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    Post #1 - February 9th, 2015, 11:01 am
    Post #1 - February 9th, 2015, 11:01 am Post #1 - February 9th, 2015, 11:01 am
    The Redhot Ranch has already won a GNR for its Western location, so I see no reason why it shouldn't be extended to their Ashland spot.

    While the new location still offers the same exact fresh cut fries, classic depression dogs, and homemade fried shrimp, it has one unique option which has become an LTH favorite: the burger. In the Main LTH Thread, Jimswside says, "the burger - excellent - nice crisp char on the edges of the patty, crisp lettuce, tons of finely diced onions, etc. Perhaps my favorite burger around right now - definitely high on the bang for the buck scale - gonna be tough not to stop every time im in the area." Ronnie says, "thought it was phenomenal; just a perfect representation of the style. " Chicago Hokie said "It was as close to the perfect basic diner style cheeseburger that I have had from a restaurant: char-crispy burger surface and properly seasoned"

    In the thread Favorite Meals, Bites and Sips of 2014 The redhot ranch burger is mentioned 5 times!

    And at around $5 for a double cheeseburger and fries, we should support locally owned places which offer great values without compromising the food.

    Sometimes pictures speak louder than words. Credit to Da Beef:

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    Redhot Ranch
    3057 N Ashland Ave
    Chicago, IL 60657
    (773) 661-9377
  • Post #2 - February 9th, 2015, 11:31 am
    Post #2 - February 9th, 2015, 11:31 am Post #2 - February 9th, 2015, 11:31 am
    I couldn't agree more! A great nomination.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #3 - February 9th, 2015, 11:36 am
    Post #3 - February 9th, 2015, 11:36 am Post #3 - February 9th, 2015, 11:36 am
    Great call and a most worthy nomination! :)

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    Double "Ranch" Cheeseburger

    =R=
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

    Another beer before happy hour to put me in the mood for drinkin', uh huh huh, oh, forget thinkin' --Beaver Nelson

    I find it a matter of note that in New York or Terre Haute, school cookies always seem to be oatmeal --Mr. French
  • Post #4 - February 9th, 2015, 11:49 am
    Post #4 - February 9th, 2015, 11:49 am Post #4 - February 9th, 2015, 11:49 am
    My favorite burger @ the moment, made even better because you get change back for a fiver.
    "In pursuit of joys untasted"
    from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata
  • Post #5 - February 9th, 2015, 12:07 pm
    Post #5 - February 9th, 2015, 12:07 pm Post #5 - February 9th, 2015, 12:07 pm
    Oh yeah! Definitely support this nom!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #6 - February 9th, 2015, 1:20 pm
    Post #6 - February 9th, 2015, 1:20 pm Post #6 - February 9th, 2015, 1:20 pm
    Yes! The burger is amazing (as is everything else...including the prices).
  • Post #7 - February 9th, 2015, 1:31 pm
    Post #7 - February 9th, 2015, 1:31 pm Post #7 - February 9th, 2015, 1:31 pm
    I regularly crave and would very much like to have one of those burgers right now. Great nomination.
    --Rich
    I don't know what you think about dinner, but there must be a relation between the breakfast and the happiness. --Cemal Süreyya
  • Post #8 - February 9th, 2015, 4:00 pm
    Post #8 - February 9th, 2015, 4:00 pm Post #8 - February 9th, 2015, 4:00 pm
    As a California ex-pat, I fully support this nomination. Closest you can get to an In-N-Out burger (with better fries too!) in Chicago.
  • Post #9 - February 10th, 2015, 10:43 am
    Post #9 - February 10th, 2015, 10:43 am Post #9 - February 10th, 2015, 10:43 am
    I've driven out of my way to avoid driving past Redhot Ranch on Ashland. This is the only way I ensure that I won't be tempted to stop.

    I love their burgers and fries. Great nomination.
  • Post #10 - February 10th, 2015, 11:45 am
    Post #10 - February 10th, 2015, 11:45 am Post #10 - February 10th, 2015, 11:45 am
    Darren72 wrote:I've driven out of my way to avoid driving past Redhot Ranch on Ashland. This is the only way I ensure that I won't be tempted to stop.

    I love their burgers and fries. Great nomination.


