This Oak Forest gastropub is a favorite of locals who enjoy a neighborhood spot serving a good selection of local beers and breweries by knowledgeable bartenders. Located on a quiet neighborhood street, Petrol Station also offers delicious and creative food. I am a burger guy, and I know first-hand that Petrol Station can claim burger-bragging rights. Other items include their brown ale-infused “Drunken Reuben” sandwich, a smoky mac and cheese, fish tacos and muffaletta. This converted 1940s-era service station has been neatly outfitted in a streamlined industrial look. You can choose to eat inside, or enjoy their awesome patio seating.
Offering a nice burger selection, along with one of the best craft-beer menus in town, Petrol Station is a go-to burger choice for many local chefs. Their burgers are creative and delicious. Petrol Station offers two Angus-beef burgers – Petrol Pub Burger and The Rancor. They also offer lamb and veggie options. I ordered The Rancor – half pound of Angus beef, plus cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, lettuce, red onion, pickles, tomato, light mayo and a fried egg on a nicely toasted Challah bun. The meat was perfectly prepared (their automatic temperature is medium-well; I suggest ordering medium) with a charred crusty texture (my favorite) driving the juices to the center of the flavorful patty. The burger is “super-sized” and should be cut in half to maintain full control of the experience. All burgers come with tasty hand-cut fries. If you live in Oak Forest, you are lucky, as you can walk over any time. However, don’t let distance keep you from making Petrol Station your next burger destination.