After walking through exhibits at the Art Institute, follow the local college crowd to this order-at-the-counter eatery. While the ambience is kitschy (think bright orange walls and televisions broadcasting cartoons), the food is, as owner David Friedman describes it, "more mindful." Friedman sources fresh, natural beef for Epic's burgers, which are shaped by hand, cooked to order, and served atop fresh buns on non-petroleum-based plates. Burger add-ons include Wisconsin
cheese, nitrate-free bacon, and an organic fried egg. While this might mean the meal costs more than other counter-service spots, it all goes back to Friedman's goal of building a greener burger joint—and it all just seems to taste extra good.