Sarah DiGregorio's Best Hamburger - 2010
Kaz An Nou
Kaz An Nou opened this year in Prospect Heights, a creation of owners Michelle and Sabastian, she from Vermont, he from Guadeloupe and France; the food is their brand of French-Caribbean fusion. The most interesting burger I've had recently is their Guadeloupe-style version, called an agoulou: By default, it's cooked more well-done than I usually find ideal, but it's the sort of thing you think about for days afterward—the spiced beef patty crunchy on the edges, slathered with avocado salsa and a quivering fried egg, sitting on a sesame-seed roll. Or get it with mushroom-scallion compote and goat cheese.