Whenever I talk about the “best burger” people always bring up burgers with lots of stuff on them or a great special sauce, but no one ever takes the time to talk about a really good flavorful piece of meat. I don’t like sauces and condiments on my burgers. I want a burger that tastes good with a slice of cheese on a bun that wasn’t delivered to the back door three weeks ago. I’ve found a few places in Lansing with burgers like that, but it’s never at the places that win “best burger.” Very few places take the time to grind their own meat and put the emphasis on the cow. Lucky for me, there’s still a place in Chicagoland that does just that.
If the name Hackney’s sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’re a fan of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on the Food Network. Guy Fieri visited the original Hackney’s in Glenview. There are six restaurants overall including a downtown Chicago location. We chose to visit the Palos Park location which has been open since 1986.
Hackney’s in Palos Park sits on the corner of LaGrange Road and 123rd Street. It’s across the street from the forest preserve and there’s not much else around it. The building looks like an old farm house both inside and out. We showed up on a Saturday night just before 5:00. There’s a huge parking lot that was fairly empty, so we were pretty confident seating wasn’t going to be a problem. Read the rest of this entry »