DMK Restaurants just opened a new DMK Burger & Fish location in Evanston within the past year and we finally got a chance to try it out this weekend. Evanston has a few other good options for burgers, so it was going to be hard for DMK to stack up to the competition.
We have actually been to the location in Lakeview in the past, but I can’t remember exactly what our experience was like. I do know that I got the exact same burger in Evanston as I did in Lakeview, because I’m not one to venture too far out of my comfort zone, so the burger I got was the simplest one on the menu (with ingredients I know).
The Evanston restaurant is located at 815 Noyes Street, just east of Ridge. It’s an interesting location since it’s not in downtown Evanston by everything else, but I think the abundance of Northwestern students that live right in that area will allow it to do pretty well. The space itself is super small and more conducive to carry-out than dining-in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a table to belly up to and enjoy your burger. Just like the restaurant in Lakeview, most of the seating is “communal” meaning there are a couple longer tables where up to 8-10(?) people can sit, and then a bar along the side wall and a bar along the window. Obviously the big tables aren’t meant for 2 people to sit at by themselves, so make a friend and enjoy your burgers.
The Food – Burgers and Fries
I ordered the same burger I had when we went to the Lakeview location, The #1. All of the burgers at DMK are touted as being grass fed beef burgers, so that’s where it all starts. The #1 that I ordered comes with aged cheddar, smoked bacon, charred balsamic red onions, and Rufus Teague’s BBQ sauce; I opted for no onions, but left the rest alone. The burger itself was pretty solid. I know I’m in the minority here, but I do like my burgers a little more on the done side, especially when they are thin pattys, so when the burger came out medium-rare, I was a little put off, but it was still a very good burger. The bacon was absolutely delicious, not too tough to get through and not too peppery. The cheese was just “ok” in my eyes. I actually preferred putting the Wisconsin Cheddar, that we got with our cheese fries, on the burger instead and would have much rather had that as a cheese option in the first place. It’s not that the aged cheddar was bad, I just prefer that melted, gooey cheese. And finally the BBQ sauce. I dont know who Rufus Teague is, and I don’t know that I’ve had his BBQ sauce outside of DMK, but it’s a damn fine BBQ sauce and tasted really good on this burger. My family is known to drown things in ketchup, and that’s normally what I would put on a burger, but this BBQ sauce on this burger was awesome.
Celeste went with the #8 which is a burger consisting of iceberg lettuce, tomato, raw onion, bread & butter pickles, mayo, and your choice of cheese, and then she added an egg for an extra dollar. Her burger was cooked more to the way I like mine, so probably medium on the scale, and that egg on top really made me second guess my decision to forgo the egg, but there’s always next time.
She loved the tomatoes that were on the burger, she thought they were extremely fresh and juicy, and that that overall it was a solid burger, but it didn’t quite beat out Edzo’s on the Evanston burger scale, and I’d have to agree. We split a side of Wisconsin Cheddar & Scallion Cheese Fries, which had amazing cheese, but the fries themselves were too undercooked to me. Celeste likes them a bit on the “soggy” side, but I prefer my fries to be a little crisper. Neither of us opted for the milkshakes, but the guy behind us really seemed to be enjoying his, so maybe on our next visit.
We’ll definitely be back to DMK Burger & Fish again in the future, but I’m not sure if we’ll dine in or just do carry-out. Despite the small size of the space, it is a full-service restaurant, so if you sit down you will have a waitress and everything, so that was nice, but at the same time if you want to sit in the couple chairs outside on the sidewalk, you have to do carry-out. That’s probably what we should have done, not that there was anything at all wrong with our service, we just would have rather sat outside than sat inside at the bar facing the wall.
So while it’s not quite as good as Edzo’s, DMK is still an awesome addition to the town of Evanston.