burgers in Philly
I'm going to make my first trip to Philly and one of the many things that I'm on the lookout whenever going to a new city is burgers. I often consult an old list that was on GQ magazine "The 20 Hamburgers You Must Eat Before You Die" by Alan Richman. I've had some great successes in some cities (NY and Seattle) and not so much in others (LA). Philly has two on this list the Kobe Sliders from Barclay Prime and the Rouge Burger from Rouge.
I normally scoff at kobe burgers, because kobe (or wagu) is raised to be tender, fatty cuts of meat - much of this effort is wasted when ground up and cooked and most of the fat dripping out.
So that leaves Rouge. I realize that it costs about $16. How is it? How does it compare with other local places?
I have a burger list that I put together for national burger month (May) - hope this helps...also, I just had the Blue Pig burger at South Philly Tap Room made from wild boar, wild boar bacon and gorgonzola -- it was delicious!!!
Amada – www.amadarestaurant.com – served at lunch only
8oz. Black Angus Burger, Tomato Escabeche,
Guindilla Aioli & Manchego Cheese on
Homemade Brioche, Truffle Fries
White Dog Cafe – www.whitedog.com
Grilled Organic Portobello "Burger"- served on the bar menu only
White Dog Special Sauce, farm lettuce, Amish cheese, dill pickle, grilled onions on a house-made bun with hand cut chips.
London Grill – www.londongrill.com
The London Burger, served on a Toasted English Muffin with 2 toppings - American, Cheddar, Provolone, Boursin, Brie, Blue Cheese, Swiss, Sour Cream, Roasted Peppers, Bacon, Caramelized Onion, Lettuce & Tomato, Raw Onion, Avocado, Caviar
Fork – www.forkrestaurant.com
Grilled Sirloin Hamburger on Brioche Roll with sautéed red peppers, onions and manchego cheese with crispy fries.
XIX Bar at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue – www.ninteenrestaurant.com
blue cheese, A-1 potted onions $4
lettuce, tomato, remoulade sauce $4
pepper jam, tarragon mayonnaise $4
Roasted Pork Belly
coleslaw, grain mustard sauce $4
The Rouge burger is not bad, but it's not worth $16 and it wouldn't even be the best burger in that area if it cost half that. I have no idea why it keeps getting mentioned in national magazines. The burger at the Good Dog (15th and Sansom, approximately) is fantastic, and so are the fries that come with it. It's cheaper, too.
My bf had the Rouge burger and liked it just fine, but he's never raved about it to anyone. St. Stephen's Green has a good burger. As does Standard Tap. But nobody beats the Good Dog burger.
Sketch Burger and Shake Joint
413 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA.
(Next to DiPinto's Guitar Shop and across from the Canvas Coffee Company and Cafe - Girard and Columbia Aves).
It's small has 3 or 4 tables that can comfortably fit 4 adults and they have high stool counter along the side wall. Definately the best burger around...really juicy beef burgers, Wagyu/ "American Kobe", vegan burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches...
(Sorry Standard Tap...I still love you but these burgers are really good). They come with a variety of sauces (Aioli, wasabi mayo, and spicythai peanut). The shakes (dairy - chocolate, vanilla, coffee and I think strawberry...Vegan/soy: Chocolate, vanilla and raspberry, coffee).
Standard Tap - 2nd and Poplar (winner of 2008 Best of Philly -Gastropub and best Bartender Ron Johnson)
Great Standard Burger (cheese, lettuce tomato, saute'd mushrrom and onions) can order w/ toppings. The Double Standard which has extra meat). comes with the Standard Fries.
never thought i'd find myself commenting on a burger thread. :)
but for what it's worth, we went to sketch yesterday and had a seitan burger, of sorts. it was good, but i could really do with some fries!!
still, the place is way cute and worth checking out. very colorful and the service is friendly.