Wednesday, June 1, 2016

FOODIE FUN: Hard Rock Cafe World Burger Tour Giveaway, Review & Photo Feature

Sometimes it's a blast to play tourist in your own town. Hard Rock Cafe has been a popular destination for Chicago visitors for years, but it's in a fairly touristy strip close to downtown, so we don't often venture out to eat there. However, when the Hard Rock Cafe reached out to us for a World Burger Tour review and giveaway, we hit the road to the Hard Rock Cafe without a backward glance. ChiIL Mama loves to ChiIL out with some foodie fun in Chi, IL and beyond, and this restaurant is a kid, tween and teen friendly favorite that's definitely not boring. 

ChiIL Mama's family ChiILin' at the Hard Rock Cafe in Chi, IL

My husband ordered the Java Lava burger and said it was excellent. Despite a double dog dare, he wisely did NOT eat the fried jalapeño topper.

My 13 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed her burger, too, and the steak knife that came with it!

Don't wait! Like all great tours, this one will come to an end, so get to a Hard Rock Cafe from now through June 30th and make some tasty memories. Mouth watering details are below.

This priceless guitar, strung upside down because Jimi Hendrix was a lefty, hangs in the entry way. It's also unusual because he almost always played a Fender Stratocaster.

Check Out ChiIL Mama's Full Set of Photos in the Slide Show Right Here & More of Our Favorites Imbedded Below:

We're thrilled to be partnering up with Hard Rock Cafe to offer our readers a fun giveaway for your home grilling enjoyment. We have been compensated for sharing this information with our readers.


Want this sweet set for the frontman or woman who steals the show at your grill outs? One of our lucky readers will win this star worthy Hard Rock Cafe branded merch grill set including:

    One (1) oven mitt
    One (1) apron
    One (1) spatula

ENTER HERE, early and often through midnight, June 8th for your chance to WIN! Open to US residents nationwide.

Follow along on our adventures and add a few of your own with the hashtag #worldburgertour on ChiIL Live Shows' Twitter (Chi, IL entertainment & more), ChiIL Mama's Twitter (Family Friendly Fun in Chi, IL and beyond) and Hard Rock Cafe's Twitter (rockin' food with attitude).

ChiIL Mama's Adventures at Hard Rock Cafe Photo Favs:

We all had a great time at Hard Rock Cafe. The food was tasty, and the teens got a kick out of the music and the impressive memorabilia collection. The manager even came over and gave us a little history lesson on the place. He was quite friendly. Hard Rock Cafe does an excellent job of mixing genres and eras of the streaming music videos too, so the teens recognized current hits and we got to reminisce about our own younger rock, punk and metal days.


Despite the wonderful looking World Burger Tour offerings, I couldn't resist ordering the shrimp fajitas, and I have no regrets! 

The BBQ pulled chicken was a huge hit too. There's something for everyone.

My sound guy husband was on a film crew, making a documentary about Hard Rock Cafe's memorabilia acquisitions, when they got this kickin' guitar from Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick.

A super sweet finish... hot LAVA CAKE with vanilla ice cream! 

Give the cook a break and go out to eat at Hard Rock Cafe. The World Burger Tour is only in town till June 30th, so go already. Don't miss this!

Hard Rock World Burger Tour

VIRTUAL WORLD TOUR: Hard Rock Cafe locations in North America are celebrating the start of burger season with a menu showcasing international Local Legendary™ Burgers. Travel the culinary world without leaving town. The limited-time *World Burger Tour menu is available now through Thursday, June 30, 2016.
*World Burger Tour menus may vary by location; guests should consult their local cafe for a full list of featured burgers

Backstage Burger Pass
Hard Rock gives chefs at their cafes the freedom to create a unique Local Legendary Burger that captures the flavors of their city. This year more than 160 local burgers were evaluated by Hard Rock’s culinary team with fan favorites selected to headline the World Burger Tour menu. Throughout May and June, Hard Rock Cafe menus* will feature the following World Burger Tour offerings:

