Top 10 Burger Toppings

Eating a hamburger without any kind of garnish is downright crazy, particularly at a place like top burger restaurant Tap House Grill. We offer a wide selection of toppings to garnish their Kobe beef burgers, stuffed burgers, boozy-glazed burgers and more.

According to crowdsource ranking site Ranker.com, visitors chose the following as their top 10 burger toppings. Check them out and see if you’d rather sink your teeth into something else.

10. Grilled onions: Bad breath notwithstanding, grilled onions are certainly a popular item in the Chicagoland area, even appearing on THG’s Kobe Beef Burger.

9. Mustard: An old standby, with its vinegar bite and spicy finish.

8. Mayonnaise: Maybe it’s more than a Midwest thing to like a smear of mayo on our buns.

7. Dill pickles: A little sour and salt add to the flavor of the beef, making for a dynamic duo.

6. Tomato: A thick, juicy slice of tomato adds a pop of freshness, especially to THG’s quarter-pound black bean burger.

5. Ketchup: Catsup, ketchup—however you spell it, the sweet and salty sauce has been a staple of burgers since the beginning.

4. Onion: Fresh beats grilled on the list. Raw onions kick up the flavor, while simultaneously kicking down the “likely to be kissed” factor.

3. Lettuce: For diners looking for a splash of health on their burger, this leafy topping adds a pleasant crunch.

2. Cheddar cheese: Another longtime standby, ranking over American and Swiss cheeses. Try this tangy, creamy cheese on top burger restaurant THG’s Tipsy Stout Burger.

1. Bacon. No surprise here, right? Bacon Mania is sweeping the nation, making the best meat topping another meat. Atop a burger, this rich, salty strip pushes even a boring burger into decadent territory. The Farm Burger at THG perfects the meaty mix, featuring applewood-smoked bacon slices and a bacon bun spread.

Now that you’re drooling for a gourmet burger, find all of these toppings and more on Tap House Grill’s addictive burgers. Head over to our menu page to find out more about the sizzling selections at this top burger restaurant!

Tap House Grill September Specials

Check out all our specials and events here!

Beer of the Month
Samuel Adams Octoberfest, $3.75 drafts, while supplies last.

Sept. 10
Bark in the Park: Tap House Oswego
Join us for the Bark in the Park from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hudson Crossing Park, across the street from our Tap House. We’ll be serving adult beverages and treats for the dogs.

Sept. 11
Patriot Day
All current and retired police officers and firefighters EAT FREE! When they buy a Sam Adams pint, they’ll also get a commemorative pint glass. Offer valid for dine-in meals only. If you’re looking for a Westmont, Ill., bar or a taproom near Highwood, come on in!

Looking ahead…
It’s not too early to think about hockey!
Join us at our Lemont beer house at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, for the first Blackhawks game of the season, and enjoy lots of drink and food specials—including $2 Miller Lite drafts—and enter for a chance to win jerseys and gift cards.

5 Perfect Beer Pairings For Your Summer BBQ Favorites

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Like the 4th of July and Bruce Springsteen, some things just go together. The same idea should apply to your beer and BBQ! Check out these five awesomely delicious pairs to keep your taste buds happy this barbecue season:

Burgers and Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

Keep it simple with this classic and flavorful go-to beer. Sporting a deep amber color, a cold bottle of Sam Adams Boston Lager smoothly washes down any tasty burger fresh off the grill.

Fish and Leinenkugel’s Grapefruit Shandy.

Crisp, refreshing and a perfect match for lighter seafood like tilapia or shrimp. This citrus packed brew is bursting with the taste of lusciously ripe grapefruit and is sure to keep you cool on a hot, summer day.

Steak and Founders Dirty Bastard.

To keep up with a bold, flavorful steak, it’s best to pair it with a bold, flavorful beer. Beautifully dark in ruby color, this popular Scotch ale has the perfect amount of malty richness to complement but not overpower.

Chicken and Victory Summer Love Ale.

Every summer, a wave of seasonal brews hit the shelves – and we’re glad this one’s back! A golden ale with a subtle hoppy flavor and refreshing lemon finish perfectly pairs with chicken and other lighter dishes.

Pulled Pork and Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale.

This Georgia-brewed beer is plenty hoppy with a nice caramel sweetness and pairs flawlessly with a smokey pulled pork sandwich. It’s strong enough to cut through the spices of the seasoning, but dances well alongside the tangy flavors of barbeque sauce.

If these delicious summer flavors have your taste buds watering, stop by your nearest Tap House Grill Addictive Foods/Creative Brews and let us do the cooking for you. We’ll be sure to find you the perfect pairing to all of your favorite summer BBQ flavors.

Good Eats, Better Beer: Seven Days of Specials

Tap House signature margaritas

We get it, life can be rough sometimes – but Tap House Grill is here to help! Check out our list of specials designed to get you through even the longest of weeks. So drop by, drink up, and scarf down our daily specials that are just too good to ignore.