    HAHAHA! Ditto. This is my route home from the Kennedy coming from south. And I ALWAYS try to turn off before RHR to avoid temptation if I'm hungry!!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #11 - February 10th, 2015, 6:54 pm
    Post #11 - February 10th, 2015, 6:54 pm Post #11 - February 10th, 2015, 6:54 pm
    One of my favorite burgers and of course the dog and fries. Definitely support
  • Post #12 - February 11th, 2015, 3:17 pm
    Post #12 - February 11th, 2015, 3:17 pm Post #12 - February 11th, 2015, 3:17 pm
    Of course. Still can't fathom why the place isn't packed.
  • Post #13 - February 11th, 2015, 10:58 pm
    Post #13 - February 11th, 2015, 10:58 pm Post #13 - February 11th, 2015, 10:58 pm
    I'm blessed that Redhot Ranch is just far enough away that I don't have to date a cardiologist. GNR for sure.
    For what we choose is what we are. He should not miss this second opportunity to re-create himself with food. Jim Crace "The Devil's Larder"
  • Post #14 - February 12th, 2015, 3:25 pm
    Post #14 - February 12th, 2015, 3:25 pm Post #14 - February 12th, 2015, 3:25 pm
    No brainer- a place for the regular folks: a great burger for a fair price - rare thing in the Chi. Ive already gone on record before that the RHR double cheeseburger is the best burger in Chicago and I stand by that.

    I live 88 miles each way from RHR Ashland location but I still get down there for at least 1 RHR double a month. I get around, but dont do that for things that arn't worth it.



    GNR - yes.
    R.I.P. jimswside - 5/2/16



    @GrubSeeker
  • Post #15 - February 12th, 2015, 3:31 pm
    Post #15 - February 12th, 2015, 3:31 pm Post #15 - February 12th, 2015, 3:31 pm
    jimswside wrote:No brainer- a place for the regular folks: a great burger for a fair price - rare thing in the Chi. Ive already gone on record before that the RHR double cheeseburger is the best burger in Chicago and I stand by that.

    I live 88 miles each way from RHR Ashland location but I still get down there for at least 1 RHR double a month. I get around, but dont do that for things that arn't worth it.



    GNR - yes.

    And quite possibly the best $5 you can spend on food in all of Chicagoland.

    =R=
    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

    Another beer before happy hour to put me in the mood for drinkin', uh huh huh, oh, forget thinkin' --Beaver Nelson

    I find it a matter of note that in New York or Terre Haute, school cookies always seem to be oatmeal --Mr. French
  • Post #16 - February 13th, 2015, 6:55 pm
    Post #16 - February 13th, 2015, 6:55 pm Post #16 - February 13th, 2015, 6:55 pm
    Great nomination
    Ronnie you sure how to hit it out of the park !!
    "And quite possibly the best $5 you can spend on food in all of Chicagoland."
    Bingo !!
  • Post #17 - February 14th, 2015, 5:23 am
    Post #17 - February 14th, 2015, 5:23 am Post #17 - February 14th, 2015, 5:23 am
    fropones wrote:One of my favorite burgers and of course the dog and fries. Definitely support

    As usual the ever delightful Mark Seagul hits it right on the nose. The burgers are terrific, but lets not forget the Redhot Ranch natural casing dog.

    Redhot Ranch Ashland Double Dog and Fries
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    Redhot Ranch Ashland for GNR, yes please!
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #18 - February 18th, 2015, 2:38 pm
    Post #18 - February 18th, 2015, 2:38 pm Post #18 - February 18th, 2015, 2:38 pm
    Stopped by Red Hot Ranch for a RHR double cheeseburger yesterday. I was tempted to have another but I came to my senses and promptly left. Close call though...
    Redhot Ranch is definitely Hamburger Royalty !!
  • Post #19 - February 18th, 2015, 10:55 pm
    Post #19 - February 18th, 2015, 10:55 pm Post #19 - February 18th, 2015, 10:55 pm
    Good shit.
    "By the fig, the olive..." Surat Al-Teen, Mecca 95:1"
  • Post #20 - March 2nd, 2015, 1:49 am
    Post #20 - March 2nd, 2015, 1:49 am Post #20 - March 2nd, 2015, 1:49 am
    I’m glad the nomination was sorta phrased as an extension of the original award. I do, however, need to take a moment to be critical. I really couldn't care less about the burger, and am confused as to why it was such a huge hit here. I have had better examples of the style, and really hate that “special sauce”, ugh. I know I could order it without it, but even at that i find it unexciting.

