perch pub – california cobb

A few weeks ago, friends chose to go to Perch Pub for pre-theater drinks and eats. I wasn’t quite in the mood for a burger (seriously), but when half the party decided they were getting a burger, I couldn’t resist.

Perch Pub offers four different burger combinations in addition to a build your own. All the burgers are served with an 8 oz. beef patty on a toasted sesame seed bun alongside a green salad with housemade bread and butter pickles. Fries could be added for an additional $1.50. I decided to go with the California Cobb, a burger topped with avocado, arugula, pecan-smoked bacon, tomato, and Point Reyes blue cheese dressing.

Let’s talk about the upsetting parts first. Where was the sesame seed bun? The bun used was a toasted brioche bun. Where was the housemade pickles? I was really looking forward to trying these! I was too hungry to ask where the pickles were and why the bun was different. Has their menu changed without being updated? Do they still have housemade pickles and serve the burgers on sesame seeded buns?

Now on to the good. The burger was large and looked like it had been put together with care. The dressing wasn’t just dressing. Several times that I’ve had blue cheese dressing on a burger haven’t been good. The cheese gets lost in the amount of dressing that is used. This was not the case at Perch Pub, as the crumbles of blue cheese are definitely apparent and give the burger it’s complimentary tanginess. I ordered it medium-rare and it was close, if not spot on. The size of the burger was perfect. There were no burgerless bites as it was just slightly over the edges of the bun on all sides.

Perch Pub is a great option if you’re looking for a good burger close to the theater.

Perch Pub
1345 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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  1. Jay says:

    Perch Pub is a cool spot, and the lamb burger on their menu sounds great, although at $20-plus for a burger and a beer I think it’ll be a while before I’m able to try it out. Then again, I’m probably not their target demographic so it’s cool on all counts. I’ll just have a beer and enjoy the view, after picking up a falafel or something down the street a bit at Mama’s. 😉


    Good to see you back!

    On the ‘burgers elsewhere’ tip, it’s likely I’m gonna be up in the immediate vicinity of Hackensack, NJ again next month, and, while I’m there, will be able to hit White Manna, my favorite burger joint on earth, for the first time in like seven years. Can hardly contain my excitement! I may have a White Manna Problem. Heh.

    • brian says:

      Aww man. I haven’t been to White Manna in years! I sorta miss working on bridges up in that area!

      • Jay says:

        When I worked in environmental remediation years ago, I often used to pick up soil samples from the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack. Just a few blocks right down the street from White Manna. You can probably guess where I often had lunch!

        Not far from Hackensack, and also involving bridges and not-burgers-but-hot-dogs, there used to be a fantastic little hot dog shack in an old railroad diner car just across a very simple, but old and awesome, truss bridge over the Passaic River. I can’t quite recall exactly where it was, but I want to say Wallington or Garfield? If I recall, the hot dog place left around 1987, before I began to really appreciate food (after all, I was only 8 that year), and then the rail car was a pawn shop for a few years before disappearing altogether.

        Those on my mother’s side of the family (stretching back generations in the City of Passaic, NJ) who remember seem to indicate it was somewhat locally famous for a time, and considering the area, they probably did rippers and / or pizza bread dogs. I have to find out more about this place, and possibly revive a little bit of lost local history!

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