A few weeks ago, I was invited to check out Red Owl Tavern, a new restaurant at the corner of 5th & Chestnut Sts, catercorner to Independence Hall. Despite all the other awesome sounding menu items, my eyes went straight to the Big Red Owl Burger. The Big Red Owl burger is a beef burger topped with cheddar, bacon, onion marmalade, herb sauce, shredded lettuce, and tomato. It’s also sandwiched between a brioche bun. Accompanying the burger on the plate are pepper jack cheese fries.
The burger is served open faced and is pretty large when held. It was cooked to a high medium-rare (please excuse the crappy iPhone, low light cross section shot above) and the burger to bun ratio was pretty much 1 to 1. My favorite part was the flavor and sweetness from the herb sauce and onion marmalade. That stuff was delicious. The burger was pretty enjoyable, though the $15 price tag is a smidge high.
In addition to the burger, I was able to try some of the Butter Blade Steak and Marrow Bones, which were both tasty. The fried bread pudding dessert sounded really good, but I had absolutely no room in my stomach. The space is awesome and the other items on their heavy protein menu sound great. It’s worth checking out if you’re in the area.
Red Owl Tavern
433 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106