Thanks to Hard Rock International for the gift card provided to experience this tour. The information and gift card have been provided to me by Hard Rock International. Any opinions remain my own and are in no way influenced by items received.
Last month, I told you all about the World Burger Tour at all Hard Rock Cafes throughout the world. So of course, I had to go try them for myself. Andy and I ventured into downtown Chicago (surprisingly my first time since I’ve moved here!) to visit our local Hard Rock. It is in a very central location that’s easy to get to right off the Chicago L stop. We got there around 6:30 on a Friday and it surprisingly wasn’t too packed. We snagged a table next to the huge windows in the restaurant.
Of course, drinks come first. Since we had so many options on the World Burger Tour menu, I made sure that we both selected two different cocktails so we could sample each other’s drinks. Andy choose the All-Jacked Up featuring Jack Daniel’s Honey, Sailor Jerry, and pineapple juice and I went with the more simple Crisp Sipper. The drinks were okay, however, my drink seemed just like a Gin & Tonic with fruit in it, and Andy’s drink was a bit too acidic for his tastes.
Depending on your location, you could have different burger offerings, but Chicago was offering four new creations inspired from around the world. The Atomic Burger from Las Vegas, Tango Salsa Burger from Buenos Aires, the Greek Burger from Athens and the Aloha Burger from Honolulu. As much as I was tempted by the Aloha Burger, the thought of SPAM on my burger kind of scared me away. So I chose the Tango Salsa Burger which was a 1/2 lb burger topped with andouille sausage, monterey jack cheese, a fried egg, salsa, and garlic aoili. Andy choose the Atomic! Burger which was again a 1/2 lb burger with beer-battered peppers, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, and garlic chipotle ketchup. Our waitress warned him that it’s a bit spicy and it definitely had a bite to it. Andy’s burger had a lot of flavors but they worked together really well, however he was only able to eat about half of the massive burger. His only issue with the burger is that it had a bit more char to it than he would have liked. Both of us are more of medium to medium-rare people.
My Tango Salsa burger was really good, however, I thought that the sausage was a bit overpowering to the burger and it could have gone without that one ingredient. I also liked that the fried egg was cooked more than over easy because eating burgers is already super messy without tons of yolk.
All in all, Hard Rock cafe is a place where you can definitely get a lot of bang for your buck. The burgers were $15 each, and so were the cocktails, however, you were able to keep the souvenir mason jar (and who doesn’t love mason jars?) Lastly, these special burgers will only be here until the end of this month! So go to your local Hard Rock Cafe to grab some of these exciting burgers.