Hamburger Heaven in Elmhurst, like Superdawg, has been in existence since 1948. But even though it doesn’t have Superdawg’s cool architecture, speakers and servers who deliver to your car door, it’s true Americana. Hamburger Heaven features an eclectic menu of olive burgers, Reuben sandwiches, and a double-decker burger that many say inspired the Big Mac. The best thing about Hamburger Heaven is the Richardson’s Root Beer—a staple of 1940s drive-ins, once served out of a giant, six-by-ten-foot wooden barrel that still sits in the middle of the restaurant. It’s sweet, flavorful, not too carbonated, and great in root-beer floats.
281 N. York, Elmhurst, 663.832.3535, hamburgerheavenelmhurst.com
Best of Chicago 2015