Bad Apple is no Kuma’s Corner

18 Sep

Photo from The Bad Apple

I had high hopes for Bad Apple. Despite their terrible logo (what can I say? I’m married to a former designer, I take these things into account), a co-worker told me about their Wednesday Kobe burgers and said their other burgers were on par with Kuma’s Corner. In my recent dining experience it was all fine, but it was no Kuma’s Corner.

I went with some girl friends for one of those semi-spontaneous week-night gatherings and this was a good spot in the middle for everyone.

I was coming from a stressful day at work, so I immediately reached for the drink and beer list, and I was impressed. They have a lot, like a lot, of beers on draft, bottles, etc… I got an Alagash White on draft. It was delicious.

As a table, we ordered the goat cheese fondue to share. It was…fine. Not bad, I mean, with goat cheese it’s hard to royally screw it up, but it wasn’t memorable.

For my entrée, I got the veggie burger served as their El Dorado (chili cumin burger, spicy corn & black bean salsa, avocado, shredded lettuce). It came with fries which I upgraded to Truffle status.

The burger was made in-house and it was good. Sometimes when restaurants venture to make their own veggie burgers it can go very wrong. That wasn’t the case here. It was filling, robust and had good flavor, if a bit messy. The fries were good, but that’s because they had truffle oil on top. My friends’ got plain fries and there weren’t great. Also, I’m pretty sure they make their own ketchup, which kudos for trying, but it was gritty, acidic and not good.

All in all, this wasn’t a bad meal, after all I was with wonderful company, but I wasn’t going to write home about it.  I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it: Chicago’s Lincoln Square and North Center are over saturated with gastro-bars and too often they all fall short. If someone opens up another cookie-cutter bar joint, let’s try to make it spectacular.

The Bad Apple

The Bad Apple


3 Responses to “Bad Apple is no Kuma’s Corner”

  1. M June 9, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    Um, I’m sorry.. You’re gonna review a BURGER place solely on its VEGGIE BURGER. Boo. Bad Apple has only done me right so far.

  2. Corey Dick April 1, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    The problem with your article/blog is that the title of your piece is “Bad Apple is no Kuma’s Corner.” What makes the two restaurants comparable is their multitude of unique burger creations. As such, to base your comparison largely on one menu item, let alone the veggie burger, is pretty disingenuous. On the substance of the review, I can’t speak for the veggie burger, but I can speak for the fries. To me, there is fresh cut and crispy v. all other fries. Theirs are fresh cut and crispy, and I’m not sure exactly what else you can expect from plain fries. As for the ketchup, I like the chunky nature of it, and I think it has a sweetness to it that makes it addicting, but I can see why you might think that it is overly acidic.

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