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.
The Phils’ bullpen may prove to be a season killer, but at least you can continue to eat well at the ballyard. Highlights include Federal Doughnuts (and chicken), McNally’s Schmitter and a diverse (and reasonably cheap) selection of craft beers.
It’s a cheery spot, highlighted by an incredible oyster bar and one of the most-extensive draft beer menus around.
First off, the signature burger, with its molten bleu cheese center, is amazing. But we’re judging the same standard burger at each joint. Nice to say that Good Dog’s Traditional Burger is pretty damned tasty as well.
It’s what Glen Macnow intended, when he went in on the Conshohocken Brewing Company, located at 739 East Elm Street, open from Mon-Thurs. (5-10 PM), Fri. (5-11 PM), Sat. (12-11 PM) and Sun. (12-10 pm).
The pitch here is that everything is organic and eco-friendly and super healthy. Hey, if I wanted something healthy I wouldn’t be eating 40 burgers in 40 days. They grind their meat on premises, which is nice. They boast 100-percent grass-fed beef, which is a plus.
This is a well-respected BBQ joint with a loyal following. So we expected them to know Rule No. 1 of producing a top-notch burger: Don’t over-handle the meat.
The last time we were here was May 2010, watching the Flyers lose Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semis to the Bruins and figuring that series was over. We were wrong then – and we were wrong to wait so long to get back to The Drake.