Scratch Kitchen & Lounge – Forest Park

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Scratch Kitchen and Lounge - Forest Park

Scratch Kitchen & Lounge is an urban, funky burger/sandwich joint with killer mac n cheese. We opened in January 2012 on Madison St in Forest Park and have grown tremendously since then. As our name implies, everything is made from scratch, in-house, with no exceptions.

We offer live music on the weekends and a great brunch every Saturday and Sunday. We also regularly have Bingo and Trivia nights. At Scratch Kitchen & Lounge we like low lights and loud music.

Scratch Kitchen & Lounge Location

Address: 7445 W Madison St Forest Park, IL 60130
Phone: (708) 689-8427


Monday – Thursday / 11am – 12am
Friday / 11am – 1am
Saturday / 10am – 1am
Sunday / 10am – 12am


A full pound of chicken legs (because wings are for the birds!), brined & oven-roasted. Choose your tossing sauce: Carolina BBQ, honey Sriracha, buffalo ranch, Asian, or blue cheese ranch.

Grilled spicy Italian sausage, sauteed with housemade giardiniera and served with toast points.

Half a pound of buttermilk brined chicken tenders, breaded & fried or grilled. Served with a side of fries and your choice of ranch, buffalo ranch, Asian, Carolina BBQ or honey Sriracha.

Mixed greens, cabbage, cheddar, cucumbers, crumbled blue cheese, red onion, black olives, tortilla strips and bacon. Tossed with homemade ranch-blue cheese dressing or balsamic vinaigrette.


All sandwiches come with side of the day.
Upgrade to house-cut fries for $1 or butter garlic/truffle fries for $2
add a fried egg  $2
add bacon  $3

House-ground beef patty, truffled arugula, bleu cheese, red onion, and roma tomato, on a pretzel bun.

House ground pork topped with bacon jam, thick cut bacon, cheese sauce and “Sri-Rancha” sauce… served on a potato bun.

House-ground lamb patty seasoned with mint, feta & kalamata olives, topped with cucumber, red onion, tomato & yogurt-dill sauce on a potato bun.

House-ground beef patty topped with slow-roasted pork, Carolina BBQ sauce, scratch pickles, slaw and aged cheddar on a butter bun.

House ground turkey, sundried tomatoes, melted American-Swiss blend, lettuce, tomato, onion, served on a potato bun.

Spicy Italian sausage patty, pepper jack cheese, fire-roasted jalapenos, cheese sauce & Sriracha on a potato bun.

Our killer vegetarian patty (black beans, edamame, great northern beans, garbanzos, roasted corn, cilantro, jalapeno, lime & breadcrumbs), topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and yogurt-dill sauce on a potato bun.

Feeling creative? Build your own masterpiece! Start with a beef, pork, turkey or lamb patty… pick a cheese, veggies & sauce and go crazy… we dare you to add bacon, bacon jam, pulled pork or an egg ($2 charge).


We start with a roasted shallot Besciamella sauce, add our cheese, slow simmer, and top with a toasted Panko crust.

(try adding some slow-roasted pork: $3.5)

Classic mac, with roasted poblano peppers, jalapeno, cilantro and topped with spicy panko crust and a sriracha drizzle.

Grilled chicken with blue cheese and celery in a spicy cheese sauce

See any interesting ingredients? Go ahead, you’re the chef on this one!

Straight up Mac & Cheese!


What’s a burger without fries? These portions top a full pound!

Sea salt, cracked pepper.

With white truffle oil & parmesan cheese.

Clarified butter garlic, parmesan and parsley.

Four-cheese house sauce, jalapeno, cilantro, olives, bacon and crema.

Slow-roasted pork, cheese sauce, ancho crema and slaw.

Feta, lemon, oregano, kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, cucumber and tzatziki.

Topped with chorizo cheese sauce, salsa verde and crema.


8oz. buttermilk-brined chicken breast, grilled or fried, served with LTO. Get funky… add cheese, bacon, veggies & sauce.

Slow roasted pulled pork, Carolina BBQ, tangy slaw and house brined B&B pickles, served on a butter bun.

Our pesto, hand pulled fresh mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, lettuce and red onion, served on a toasted Sicilian baguette.

Imported ham, seared and topped with pulled pork and Provolone, house cured B&B pickles and mustard, pressed.

Slow roasted pork, chopped white onion, roasted tomatillo-cilantro salsa. Served on toasted Naan bread with melted Provolone and ancho crema.


Brunch is available every Sunday from 10am – 1pm


Sweet cream bacon spiked waffle topped with house ground breakfast sausage patty, french fried chicken tenderloins tossed in bourbon spike honey-syrup,
topped with a sunny egg.

(This one will clear the cob webs!)
House ground seared breakfast sausage patty, melted aged cheddar cheese, thick cut bacon and seared hash browns, topped with a sunny egg, on a butter bun.
Feeling funky? Add a bacon spiked waffle bun! For $1.

House made banana bread battered and grilled, topped with caramel sauce, candied bananas and whipped cream.

(Not for the faint hearted)
We take a 14″ flour tortilla and stuff it with sausage, bacon, chorizo, poblano peppers, pepper jack cheese, cilantro and jalapeno. Rolled and topped with crema and tomatillo salsa.

Roasted red potatoes, house ground sausage, bacon, peppers, mushrooms, onions, spinach and melted aged cheddar. Topped with your choice of egg style.


Our delicious house made bloody mix, lemon and celery garnish

Our delicious house made bloody mix, loaded skewer and a side car of beer

(*skl bloody not included in bottomless package)




Scratch Catering - Forest Park and Oak Park

Scratch loves to get fresh. It’s kind of our thing. Fresh, locally sourced proteins and produce, cooked up and skillfully served to make your piehole happier than ever. Now, your friends, your family, your work buddies, even people you are just required to spend time with can share this mealtime extravaganza – and who will be the hero? You. That’s right, Scratch Kitchen & Lounge now caters. To you. The meals that you dream about, the burgers, the mac, the spuds… all at your next event. We will handle all the details, you just give us the where and when. Everyone will love you. This will be great. Really.

Food from Scratch, Never Frozen

A few things done perfectly, served in a fun environment, with great service