Visited a very interesting burger concept last week - The Counter - at 666 W. Diversey Pkwy in Chicago. It had that cool steel and bright airy feel like a Chipotle although here they do offer well-trained table servers to take care of you. Soft drinks and tea glasses are large and include free refills. They also offer beer and wine.
The menu is a nice mix of finger foods, salads and sandwiches - burgers from veggie to beef to turkey to lamb and grilled chicken breast sandwiches. The 50/50 mix of parmesan garlic fries and sweet potato fries was a very generous portion of thin and crisp fries with a tasty yet subtle seasoning.
You get four toppings, 1 cheese, 2 sauces and can have your protein on a bun or in a bowl on salad greens. Topping choices include the standard fare plus some not so usual items such as shredded carrots, dilled cranberries, fried or hard-boiled eggs, herbed goat cheese spread, roasted chilis, horseradish cheddar, avocados, caramelized onion marmalade and red relish to name just a few.