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Hours: Lunch, dinner: seven days
Saturday & Sunday brunch
Open late: every night till 11

Price: $

Chicago location of a San Francisco-based chain, offering dolled-up burgers, in-house brewing and a full bar, and karaoke in the upstairs lounge.

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The cartoony logo, the heavy-handed, slightly risque puns sprinkled throughout the laminated menu, the proud lavender facade—it's all part of this San Francisco-founded franchise's campy, gay-friendly shtick. Obviously, the specialty is burgers, specifically, half-pound 100 percent Angus patties in combos like Buffy the Hamburger Slayer, with garlic aioli, red wine sauce, and Swiss. I hunkered in for the Meaty Mushroom burger only to find it light on the mushrooms and a little dry. I could just manage about a quarter of it, but I polished off my veggie slaw, a welcome alternative to sides of fries or bacon potato salad. You can also sub veggie, turkey, chicken, or buffalo patties on any of the burgers. All this with a disco beat, house-brewed beers such as the Blonde Bombshell and the Mary Hoppins, karaoke in the upstairs lounge a couple nights a week, and special menus for the kiddies.

Kathie Bergquist

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Price: $

Payment Type: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

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The cartoony logo, the heavy-handed, slightly risque puns sprinkled throughout the laminated menu, the proud lavender facade—it's all part of this San Francisco-founded franchise's campy, gay-friendly shtick. Obviously, the specialty is burgers, but there are also pricey cocktails, house-brewed beers (the Blonde Bombshell, the Mary Hoppins), and karaoke in the upstairs lounge a couple nights a week. —Kathie Bergquist

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