The black-on-black décor took some took some getting used to, and the restaurant featured shabby-chic black ladders as the main focal point.
At Parts and Labor, there were plenty of seats available, but I opted for the bar that flaunted a chevron-pattern and natural wood.
Because of the quality pizza served at Parts and Labor’s sister restaurant the Boiler Room (@boilerroomchi, 2210 N. California Ave.), where LoganSquarist recently hosted its January Neighborhood Meetup, expectations for quality eats were high.
The Deal and the Food
The restaurant concept is to keep it simple. Classic burgers and sides, washed down with a swill. The $10 deal is the way to go. Diners get a char-grilled double patty burger with raw veggie toppings, a choice of side (decently portioned), and either a cheap shot or a cheaper beer.
Though the soda selection is not included as options for the $10 special, the obscure choices are definitely worth checking out. I’d return just to try some of the lesser known brands. The beer list was so-so, and the cheaper options accompanying the deal as expected. A goto Pabst Blue Ribbon accompanied my meal.
As for food, I ordered a burger, curly fries, fried giardiniera and fried pickles.
The food overall was heavily salted, but satisfying. A bartender at Parts and Labor says the pickles and giardiniera are made in-house. They were particularly enjoyable with the Sriracha aioli. Battered and fried tempura style, the sweet vinegar and slight spice made them a pleasing bar snack.
The curly fries were a different story. They were sliced thin and covered with seasoning salt, requiring additional sips of water after a just few bites. They became too cold to eat pretty quickly.
The LoganSquarist Verdict
For neighbors hankering for a burger and want to opt out of patronizing the Golden Arches, Parts and Labor is a decent alternative, just plan on a gluttonous, salty and fried experience.
Photo: Corinne Derusha