schnippers – the big schnipp

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Name: The Big Schnipp
Location: Schnippers, 23 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010 (multiple locations in NYC)
Protein: 2, 5 oz. Creekstone Farms beef patties
Bun: Brioche
Toppings: American cheese, lettuce, plum tomatoes, pickles, red onion, Schnippers sauce
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: Nothing (Fries are $2.99 extra)
Price: $10.99

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Notes, etc.:
The burger was cooked to my liking at medium-rare and was very juicy, messy, and tasty. The brioche bun was toasted and surprisingly held together throughout consumption.

At $2.99 extra, you get seasoned and satisfactory shoestring fries. I could probably go without them next time.

Schnippers serves a great fast food style burger. If you get sad from the crazy long line at Shake Shack, keep heading down 23rd to get your burger fix.

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upland – upland cheeseburger

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Name: Upland Cheeseburger
Location: Upland, 345 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010
Protein: 2, 4 oz. grass-fed La Frieda beef patties
Bun: Orwasher’s Seeded Bun
Toppings: American cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato, peppadew peppers, avocado
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: Fries, pickle & a side of ketchup
Price: $21

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Notes, etc.:
The thin patties are cooked to around medium. The savoriness of the cheese, beef, and peppers go well with the smoothness & butteriness of the very healthy portion of avocado. The Orwasher’s seeded bun held up to the juiciness until the very last 2-3 bites, where it finally started to split, though I was able to avoid any burger insides spilling onto my plate. The bun had a firm exterior, with a light, airy interior. The tasty accompanying shoestring fries were salted, crispy, and served in a perfect portion.

Keep in mind, the burger is only available on the lunch menu. It is a little on the pricey side, but it you won’t be disappointed!

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levis hot dogs

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Name: Buick Roadmaster & the Levis Combo
Location: Levis Hot Dogs & Sandwiches, 966 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001
Protein: Skinless, original recipe, 7″ long Angus beef hot dogs, 2 fish cakes (on the Levis Combo)
Bun: Morabito Bakery roll
Toppings: Buick Roadmaster: spicy mustard, sauerkraut, raw onions, and pepper hash. Levis Combo: (I added) pepper hash, grilled onions, and spicy mustard.
Accompaniments: Pickle slices
Price: $12.97 (includes 2 hot dogs, Champ Cherry cola, and tip)

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Notes, etc.: Despite being skinless, Levis dogs are still pretty good. I really liked The Buick Roadmaster with all the simple toppings. The only downside was that the sauerkraut was piled on the bottom of the roll (underneath the dog) and eventually saturated the roll (which lead to an eventual hot dog breakthrough mid-consumption). If I wasn’t convinced about the “Philly Surf & Turf” being a tasty combination before, I surely am now. It was made well, tasted great, and left me satisfied. Make sure that when you visit, you wash it all down with a Champ Cherry cola.

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brewer’s plate 2014

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Two Sundays ago, Fair Food celebrated it’s 10th annual Brewer’s Plate! For its 10th anniversary, the event was held at the Kimmel Center, a change from its previous venue of the National Constitution Center for the past two years.

Cherry Grove Farm from Lawrenceville, NJ

Cherry Grove Farm from Lawrenceville, NJ


In typical Brewer’s Plate fashion, local restaurants/farms were paired up with local breweries throughout. The VIP section this year included a sausage contest, being judged by some Philly famous celebrities, such as Marc Summers (Nickelodeon’s Double Dare), Sheena Parveen (NBC 10 Weather), and Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles).

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Some of the tastiest dishes served included the English banger terrine with curried egg by Chef Sam Jacobson of Southwark, whom was being paired with Nodding Head Brewery. Nodding Head also served this interesting beer named, Lava. Named for it’s strong lavender and vanilla flavors.

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El Camino Real made a “drunken” maple bacon shake infused with Weyerbacher Old Heathen. That was delicious. I wanted them to fill my taster glass with it!

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Ari Miller from 1732 Meats had his black peppercorn bacon in a BLT at the DiBruno Bros. table paired with a beer & cheese soup.

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Samuel Adams offered some great beers, including Rebel IPA poured through a Citra & Amarillo filled Randall and their tasty Flemish red, Stony Brook Red.

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It was exciting to see some new local breweries such as Evil Genius Beer Company and Conshohocken Brewing Company, who will be opening a space soon!

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The Guerilla Ultima Food Truck served unforgettable lechon (roasted Berkshire pig) with sauces made from Evil Genius & Conshohocken Brewing’s beers.

Brewers Plate was and is always a blast. The change in venue, I thought, was a much better fit for the volume of people at the event. If you’ve been always thinking about going, pull the trigger next year!

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wimpy’s original – wimpy cheese burger

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Name: Wimpy Cheese Burger
Location: Wimpy’s Original, 1015 N Providence Rd., Media, PA 19063
Protein: 6 oz. Angus beef
Bun: Aversa Bakery Bun
Toppings: American cheese, lettuce, tomato, fried onion, bang bang sauce (Wimpy’s secret sauce)
Burger to Bun Ratio: Great
Accompaniments: Fries & soda (with combo meal)
Price: $9.85 (combo)

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Notes, etc.: The burger is customizable, as you have lots of choices in toppings. I wanted a closer to traditional flavor profile for mine.

The fresh Aversa bun was delicate and airy, yet strong enough to hold up to the juicy burger. It was tasty and had a good sear which added some texture. The bang bang sauce had some notes of sweetness and spiciness and complimented the burger and fries well. The combo came with a very generous helping of fries. This may be the best burger I’ve had in Delaware County.

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