Disclaimer: Rankings are based on schools I have covered/visited this football season.
1. Conant: Hands down the best burger I have had at any high school in the past five years, if not longer. Fans took to Twitter urging me to try out the burger when I covered the Cougars game against Maine South.
Initially, I had some reservations due to the horrible/burnt/slider-sized burger I had at Maine South last week, but holy cow am I glad I forged ahead.
This burger had to be at least half a pound nestled within a fresh (I believe it was) pretzel bun. It was cooked perfectly and the service from (forgot her name) the woman that served me this heavenly monstrosity, who was confident that “I won’t be disappointed,” was top notch.
And to boot, they had condiments and toppings available! Why was this such a major score? Well, at Maine South, the “condiments” station on the side of the concessions building consisted of a cardboard box filled with roughly 15-to-20 various packets (probably from someone’s car glove compartment) to dress your micro-machine sized burger with.
I’d have to say I’m excited to cover the Cougars last home game of the season so I can have at least two of these burgers- before kickoff!
Lastly, the concessions stand offered slices of pizza for just $2.50 and also had an option to purchase a chicken sandwich. I know, right? A healthy food option! Conant has certainly set the bar high moving forward!
2. Palatine: Palatine slides one spot based solely on the fact that Conant’s burger was the size of a beach ball. They still make a damn good burger and the service is impeccable.
3. St. Charles North: I’ll have to admit, I ordered a hotdog and cheeseburger 30 minutes prior to kickoff not due to hunger, but for the fact that it was like, 45 degrees with a whipping wind, and I used the food as makeshift hand warmers.
However, when I did decide to eat them, there were no complaints. The service was quick, and I got the correct change. Always a plus.
4. Maine South: I think we know by now that eating before you leave for a game at this venue is a wise choice.