Monday. Got a case of the Mondays? Lucky for you, we’re serving up 10 wings & fries for just $5.99. Don’t forget to wash it down with a $3.75 Blue Moon, Angry Orchard, Pilsner Urquell, or Fat Tire.

Tuesday. Calling all burgers lovers! $5.99 any signature angus burger after 5 p.m. Who knew Tuesday could become your favorite day of the week?

Wednesday. It’s hump day and that means it’s time to celebrate with $5 signature margaritas and half price specialty tacos.

Thursday. Sorry fellas, it’s girls night. $6 featured martinis, $5 wine, and $4 desserts. Now that’s what we like to call a sweet deal.

Friday/Saturday. You made it through another work week! That’s an accomplishment worth celebrating with $3.75 Beer of the Month, $4 Fireball, and $5.50 Tito’s cocktails.

Sunday. End your weekend with with one of our $6 signature bloody marys or $3 Miller Lite & Coors Light drafts. Bringing the little ones? Kids eat for free from 4-9 p.m.

We know you’re in a rush to get on over to your local Tap House Grill but first check out the complete list of our promos and specials. Your tastebuds (and wallet) will thank you.

 

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Oswego celebrates 8 years of business

July marks a landmark anniversary for us here at Tap House Grill Addictive Foods Creative Brews — we’ve been a part of the Oswego community for eight years! As one of our seven Tap House Grill locations, we have been fortunate to welcome an overwhelming customer loyalty while maintaining our company values of high quality food and drinks.

Since opening in 2008, we’ve been able to establish Tap House Grill in Oswego as a local hot spot for addictive food, creative brews and an overall good time for our customers.

In celebration of our eighth year in business, Tap House Grill in Oswego will be offering a number of weekly specials and celebratory events.

One reason we believe the concept here at Tap House Grill has remained such a staple in the Oswego community is because we offer something for everybody. From savory pub-style dishes to more than 40 beers on tap, Tap House Grill can satisfy the cravings of just about anyone who walks through our doors. Our motto is “no one leaves Tap House Grill hungry.” Not only do we offer fresh, tasty food options, but also a wide variety of drinks to quench any thirst, including our popular Fiesta Margaritas, Angry Mules and of course the Southern Headache.

To continue celebrating this wonderful anniversary, we are offering our exclusive specials throughout the month of July. Our July beer of the month is Ginger Lemon Radler, a zesty, light, thirst quenching drink that is ideal for the warm summer weather. To makes things even better, Tap House Grill has a few specialty seasonal dishes for the month of July including our melon ball martini and our peach and BBQ pork salad. These summer dishes are sure to satisfy anyone.

Tap House Grill strives to bring people together with great beer, tasty food and good company. Make sure you come celebrate eight amazing years with the Tap House Grill family, as we are excited to continue serving and pleasing you, our customers, for even more years to come.

Three Reasons to Have Your Party at Tap House Grill

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There’s plenty to celebrate in life. Maybe you got a new job or promotion; perhaps you recently got engaged or married; or it could just be that your family wants to celebrate a holiday or birthday. Whatever the reason, one of the best ways to honor the occasion is by throwing a party. And why not host that party at your favorite gastropub?

Here at Tap House Grill, we pride ourselves on offering our customers party accommodations of all shapes and sizes, and always with a warm, inviting environment. Plus, we provide your very own personal banquet manager to ensure your party unfolds exactly as planned.

Below are a few other reasons you should consider having your next soiree at Tap House Grill.

  1. If you book your next party at Tap House Grill, rest assured that no matter what the occasion, we offer a fun, casual environment for all personality types. There’s something for everyone to love at your local Tap House Grill.
  2. Two party staples are food and spirits, and nobody does that better than Tap House Grill. Our event packages include a full-service bar with an extensive selection of beer, spirits and wines plus a catered menu of authentic gastropub dishes served buffet or family style, prepared by our top-notch chefs.
  3. Depending on the purpose of your celebration, special events like live music and promotions can be the difference between a good party and a great party. Check out our extensive lineup of weekly specials and events to see when you should book your next great social gathering.

What beers pair well with Girl Scout cookies? We have the answer!

So you find yourself with five, newly purchased boxes of Girl Scout cookies. You could eat them responsibly over the course of several months. You could sit down and devour the entire box while binge-watching your favorite television show. Or, you could get creative when enjoying the once-a-year indulgence by pairing them with the perfect beer. And, finding the perfect beer to pair is as simple as considering which tastes go well together. Tap House Grill has a selection of almost 50 different beers on tap, so why not start your search here?

Let’s consider five of the most popular Girl Scout cookies, and then find their perfect pairing on the Tap House Menu.

Thin Mints have a uniquely chocolate and minty, indulgent taste. Give them a try with the Tap House Grill Ommegang Lovely Dark and Deep, which can add even more chocolate notes to the pairing.

 

Samoas (aka Caramel deLites) are a combination of cookie, chocolate, caramel and coconut. To play up the bit of coconut in the cookie, the Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin can add apricot, mango and lemon into the mix.

girls scout cookies with beer pairing

 

Tagalongs (aka Peanut Butter Patties) are filled with peanut butter and coated in chocolate, so of course the best option is to pair them with a richer beer. Shiner Bock is a classic German lager that will leave the any cookie connoisseur feeling like he or she has just consumed a full meal — yes, of cookies and beer.

