantly, get the truffle fries. They really round out the best, indulgent meal.
  • Micky M.
    Micky MarianoJanuary 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Skip the burgers & just enjoy the beer and the cheese curds; If you're looking for burger's, DMK or Kumas this is not... But the cheese curds hit though.
  • Lee A.heart icon on user image
    Lee AllenMay 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    One of my favorite beer restaurants. Get the cheese curds and Elvis’ Last Supper on a pretzel roll.
  • Anthony H.heart icon on user image
    Anthony HeleineJuly 24, 2017
    Great burgers, excellent flavor combos. Solid craft beer list.
  • Stephanieheart icon on user image
    StephanieJuly 21, 2015
    Amazing selection of draft beers! Try the pipeworks. Yummy burgers.
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