Small Cheval: A top burger spot

Small Cheval's outside view. Photo Credit: Paola Diaz

By Paola Diaz ’19

Small Cheval is a small, surprisingly well-known restaurant with a casual feeling, delicious food, and astounding service.

Located in the corner of North Milwaukee Avenue and West Wabansia Avenue, Small Cheval will catch your eye as you look around. With its very small building and homey look from the outside, Small Cheval really lives up to its name. While walking in, also, the inside of the restaurant seems casual and still homey. The restaurant has dimmed lights and high and low tables.

Because of my visit during peak hours, I was left with no space to sit down and actually eat in, so I had to buy my food to go.

With the place being full, you will find yourself surprised that there are only three things on the menu (excluding drinks). You can choose the normal burger, cheeseburger, and/or golden fries all ranging from $2.95 to $9.95, if you decide not to add any tomatoes, lettuce, or onions in your burgers. There is also a large variety of drinks available for both kids and adults.

I decided to try the cheeseburger, golden fries, and the vanilla milkshake (good combination!). The cheeseburger was amazing, definitely one of my favorite burger spots now! The burger was well cooked but the fries were not as good as expected. None of them were soft at all, which was actually disappointing. The shake definitely made up for it, though. The shake was smooth and if you are a vanilla ice cream lover like I am, you will definitely fall in love with it.

Although the place was full when I came in (around 6 p.m.), the service was amazing. There were no annoyed, grouchy cashiers. They were very friendly and respectful, even if there were people coming in and out of the place at all times. There were about 3 others in front of me, waiting for their orders. The food was ready in around 5 minutes.

Although there are very few reviews on Yelp that claim that the burgers are too expensive for their poor quality, I completely disagree. For the number of people that come to Small Cheval and the frequency that they do should prove otherwise. I also believed that Small Cheval’s burgers were definitely worth the price.

Overall, Small Cheval was like a welcoming home with casual decor, delicious food, and the best service.

  • 1732 N Milwaukee Ave.
  • Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.- 12 a.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • $2.95-$9.95