Do-si-dos (aka Peanut Butter Sandwiches) are a bit creamy, and the slight saltiness of the peanut butter would pair well with the New Belgium Blackberry Barleywine at Tap House Grill. The slight sweetness of the beer mixed with the cookie will have you reaching for more of both.

Trefoils (aka Shortbread Cookies) are buttery, and though they are not very rich, they would pair well with a light lager or pilsner from the Tap House Menu. Abita Purple Haze is a fruity, American-style wheat beer brewed with raspberry puree. The somewhat neutral, buttery taste of the cookie would pair well with the flavor of the beer.

What were the biggest restaurant trends of 2015?

It’s no secret that a modern renaissance is taking place in the food and beverage industry. Although culinary trends come and go constantly, some have the staying power necessary to become classics. Following are four trends — some of which you can find at your local Tap House Grill — that may be here to stay.

Farm-to-Fork

The farm-to-fork movement continues to gain momentum in today’s culinary scene and seems well on its way to transcending its trend status and becoming the new normal. From small culinary herb gardens in the back to entire farms owned by individual restaurants or by co-ops of local establishments, restaurateurs are taking local sourcing seriously. Even chain restaurants are serving locally sourced fare.

Healthy Children’s Meals

Parents are tired of childrens’ menu staples such as heavily battered, deep fried chicken parts, hot dogs, and other nutritionally-bereft fare, and restaurants are paying attention. Like the farm-to-fork movement, healthy food that appeals to children is likely a trend that will transition into a culinary classic.

Small-Batch, Experimental Craft Beers

Brewers are experimenting with ancient recipes from the monasteries of Belgium and Germany where the first true artisan brewers plied their craft, and this trend will likely to continue to evolve during the coming years. Another important trend in the microbrew industry is selections with lower alcohol contents. This reflects consumer interest in lighter beverages as well as appeals to brewery owners who understandably desire to limit overconsumption on their premises. As the name suggests, Tap House Grill is no stranger to small-batch and experimental craft beers, highlighting nearly 40 tap brews at a single location at anytime and featuring signature and seasonal batches throughout the year.

House-Made Specialty Items

Specialty items that have been prepared in-house is another growing culinary trend that has been well-received by the public. Popular house-made items include ice cream, sausage, baked goods, and pickles. Some also prepare their own cider and fruit juices. This trend will probably continue to gain momentum throughout the next few years. However, a counter trend has also emerged where restaurants feature products that have been crafted in-house at other establishments. For instance, a coffee shop that also offers a limited sandwich menu might feature bread baked by a nearby establishment that creates all of its own baked goods. Tap House Grill has welcomed that trend with open arms as it has long-featured its signature burgers on locally baked brioche and pretzel rolls.

These trends all reflect a heightened awareness on the part of consumers of personal health as well as community health. They want things local and handmade rather than being served frozen and otherwise processed foods delivered on semi truck. For restaurants and breweries like Tap House Grill, it’s a welcomed change as it brings the consumers’ attention to the foods and brews being featured at these establishments, and everyone is benefiting from it.

Three Christmastime Cocktails You Shouldn’t Skip This Year

As the Tap House Grill Franchise continues to grow, we’re adding more and more people to our family. We attribute our success to restaurant industry growth, our high quality food and drinks and our loyalty to customers. Christmastime is about spending time with friends and family, and sometimes, spending time with family means breaking out the strong stuff. Whether you’re singing carols around the fire or heading out to the club with friends, these Christmastime cocktails are sure to warm you up with Christmas spirit.

Stay classy with a Chrismastime Hot Toddy
It’s doesn’t get much more classic than the hot toddy. Made with sugar cubes, lemons, rye whiskey and boiled water, this drink is guaranteed to warm you up on a cold, Christmas night. In addition to being a Christmastime staple, it doubles as a decongestant in some families’ Christmas lore. Clear your sinuses and stay warm with this rye whiskey and cinnamon-sprinkled classic.

Have some fun with a Candy Cane Martini
This intricate Christmas cocktail is the perfect match for the playful-at-heart or a night out on the town. The candy cane martini includes Peppermint Schnapps, vodka, Creme de Cacao, grenadine, half and half and soda water. Don’t forget to add the candy cane garnish. You’ll feel like a kid again enjoying this sweet, minty treat.

Spiked Egg Nog
We’re using the term cocktail generously here, but we doubt you’ll mind. Make your family’s homemade egg nog recipe and add some cognac and rum, or just add the liquor to your preferred store-bought brand. While some people pick between spirits, we encourage the combination. We also encourage you to sprinkle a little nutmeg on top for some added Christmas flavor.
Whether you’re looking for something classic or fun, you’ll have plenty of Christmastime cocktail recipes to choose from this holiday season.

If you’re not into the hard stuff, opt for a delicious winter bier at the Tap House Grill, your home away from home.