    On the other hand, as simply an extension of the original location I would fully support this nomination for the hot dogs, shrimp and fries. RHR on Western is probably the GNR which I visit most, and I’m happy to support spreading the original GNR to this location as well.
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain
  • Post #21 - March 2nd, 2015, 9:06 am
    Post #21 - March 2nd, 2015, 9:06 am Post #21 - March 2nd, 2015, 9:06 am
    I'm with Matt on the special sauce, I find it gross. That said, I like their rendition of the Southern Cali burger certainly better than the others in town and dig their greasy/griddled/crisp edged patties more than In N Out. Subjectively speaking, I don't think lettuce and tomato have any business on this style of burger either. I know I could probably order a reasonably satisfying combination of toppings from the hot dog side of their line, but where the pickles at, a deal breaker.
  • Post #22 - March 2nd, 2015, 12:19 pm
    Post #22 - March 2nd, 2015, 12:19 pm Post #22 - March 2nd, 2015, 12:19 pm
    The sauce is canonical for SoCal burgers (and by extension burgers in places like LV and SLC). I could take it or leave it. Maybe there's a reason Big Macs have spread their special sauce across the globe, from its humble beginnings in San Berdoo, but few have picked it up.

    I think it's a very fine example of a burger that belongs to the Midwest (IN, MO and KS in particular) as much as CA. Is the Red Hot double as good as a Schoop's Mickey from one of the better Schoop's? No. But neither are most Double Doubles (Hollywood High INI excepted). This is great fast food. The fries make it a lock for me.
  • Post #23 - March 3rd, 2015, 9:18 am
    Post #23 - March 3rd, 2015, 9:18 am Post #23 - March 3rd, 2015, 9:18 am
    laikom wrote:I’m glad the nomination was sorta phrased as an extension of the original award. I do, however, need to take a moment to be critical. I really couldn't care less about the burger, and am confused as to why it was such a huge hit here. I have had better examples of the style, and really hate that “special sauce”, ugh. I know I could order it without it, but even at that i find it unexciting.

    On the other hand, as simply an extension of the original location I would fully support this nomination for the hot dogs, shrimp and fries. RHR on Western is probably the GNR which I visit most, and I’m happy to support spreading the original GNR to this location as well.


    I've had better versions of this smashed style too (all outside city limits) but playing the "I've had better" elsewhere game is dangerous in that many people have had better this or that from this or that place. Just because I've had better pizza than that at Vito and Nick's it doesn't mean its not a GNR to me. I think it's a damn fine burger and probably the best cheap eats burger in Chicago. I could take or leave the now hip West Coast sauce but for whatever reason I always just go double ranch but I do prefer only mustard, onions and pickles from all other spots where this style is served. Which FYI happens to be a style born much closer to home than IN, MO and KS. Just a heads up that I was given from someone on here, the pickles are available if you ask, though I haven't asked in a few months. Since I find myself near both Northside locations enough I just go hot dog when on Western and burger when on Ashland. I'm all in for RHR.
    Last edited by Da Beef on March 3rd, 2015, 9:23 am, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #24 - March 3rd, 2015, 9:23 am
    Post #24 - March 3rd, 2015, 9:23 am Post #24 - March 3rd, 2015, 9:23 am
    Had a burger with pickles yesterday. Good ones. No sauce. Just ketchup & mustard. Fantastic!!!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #25 - March 13th, 2015, 8:13 am
    Post #25 - March 13th, 2015, 8:13 am Post #25 - March 13th, 2015, 8:13 am
    As a kid in Milwaukee a burger with lettuce, tomato, mayo or special sauce was called a California Burger. No idea why, but I dig the combo once in a while and Redhot Ranch Ashland does the style to a T. Oh, and Jefe, pickles are available for the asking.

    Redhot Ranch, Ashland single, everything including pickle

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    Redhot Ranch, Ashland double dog, mustard, onions, sport peppers. Single burger, crisp fries in background

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    Redhot Ranch, count me a fan!
    Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without.

    Low & Slow
  • Post #26 - March 17th, 2015, 12:01 am
    Post #26 - March 17th, 2015, 12:01 am Post #26 - March 17th, 2015, 12:01 am
    I just realized something... I take back my GNR endorsement, that is unless 35th street redhots also gets a GNR by association. That and being the original location of the trio, shouldn't it get an honorary GNR?
    Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.

    -Mark Twain

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