Taste of the Town
September 18, 2013 • 04:03:26 p.m.

Taste of the Town: Prime Bistro emphasizes good burgers

By NICOLE WESKERNA - nweskerna@shawmedia.com

The Walnut Salad, Blues burger and Cowboy burger are shown at the new Prime Bistro restaurant, located at 106. S. Riverside Ave. in St. Charles. (Sandy Bressner – sbressner@shawmedia.com)

ST. CHARLES – Matt Dakan thinks customers at his new restaurant, Prime Bistro, will be blown away once they sink their teeth into one of their burgers.

Using grass-fed beef makes all the difference, he said, noting that it’s half the cholesterol of a regular burger and includes some of the “good” fatty acids you can find in olive oil.

“I wasn’t a believer until I actually ate one,” said Dakan, the new owner of the former River Rockhouse in St. Charles, which had its soft opening on Sept. 6.

Dakan said his goal is to serve the best burger in the area, and while the menu still is being refined, it already features 11 burger selections to satisfy just about every palate.

Burgers include The Cowboy, a burger topped with onion rings, applewood bacon, cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce; the Tortilla, a burger wrapped in a grilled flour tortilla topped with tomato, onion, pickled jalapeņos, avocado, paquito cilantro and monterey jack cheese; and the Big Chili Cheese Fries, Texas toast topped with a burger and fries and lathered in chili, cheese and onions.

Then there’s the Godfather, which keeps it simple with provolone cheese, tomato, basil and balsamic dressing.

Other burger innovations include the Oooo It’s HOT, a burger topped with monterey jack cheese, pickled jalapeņos, grilled onions and jalapeņo poppers; and the Chicago-inspired Old Style burger, which has all the toppings a Chicagoan would expect on a hot dog – relish, onion, sport peppers, mustard and tomatoes.

While burgers are the menu staple, Prime Bistro also offers cage-free, steroid-free and hormone-free chicken in dishes such as the BLT Chicken Salad and the chicken tenders.

Dakan, who moved to St. Charles from southern California, also incorporated some flavors inspired by his home state into the menu. The Cali burger is one example of that; it is topped with avocado, Swiss cheese, mixed greens and ranch dressing.

The Cali Fries dish also pays homage to Dakan’s home state. The appetizer includes a plate of fries, thousand island dressing, grilled onions, shredded cheese and green onions.

Dakan said he owned a pizza restaurant in California, and the menu at Prime Bistro includes a selection of flatbread pizzas. But Dakan said he didn’t want pizza to be the main focus of the restaurant.

He said the burgers are served with a steak knife stuck handle-side-up through the sandwich.

“When you order our burger, it presents like a challenge,” he said. “One of our biggest things is ingredients. We spend a little more and try not to reflect that on our menu.”

Prime Bistro is located at 106. S. Riverside Ave. in St. Charles.

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