(standard) pickles & onions
Presentation: For a fast-food burger, the Slider is pretty cool. It comes in a little box (pictured below). The box also serves to keep the burger warm.
Taste: Boring. The pickles and onions are basically what your tasting.
Variation of ingredients: Even for a fast-food restaurant, the variation here is lacking. Granted, it's a slider not a burger, so this sandwich is really small.
The Burger Eater's Rating: 3 (on a scale of what I would rate other fast-food burgers)
The real rating here is for Fox & Obel's char-grilled cheeseburger, (www.fox-obel.com). Fox & Obel is a high-end market in downtown Chicago. They sell some of the best meats and cheeses I've seen in one place. Think Dean & Deluca. At the back of Fox & Obel is a cafe that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Every time I go to Chicago I will eat here. The atmosphere and quality are great.
lettuce, tomato, red onion, white cheddar
Presentation: Pretty standard. Served with fries on a white dinner plate. The bun is the most attractive item on the place.
Taste: I'm not the biggest fan of iceberg lettuce on a burger. It waters down too much of the flavor in the meat and sauces (there are no sauces on this burger). I added some ketchup knowing the sandwich would be a little dry. The white cheddar was subtle.
Quality: The quality of the meat was amazing. It was well prepared (medium-rare) and was juicy and tender. The bun was really fresh and warmed. I can't speak much to the quality of the toppings since they didn't add much flavor.
Variation of ingredients: I would have liked some arugula or romaine instead of iceberg lettuce and a sauce of some kind.
The Burger Eater's Rating: 7