Mon, Jan 7 2013 07:39
|I can bear-ly contain myself!|
Madison Bear Garden
316 W 2nd Street
MBG has all the charm of a college Greek system hangout, but with some seriously awesome cuisine to back it up.
The ambience is LOUD, both visibly and audibly. A giant statue reminiscent of Bob's Big Boy holds a burger and mug of Sierra Nevada and smiles as you make your way to the restrooms. Chico State memorabilia hangs everywhere. Several TV screens broadcast different games, and there are arcade games for both kids and adults who want to remain single for the rest of their lives. Multiple bars. Karaoke. Dancing. Pool tables.
All of that aside, the food is amazing. The Thunder Humper may sound like a typical chili burger, but it's far from it. The beanless chili is meaty, smoky and dark, as if it had been simmering for hours. Slop that over an open-faced burger, top with diced onions and finely shredded cheddar, and you'll have to force yourself to come up for air once you dive in.
Do yourself a favor and order the Onion Rings, if only to make use of the bottle of J. Lee Roy's Dippin' Sauce at your table. The label states you can use it as a "buffet dip", whatever that is. All I know is that the spicy, sweet, tangy sauce takes onion rings to the next level.