Ingo's Tasty Food in Arcadia Mighty Tasty
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).
Laura Hahnefeld Ingo Bürger
Restaurant: Ingo's Tasty Food
Location: 4502 North 40th Street
Open: Over two weeks
Eats: Gourmet burgers
Price: $11 to $30 per person
Ingo's Tasty Food in Arcadia might be the hamburger stand of your fantasies -- or the future.
The latest project from the folks at LGO Hospitality (La Grande Orange, Chelsea's Kitchen, Grateful Spoon Gelato), its modern, cylindrical structure of steel and brick is almost Jeston's-esque in appearance, its tidy menu of snacks, burgers, and libations already some of the best in town.
And although the name is said to be inspired by a German music teacher one of LGO's partners had while studying violin and guitar as a child, chances are you'll find the caveman-ish version ("In goes tasty food!") to be much more appropriate.
There are five burgers and one sandwich on the menu, neatly constructed with things like Strauss Free Raised Grass Fed Beef, scratch-made sauces, and pillowy buns from the LGO bake shop (there's an English muffin option as well). Executive chef Dom Ruggerio heads up a very efficient kitchen and Kimber Stonehouse (Sportsman's Fine Wine and Spirits) sees to a tight wine and beer list that includes a rich yet refreshing blush sangria of Bieler Rose and rooiboos tea-infused Lillet ($5).
Laura Hahnefeld Crispy Chicken Sandwich
For those not inclined to indulge, there are excellent housemade cold-brewed iced teas ($3) and scratch-made lemonade ($3).
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more perfect gourmet burger version of the classic Rueben sandwich than the Ingo Bürger ($7.75). Layered with a juicy beef patty, scratch-made Dijon sauce, slices of nutty Fol Epi cheese, and a crunchy and tangy housemade sauerkraut you'll probably be thinking about on the way home, it pretty much demands a bottle of Black Market Hefeweizen to keep it company.
Equally as formidable a creation is the Crispy Chicken Sandwich ($7.50). Put together with a moist and flavorful chicken schnitzel, dill pickles, Granny Smith apples, and a spicy aioli, this kicked-up chicken sandwich is pretty much as good as it gets.