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Lots of burger choices here: Sirloin, lamb, bison, ostrich, veggie. For purposes of this contest, we stuck with sirloin for one and bison for the second. But we’ll be back for the others. Correction: Make that all the others except veggie.
We respect the Iron Hill for its craft beers and its respect to ground beef. In fact, during May, the 10 local Iron Hill locations roll out their “31 Burgers in 31 Ddays” campaign, offering a new design every day of the month. Hmmm. I think if I hadn’t just finished 40 in the past 40 days, this might appeal to me a little more.
This little pub, an apparent hangout of Graduate Hospital workers, is as laid-back a place as we found over our 40-day adventure. So laid back that none of the 20 or so folks there the night we stopped in were even bothering to watch Flyers-Rangers playoffs on the bar TV. But that’s a different story.
By far the most expensive burger we had during this venture, so we took the head honcho of WIP and made put him this lunch on his expense account. I know we’re paying a bit extra for excellent service (and it was) and a nice view of the fountain at Logan Circle. But 24 bucks?? Sheesh. At that price, the burger should be wrapped in gold leaf and come with its own personal trainer to help me work off the pounds I’ve gained in the past month.
What a bargain. The five-buck burger at this hipster hangout wins the prize for best value in this contest. It’s juicy, nicely charred on the outside, gristle free and went down beautifully with the “Carton of Milk” nitro stout from the extensive beer menu.
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Jeff Lurie has his gold standard, I’ve got mine. And this is the standard by which all great burgers must forever be judged. It’s legendary, gaining acclaim from everyone from Oprah to legendary food critic Alan Richman, who listed it among “20 burgers you must eat before you die.” I don’t know about the other 19, but I could eat a Rouge Burger and then die happily.
We’ve drooled over the Pub and Kitchen burgers before and, quite frankly, expected that they could be a finalist in this contest. But not on this night.
We’ve been to Phil’s many times over the years, enjoying the ribs, cheesesteaks and other delights from that huge menu that looks like an Andy Reid play chart. And their burger placed high in the contest last time we did it nine years ago.
This iconic NYC chain joined the local burger scene in 2012 and the long lines (we hit the shop and 32th and Chestnut) speak to its stature, at least among the drunken Drexel coeds who packed the place on St. Patty’s night. The namesake shakes are wonderful – smooth and milky, without the ice crystals you get at other fast-food joints.
The gimmick at this upscale South Jersey mall restaurant is that they pair your burger with a specific wine. Okay, we’re usually good with a craft beer or frothy milkshake, but if the waitress suggests a Shiraz with my bacon burger, I’ll give it a try
There are things to like here: A tremendous craft beer list, an intriguing menu (we didn’t have the nerve to order the crispy pig’s ear appetizer) and a burger that sounds promising: Two quarter-pound patties of ground brisket, tangy Cabot cheddar cheese, a seeded brioche roll and Neuske slab bacon.
Remember the first time you ever ate a Big Mac? All that “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, special sauce on a sesame seed bun.” It was great. But hey, your tastes have graduated from that. Your palate has refined, right?
If I am ever convicted of a capital crime and get to order one last meal before lethal injection, chances are I’ll ask for Village Whiskey. A plump burger, fries cooked in duck fat and double-barrel bourbon seem to me the perfect way to go out. And Jose Garces knows how to do it right.