Top Notch Beefburgers West – Oak Lawn, IL
- 4720 W. 95th Street
- Oak Lawn, IL 60435
- (708) 422-5544
- No Known Website
Let’s talk about burgers again, shall we?
Top Notch Beefburger is one of those places that has been on my list for quite a while now. It’s a place that J grew up going to with her grandma, but we always found some excuse to try some place else.
The Oak Lawn location in a strip mall at the corner of 95th and Hilton Drive near Cicero Avenue is the second of two Chicagoland locations. The other location is a few miles east on 95th Street in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood.
The Chicago location has been around since 1942 and they’re using the same recipes and techniques that were used in the original shop on W. 79th Street. The burgers are prepared by de-boning and grinding USDA choice butcher rounds and the fries are fresh-cut daily.
The Oak Lawn Top Notch is tucked in to a corner of a strip mall. It doesn’t look like the store is going to be very big, but once you get inside, you realize your eyes are deceiving you. It’s a rather spacious set up with a pink and turquoise color scheme. The space has the feeling of a fifties family diner. On one hand, it’s comforting. On the other, it’s a little dated.
We were taken to a booth in the front part of the dining room. We were given menus, a specials menu, and glasses of water. After a few minutes, the waitress came over for drink orders. We all got something different. Pepsi is on the fountain which I love, but J’s step dad isn’t so wild about. He got a Sierra Mist. J got a Diet Pepsi and J’s mom got an iced tea. We were also ready to order, so we did that before we got our drinks.
No surprise from me. I went with one of the specials which was a 1/2 lb. beef burger with bleu cheese and bacon. The sandwich also comes with choice of grilled or raw onions, but I passed on both. The patty is definitely a fresh meat patty formed in a press. It had a great taste from a grill that has been seasoned well. The bleu cheese was a great, tangy cheese and there was a good amount. The bacon was done well and added the crunch to the burger. The bun was a typical sesame seed bun, but it was soft and a good compliment to the meat.
J and her mom both ordered the Chipotle Chicken Sandwich which is another special. The grilled chicken breast is served with guacamole, pico de gallo, cheese, and a chipotle mayo on a grilled sub bun. The chicken didn’t fit very well on the bun and J would rather have had a hamburger bun. She cut up the meat and tried to move things around to make it fit, but was never really happy with the meat on the bun. She did say the sandwich had a good taste, but wasn’t really happy with the logistics. J’s mom figured out a way to make the chicken fit on the bun and also agreed that it tasted pretty good.
J’s step dad did the Build-Your-Own burger option and got a 1/2 lb burger with Sharp American cheese, lettuce, tomato and he though raw onions. The burger came without the onions, but it didn’t seem to bother him too much. He soldiered on and ate the burger without.
All our sandwiches came with fresh-cut fries. J thought they could have used another dip. They were a little bit on the limp side, but thoroughly cooked through. I was happy with them the way they were, but I will agree another fry would have made them fantastic. The fries were skin on and just a little greasy.
Our bill was just under $50 for the four of us. The burgers were definitely unique. I scarfed my down and enjoyed every bite. Top Notch is in J’s parents regular rotation and it’s a place from J’s childhood. It’s a family friendly diner with food that’s a little fresher than what you typically get and it’s a Southside institution. There’s a reason they’ve been around for almost 70 years. I would say the burger is above average, but not craveable. It’s definitely a place I would gladly go again.