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best non-gourmet burger in philly?

hey philly chowhounders... i'm from LA and will be in Philly for a friend's wedding in august. i know philly is the home of the cheesesteak, but i also want to get my burger on as well while i'm there... any recommendations from philly natives for a great under $10 burger? not interested in any fancified $16 "Rouge" burgers, thank you, so don't recommend that place. though i'm sure they serve a great burger, but i'm on a recession budget....

thanks in advance...

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  1. HerbyN: Narrow this down as to location and we can help. Otherwise you have 131 square miles of burger places - and that's just within city limits.


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    1. re: Chefpaulo

      will be staying at the Loews Hotel on Market. i suppose that's downtown, but you are asking a question to a visitor. don't know all of the neighborhoods.

    2. Good Dog at 15th & Chestnut (perhaps 15th & Walnut?) has my favorite burger. Not sure what you consider "fancified" but the Good Dog Burger is stuffed with Roquefort and has carmelized onions. If that's too much for you, you can get a regular burger which are great, as well.

      I highly recommend Good Dog. Really laid back place to grab a burger and a few beers. You won't be disappointed.

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      1. re: AllisonS

        Unfortunately that burger goes for 11 dollars.. so it doesnt meet the cost criteria. I might sugest burgers at Monks instead.

      2. I think you picked a good time to come to Philly for burgers. We are in the midst of a "burger war." Butcher & Singer, a high end steakhouse in Center City, is currently offering their normally $16 burger for $6 during lunch. PYT, a burger upstart in Northern Liberties, is offering their burger for FREE if you bring a receipt from Butcher & Singer.
        ( http://mealticket.blogs.citypaper.net...


        Also consider: SquareBurger, a burger stand in Franklin Square ($4.75); Royal Tavern in South Philly, which is a kick-ass, gourmet burger but only $9, and that is a platter with fries. The Good Dog burger mentioned, the regular, non-stuffed one, is $9 or $10 and is also a platter with a huge mound a of delicious mix of regular and sweet potato fries.

        Grub Street's burger feature has a few other options for $10 and under:

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        1. re: barryg

          thanks barryg. this helps a lot. keep the suggestions coming chowhounders...

        2. my personal favorite (maybe a bit off the typical burger beaten path) is from grace tavern.

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          1. re: micreynolds

            If you check out Grace, swap the fries for the blackened green beans. They're delicious.

          2. I highly recommend the Down Home Diner in Reading Terminal Market, which is 1.5 blocks from your hotel. Great burger, not sure if it's under $10 but it's inexpensive. Plus you can check out all the other great stuff at the Market while you're there!

            1. It's a chain (an East Coast chain), but Five Guys Burgers and Fries makes a great burger and great fries to go with it. It's definitely not gourmet, more like a very well-done version of a fast food burger. There's one on the 1500 block of Chestnut St.

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              1. re: Buckethead

                For a recession budget, Five Guys can't be beat.


                1. re: Chefpaulo

                  FWIW, Five Guys has opened a few places in LA now.

                  1. re: Velvet Elvis

                    as far as i'm aware the Five Guys in So. Cal are not yet in "Los Angeles" proper, unfortunately for me. i think there is one in Carson and Cerritos. both can be a good 30min to hour drive each way from downtown LA depending on traffic, more if you are driving from the valley...

                    1. re: HerbyN

                      I guess I should have phrased my comment like this:

                      The next time you are on the 405 in the South Bay area, go to the Five Guys in Carson. It is really good. But while you are in Philly, I hope you can find something better that is a little more local. I just moved here from LA myself, and I too am looking for good local burgers in the Philly area.

                      1. re: HerbyN

                        you've got In-n-Out. you don't need 5 Guys

                        1. re: coolgeek

                          Agree with coolgeek
                          Why go anywhere else when there is In-N-Out.
                          I don't think 5 Guys burgers are good at all,.

                2. Royal Tavern's angus burger is the best in Philly, although I suppose it could be considered gourmet with smoked gouda, bacon, pickled longshots, remoulade, brioche bun, caramelized onions....oh man, I want one now! Under $10 I believe.

                  Don't forget to wash your burger down with a killer local craft beer. Yum.

                  1. I would recommend Mc Gillins Olde Ale House. It's a real Philly landmark, and right in downtown. You can get a great burger for $4.99, an ice cold Yuengling Lager, and a true experience in the City of Brotherly Love. www.mcgillins.com


                    1. ...better yet....you can walk there from the hotel.

                      ...and we don't do chowderheads in Philly....that's New England. They talk funny up there....it'seasy to tell the difference.....YO......WAZUP

                      1. chowhounders.....my mistake