On October 5, 2012, my blog turned three. For some reason, I always seem to forget that it’s my blog anniversary. That shouldn’t happen anymore since I created a yearly reminder in my calendar.
The past year has been fun and difficult. Besides having burgers in my usual coverage areas of Philly and New York, I was able to try a bunch on vacation when I was out in Seattle and Portland. After vacation in late summer, I hit a rough patch as I was overwhelmed with moving and other life issues so I thought it was best to take a hiatus. Luckily, that hiatus only lasted a month. I decided that my previous posting timetable of Tuesdays and Thursdays was just too intense for my schedule, wallet, and (probably) health, haha. Two burgers a week isn’t really a healthy habit, is it? From here on out I’ll be posting once a week, on Wednesdays.
Instead of recapping favorite posts as I did in past years, I’m going to go through some of the favorite burgers I’ve had (in no particular order):
Name: Daily Cheeseburger
Location: Daily Burger at Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
A burger from a sports arena which is served on an English muffin topped with American cheese and bacon-onion jam? Yes, please. Did I also mention they’re cooked medium-rare? It’s a shame there’s no hockey season this year so I don’t think I’ll be having a Daily Cheeseburger for a while.
Name: Five Leaves Burger
Location: Five Leaves – Brooklyn, NY
When I first saw a pickled beet as a topping, I was a little skeptical. After the first bite, I was a fan. The flavor profile of the Five Leaves Burger was unique and delicious, combining sharpness from the cheddar, sweetness from the pineapple, and tartness from the beet. Easily in the running for one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.
Name: Ohayou Gozaimasu
Location: Katsu Burger – Seattle, WA
This Japanese inspired burger joint in Seattle serves their version of a breakfast burger. The meat is served katsu style, meaning tempura battered and deep fried. A totally novel idea that could have turned out poorly but in fact was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.
Name: Breakfast Burger
Location: Lucky Old Souls – Philadelphia, PA
A delicious burger with flavors of salty from the bacon, heat from the habanero cheddar, and sweet from the blueberry jam. Served on a local challah bun with homemade and local ingredients, LOS’s breakfast burger is a must try.
Name: Red Mill Deluxe w/ Cheese
Location: Red Mill Burgers – Seattle, WA
Ever had a Burger King Whopper? I used to eat these often, back when I was a fat middle schooler. The Red Mill Deluxe w/ Cheese from Red Mill Burgers in Seattle recreates that flavor profile, yet tastier and with much better ingredients. I wish this place wasn’t all the way across the country.
Name: Angus Burger
Location: Royal Tavern – Philadelphia, PA
Unlike several burgers I’ve had, Royal Tavern’s Angus Burger uses smoked gouda and a pickled longhot as toppings. Both served as delicious toppings for a properly cooked burger.
Name: Supper Burger
Location: Supper – Philadelphia, PA
Supper’s burger uses crisp country ham which adds a nice porkiness and crispness without the overplayed bacon. Cooked perfectly and served with delicious duck fat potatoes.
To further celebrate three years, I’m having my first giveaway on the blog! The folks over at City Dining Cards sent me a pack to give away.
If you haven’t heard, City Dining Cards is a deck of 50 cards, each one representing a restaurant. Each card features a $10 discount on a check of $30 or more, excluding tax, tip, and alcohol. The idea behind City Dining Cards is to promote local eating, as all the participating restaurants are in Philly and 5% of deck sales go towards The Food Trust. The decks cost $20 and can be bought at their site, City Dining Cards. Want to win one? I’ve had lots of burgers in Philly and there are still a lot that I haven’t tried. Simply leave a comment below with a Philly burger suggestion and why I should have it! The contest will close on Tuesday, October 30 at midnight and a winner will be chosen at random.
Thanks again to all you readers out there. It feels great to be back writing and eating burgers again!
UPDATE: 11/1/12 – Congrats John for winning the deck of City Dining Cards! I’ll be contacting you! Thanks all for leaving your feedback!