Chicago SMAK: Parts and Labor

Parts and Labor

Opened in December 2013, Parts and Labor pays homage to Chicago's Southside Wonderburger. Unlike other restaurants that have endless menu options, this Logan Square restaurant does one thing and does it well. Burgers.


This is what is amazing about this restaurant/bar - they don't feel like need to impress anyone with the latest cooking techniques or unique ingredients. You can choose from a classic double burger or a classic double burger. Of course you can choose the toppings, but the choices kind of end there (besides a few salads). The few times that I have been there, the burgers have consistently been on par. The sides, hit or miss - the fries are great, fried pickles a little too salty, fried giardinara is good as long as you use the accompanying sauce. I've consistently ordered the combo - a burger, side and beer for $10 - definitely worth it in my book.

Parts and Labor is a hipsters paradise. Guys with mustaches and tattoos wearing Chicago Blackhawk jerseys with their designer skinny jeans. Girls with blue hair and vintage pin-up girls tattooed on their arms. The atmosphere is very intentional pulling inspiration through the restaurant from the wall decor to the deconstructed food art in the menu.

One important thing to note: P&L is a CASH ONLY joint. They do have an ATM in the restaurant and will give you a free shot if you take money out there. That was my only qualm - I usually don't like dishing out a fee to take out money at a random ATM. That being said, I have no excuse, there is a Chase across the street.

Overall, I would absolutely regular this place. It's a reliable burger joint with a fun lively atmosphere.

Parts and Labor = 8/10 SMAK Approval Points