Epic Burger

Epic Burger Named Best Burger in Chicago by TV Host

As recently aired on national television, host of Cooking Channel’s Best in Chow Cris Nannarone came to the Windy City in search of the best burger. After canvassing numerous locals he landed on three challengers: Butcher & the Burger, Epic Burger, and Rockit Burger Bar.

Cris and nine judges jumped on a double-decker for a ride around the city to taste each respective burger. After eating Epic Burger’s Epic Burger, Cris said, “If this is what all-natural tastes like then slap me in the face and call me a hippie.”

For Future’s Sake

Sustainable practices are all the rage across the restaurant industry these days.

The expansive show floors at the National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show in May confirmed that the momentum behind these initiatives isn’t waning. From tableware and takeout containers to faucets, lighting, and cleaning products, green was the word. That also extends to the proteins most quick-service and fast-casual restaurants use as their menuboard centerpieces.

The 5 in 5

In the highly competitive restaurant industry, where innovation reigns, a lot can happen in the span of half a decade. Five years ago, the quick-serve industry was a different place. Five Guys was mostly a regional player and the better-burger category had yet to explode. Chipotle started making headlines with its commitment to sustainable food. And operators were raving about hot trends like eco-friendly packaging and the renewed focus on coffee.