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Great burger between Chestnut Hill and...

...Manayunk or King of Prussia. Basically, I live in Chestnut Hill but will be going to a movie with a burger fanatic on Tuesday night in either Manayunk or King of Prussia. So, does anyone know of a great burger (prefer "great" to "good") in either C-Hill, Mt. Airy, Germantown, Manayunk, East Falls, Lafayette Hills, Plymouth Meeting, Conshohocken, King of Prussia, or anywhere else I might hit going between my house and one of the two theaters? I'm a vegetarian so don't have a good feel for where the great burgers are to be had. I know that LaBan said Blackfish has a great burger, but unfortunately that is only for lunch and this will be an evening adventure. I personally love McMenamins for their beer selection, fries, etc., and would expect that they have a good burger, but have been disapointed with things like the bun on their veggie burger, leading me to believe that a hamburger there might not be great. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated as none of the "best of" reviews that I've found seem to highlight burgers in these parts. Thanks!

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  1. You might try Lucky Dog in Lafayette Hill on Germantown Pike.

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    1. re: Den

      Great. Thanks for the suggestion as that would definitely be convenient. Is all of their food pretty decent?

      1. re: Laura D.

        Decent, yes but not worth the ridiculously long wait for a table on Friday and Saturday nights.

    2. Cresheim Cottage has a very nice burger with hormone free beef. Their fries are good too.

      1. Have you thought about Cafette?

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        1. re: Den

          Does Cafette have burgers? Despite being about 3 minutes from my house (via foot) I've never actually been there. Perhaps this would be a good time to try it..

          It looks like we are definitely going to the movie in Manayunk, and we should have plenty of time to find dinner before the flick. So, any additional suggestions between (or sort of between) Chestnut Hill and Manayunk would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

        2. Does anyone know if the Ugly Moose or US Hotel have good burgers?

          1. The burger at McMenamin's vacillates between good and great. They have a problem with doneness - I like medium-rare (as do all true burger lovers, right?) and always order my burger as such, but they only hit it about 1/3 of the time. When they do, it's a Great burger. The rest of the time the burger comes medium and is only Good - the overcooking changes the texture and flavor of the meat.

            That said, I wouldn't kick that burger out of bed, and a you already know it's a nice place with nice people - hard not to have at least a Good (if not a Great) time eating there.

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            1. re: GDSwamp

              As an inveterate McMenamin's patron who’s eaten probably over a hundred of their burgers (and will gladly continue to do so) I nonetheless would personally never call their burger “great”. It’s a decent burger but surely not a “destination” burger IMHO (which I think that the poster is looking for). I think that their burger gets a lot of “luv and pub’” because of the size. But to me the quality of the meat is very average (whether cooked medium or well done) and in addition to that the fries can taste like fried chicken or fried fish.

              1. re: Chinon00

                Thanks for the input about McMenamins. Regardless of burger quality, it looks like we are going to head to Manayunk as opposed to Mt. Airy. A friend suggestion Thomas' for a great burger or Flat Rock for decent food in general...any thoughts on that? Thanks!

                1. re: Laura D.

                  I am a big fan of the food in general at Flat Rock. It is dirt cheap, always good. Not always very good for you, mind you. I can't speak to their burgers or anything made of beef though, since that is not part of my food vocabulary.

                  1. re: DanielleM

                    Thanks Danielle...we might give that a whirl now that you've given a favorable review of the food in general. Thanks!

                2. re: Chinon00

                  You know, you're right. McMenamin's burger is not "great." There've been days when I was thrilled to be eating that burger and felt very satisfied by it, but if I were to make a list of Great burgers I've had, that one wouldn't be anywhere near the list.

                  So, I take it back.