We asked our members to suggest “off the radar” burgers in Racine and Kenosha and our Facebook group delivered — over 100 places were suggested. We couldn’t just limit our review to three places — we hit nine and gave ourselves a little extra time to do it.
Even with trying nine burgers, not one of these places was a strikeout. Clearly every one of theses places cared about putting good food out to their customers. The five places below are not our winners but we gotta say, they were still pretty good. Suds and Grub, Husher Pub and Greg’s Catering were decent burgers, but our winners just had something slightly extra special. Danny’s Meat Market and Cabbage Heads were good flavored burgers, but the burger was overcooked — next time it could be cooked perfectly, who knows.
Now for the BEST of the BEST:
Choo-Choo Charlie’s, 13th Ave, Kenosha, Wisconsin (at the train depot). www.eatatchucks.com
Choo-Choo Charlies is off everyone’s radar currently because it is so new. Unlike all of our other picks, the atmosphere is train-crazy, loud and geared towards kids — no beer here. It made the top of the list because the burger is darn good and the price is reasonable.
The buns on Choo-Choo’s burger were wonderfully crunchy – reminded me of the old Pinocchio’s. This wonderful burger was $6.49 and that included fries. Grab your kids and go, you don’t have to sacrifice tasty food to eat at a place your kids will love.
Buckets Pub – 2031 Lathrop Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin. www.buckets-pub.com. Buckets is certainly not off the radar for Racine folks. — everybody knows about their hot wings. However, you don’t hear a lot of talk about Buckets burgers.
We ordered the cheeseburger (only half-pounders served here) for $7.95 with cheddar and comes with fries. Out of all the places we visited, Buckets was the only place that asked how we want our burgers cooked — medium rare please.
As requested, the burger was cooked a perfect medium rare with a classic beefy burger flavor. No special sauces, avocado or fried egg topping available – just a juicy traditional burger. I would eat this burger instead of wings any day.
The Garage, 3001 60th Street, Kenosha, Wisconsin. www.garagebarkenosha.com.
The Garage is a bar and burger place, but it is new and not yet on everyone’s radar.
We ordered a egg-topped cheeseburger and a cheddar-stuffed burger topped with bacon and grilled onions for $11. With the burger came your choice of kettle chips or seasoned hand-cut fries. The meat was seasoned perfectly and the burger cooked perfectly. Bonus for interesting toppings that added to the burger without overwhelming it.
Uptown Pub & Grill, 1510 Junction Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin. https://www.facebook.com/uptownpubgrillracine
This is a bar on a small street in the Uptown area of Racine that you would never find if you didn’t make a special effort to go there. Don’t give up though, you will be missing an excellent burger. Uptown pub has a few tables, a few tvs, but by and large this is a bar – probably not a place to bring your toddler.
Uptown offers build your own burgers – 1/3 lb grilled for $6.50 and a stuffed burger or $7.50. We had one of each – Bacon cheese burger and a Stuffed blue cheese burger with swiss and grilled onions.
The burger tasted just as delicious as it looks in the photo. Pink in the middle, great bun, perfectly cooked bacon and cheese. The chipotle mayo was a perfect addition to the typical bacon cheeseburger. The stuffed burger with blue was transcendental — the blue cheese melted in the middle into like a creamy sauce. (The picture I had didn’t really do it justice so I omitted it) Paired with the bacon and the grilled onions — hot damn!
I suspect we will do an off the radar burgers round two sometime in the future, but for now, I need some celery sticks and wheat grass shots. Well, maybe for a day or two.