English Breakfast Burger (London, England) – a Certified Angus Beef® patty topped with sliced ham, a sausage patty, a fried egg, a portobello mushroom, arugula and garlic aioli and served with a side of baked beans

Java Lava Burger (Seattle, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty grilled and dressed in a house-made espresso rub and topped with lava sauce, crunchy java onions, bacon, melted Cheddar cheese and garnished with a fried jalapeño

Tandoori Chicken Burger (Mumbai, India) – a dark meat chicken patty seasoned with aromatic spices and fresh herbs, topped with mint mayonnaise and served with a side of cucumber

Jamaican Jerk Burger (Montego Bay, Jamaica) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with banana pepper rings, mango jalapeño cream cheese and jerk mayonnaise

ATOMIC! Burger (Las Vegas, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with Atomic beer-battered peppers, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, garlic chipotle ketchup and chipotle mayonnaise

Tango Salsa Burger (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with andouille sausage, Monterey Jack cheese, chips de batata, a fried egg, salsa criolla and garlic aioli

Greek Burger (Athens, Greece) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with arugula, feta cheese and a tomato slice

Aloha Burger (Honolulu, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with SPAM, Monterey Jack cheese, a grilled pineapple ring with sweet soy glaze, guacamole and pico de gallo

Hard Rock Cafe has created cocktails that perfectly complement World Burger Tour offerings. Served in Hard Rock’s iconic mason jars, adult guests can order with the suggested pairing or mix it up with any other burger from the limited-time menu. New cocktails include: 

All Jacked Up – created to balance the Jamaican Jerk Burger’s spicy flair, this cocktail features a mix of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, PJ, Orgeat and lime juice, garnished with orange and pineapple wedges and a cherry

Crisp Sipper – inspired by the Aloha Burger’s sweet and savory taste, this cocktail features a mix of Hendrick’s gin, Monin Cucumber, lemon, orange and raspberry, topped with tonic and garnished with rosemary and thyme

MelonPalooza – designed to complement the fresh flavors of the Greek Burger, this cocktail features a mix of Midori Melon Liqueur, Malibu Rum, Hard Rock’s house-made sour mix and PJ, garnished with slices of pineapple and strawberry

Sweet & Fiery – inspired by the ATOMIC! Burger’s spicy flavor, this cocktail features a mix of Absolut Peppar Vodka, Canton Ginger Liquor, Blue Curacao, lemonade and ginger beer, garnished with a red pepper

Black Cherry Melonade (non-alcoholic) – created to complement the rich espresso of the Java Lava Burger, this mocktail features a mix of Black Cherry Real and Monin Cucumber, topped with ginger beer, garnished with a cucumber slice and a cherry

ACTUAL WORLD TOUR: This year, Hard Rock is also offering a literal World Burger Tour, a travel package that takes the most adventurous burger enthusiasts on the road (and the skies) to sample offerings from the World Burger Tour menu at Hard Rock Cafe locations in London, Athens, Buenos Aires and Seattle! Ready to book your ticket? Click here: Hard Rock World Burger Tour.

Burger Tour for the Roadie
For those a little more hungry, Hard Rock will bring its menu to life and offer a unique burger experience that takes guests’ taste buds on an international journey.

Hard Rock, in conjunction with global experience agency RPMC, is offering a World Burger Tour travel package that includes stops at iconic cities including London, England; Athens, Greece; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Seattle, United States. This four-stop, once-in-a-lifetime excursion celebrates the cities that inspired Hard Rock’s World Burger Tour.

The World Burger Tour travel package is a private, 10-night trip that includes flights, first class hotel accommodations, ground transportation and exclusive dining and music experiences at Hard Rock Cafe locations in each city not typically available to the public.

Disclosure: It's our pleasure here at ChiIL Mama to partner up with Hard Rock Cafe on this giveaway and sponsored post. The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International. As always, all opinions, photos and experiences are my own.

Family Photo Fun In The Saran Wrapped Shrubbery 

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