When a friend suggested we have dinner & drinks at Pub & Kitchen, I immediately agreed. It has been way too long that I’ve neglected this place. P&K was formerly known for their Windsor burger, a burger which was topped with English cheddar and homemade bacon. I unfortunately never got to try the Windsor burger before their latest burger, the Churchill, debuted.
The Churchill’s burger is a dry aged custom blend from Pat LaFrieda, the man responsible for the meat used in the burgers at NYC’s Shake Shack, Minetta Tavern, and The Spotted Pig. The bone marrow glazed beef is topped with sauteed onions before being placed on a Metropolitan Bakery brioche bun. (via Foobooz)
Prior to the burger though, deviled eggs and veal sweetbreads (on special) were ordered as appetizers. The deviled eggs came with a tasty sauce and the sweetbreads were served with a frisee salad. Both appetizer dishes were delicious. This was also my first time having deviled eggs. I’m officially a fan!
Before I go any further, I do want to say that I find burgers to be a very intimate and personal thing. When I consume a burger, from the moment I pick it up, I rarely, if at all, put it back down once it has been picked up for the first bite. It will stay there in the grasp of my left hand until it is finished. I will also not speak much to anyone at the table next to me aside from some food moans or “Oh my god, this is so good/bad,” partly due to the fact that most burgers can get quite messy (hands/face/plate) and I feel that the burger needs to be finished before I engage in further conversation. I mention this because some of these things changed when I consumed the Churchill.
churchill cross section
I ordered a medium rare Churchill…with added Great Hill blue cheese. I wasn’t going to add any extra additions but I honestly couldn’t resist adding blue cheese to a burger if that’s an option. Holy crap. The burger was so juicy and tasty. There was also an airiness to the burger, a good thing. For the first time in my life I consumed a large burger while simultaneously holding conversation with my fellow diners. In addition, the bun held up to the burger. There were no juices running off the burger destroying the bun and further running off to my fingers…none of this at all. The fries that came along with the burger were also fantastic. Does clean hands at the end of the meal plus being able to converse with my fellow diners mean a perfect burger? Of course not, but that in addition to being an absolutely tasty burger certainly makes it come close. To add to my euphoria, I washed down the meal with a Sixpoint Middleton Ale, specially made for P&K.
fish & chips
Some of the others ordered fish & chips, which smelled and looked incredible. They were served with a side of mashed peas which I’ve been told are delicious. My problem next time is resisting a Churchill and ordering the fish & chips. Anyone want to do half/half with me?
Pub & Kitchen
1946 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146-1411