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Feb 20, 2010 04:54 PM

best burger in philly

My friends birthday is coming up and she is not much of a foodie. I on the other hand am. She prefers burgers and fries to gourmet meals. I read Rouge has the 4th best burger in the country but it looks a little uptight. Any recommendations for a comfortable place with a good burger but options for foodies?

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  1. Good Dog Bar.

    And actually, I had a very good burger at Capital Grille recently. It was served with fries doused in parmesan cheese and truffle oil.

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      It seems that the capital grille only serves the burger for lunch. Plan on going out for dinner on the weekend.

      1. re: Philly Ray

        YUM! Is there anything better than truffle oil on fries? I found a gourmet shop online that sells both white and black truffle oil, and we use it as if it is going out of style. They have a black truffle salt also that is to die for! So good! -mJ

      2. Firstly, there's no such thing as the best burger in Philly. You can ask for places with a good burger, but the best? It's all subjective, what appeals to you may not appeal to someone else.

        Saying that, my favorite burger is at Village Whiskey, there's a varitey of toppings and the burger itself is juicy and flavorful and anyone who likes burgers will be more than happy with it. The rest of their menu is not huge but they had really interesting looking options, the duck far french fries are great and the desserts (all three of them) are tasty to boot.

        1. Royal Tavern has a fantastic burger and lots of other good items. Check out the specials. It's the kind of place that makes bacon-wrapped tatertots into a sublime experience.

          Never been to Village Whiskey; there is a perpetual 1.5-2hr wait no matter what time or day of the week. They don't take reservations. I love Garces but I don't dig this Manhattan-style bullshit. One day, I will make it there, tho.

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          1. re: barryg

            Oh yea if you like burger porn, check out the slideshow on this link:

            1. re: barryg

              I dig your concerns about the waiting time, but I wouldn't go so far as 1.5 to 2 hours. I've never waited longer than 20 minutes, and if it's just two people and you're willing to sit at the bar you can walk right in even if there is a line.

              Agreed on Manhattan bullshit on the other hand... I went to my favourite doughnut place just south of Orchard last weekend and there were 20-30 people waiting in line. It was just ridiculous, there's this excuse that "Oh they're rich trust fund babies/bohemian NYU students with nothing to do all day except wait for doughnuts" but that just makes it worse, these people have nothing better to do with their youth/money than wait half an hour for a god dam doughnut? Ridiculous....

              1. re: AgentRed

                Thanks for the heads up, I think I've only tried to get in with 3-4 people. Will have to try it with just me or someone else on a weekday.

                Yea I waited over 2 hours to get ramen at Ippudo recently. It was very good ramen, but I mean, really. In this case I didn't mind since I was with a large group of friends and someone else picked it. I heard they even make you wait if there are tables available, to keep the illusion of exclusivity (and keep you buying drinks at the bar). That would never fly in Philly. Unless it was a Jose Garces ramen joint.

                1. re: barryg

                  True, Ippudo at inception on 4th Ave decided to make the bar the focus and you will note after waiting for a long time at the bar, and l think it is a really nice bar, that many tables are open in the back. Remember the drinks are far more expensive and profitable than the ramen

                  1. re: barryg

                    The only time to go to Ippudo is 11am or 3pm. Otherwise it is a hot hell.

              2. re: barryg

                will have to check the website for royal tavern but will have to pass on village whiskey due to the wait. Thanks for the tip

                1. re: foodrun

                  The Royal Tavern's Angus Burger is fantastic. My favorite in the city by a mile. Great bar atmosphere also.

                2. re: barryg

                  My secret to getting into Village Whiskey- Sundays! Like, no wait at all. They had the hostess standing outside the other Sunday looking BORED. I used to get a table outside in the summer at 5:30 pm with no wait when they did not open for brunch. It is as if the world has forgotten about VW for a moment.

                  1. re: barryg

                    Two of us went to WV on a weekday at about 3 and there was only a 30 min wait for a table. There was plenty of room at the bar and that is where we sat. It did take a while to get food, I think probably 30 min. The bar was nice and the bartender was great. The burger was wonderful, but the fries were not hot enough and they took it off the bill. Timing is everything I guess.

                    Monk's for sure. Burgers, fries, great beer and wine and a delicious duck salad.

                  2. I actually love the Good Dog Burger at Good Dog on 15th Street between Walnut and Locust. Thick burger with carmalized onions and rochefort cheese, served on a wonderful roll. It is serves with potatoes and sweet potatoe fries. Very VEry Good.

                    1. You might also try South Philly Tap Room, and if you want some burger reviews, check out the posts from Philly's Burger Club: