south philadelphia tap room – cheeseburger

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Name: Cheeseburger
Location: South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin St., Philadelphia, PA 19145
Protein: Rineer Family Farms Grass Fed Beef
Bun: Baker Street Snowflake Bun
Toppings: Smoked cheddar, lettuce, beer-braised Country Time bacon, red onion, secret sauce
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: Fries, pickled vegetables, housemade ketchup
Price: $13.00

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Notes, etc.: This burger has been on my list to try for some time now. Fellow blogger Albert Yee (Messy & Picky) told me that SPTR makes his favorite burger and when I finally get to try it, to order it rare. To be honest, I was a little hesitant to order a burger rare, especially since many places can’t even sear a medium-rare burger properly enough and it just falls apart. Trusting Albert’s recommendation and having had Chef Scott Schroeder’s food before, I figured it was in my best interest to order it rare.

Talk about a flavor punch… this thing was incredible. From the moment the plate hits your table you can smell the smoke of the bacon. The cheddar was super melty and managed to make it onto every bite. The bacon was some SERIOUSLY thick cut bacon, but yet it was easy enough to bite off without a fight and packed a ton of flavor. The burger itself was very juicy and cooked right. That cross section is sure messy, but the Baker Street bun held together well to all the juices and weight.

I am now a believer in rare burger eating. This was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.

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cedar point bar & kitchen – burger

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My days as a Fishtown resident are unfortunately coming to an end. Fortunately, I was able to stop into Cedar Point one last time (hopefully not) before I move out.

I ordered the burger, despite all temptations to order the fried chicken & waffles. The burger is made from grass fed beef and then topped with pimiento aioli, Herdsman cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, and tomato. It’s served on a perfectly sized brioche bun from Baker Street in Chestnut Hill. The burger was perfectly cooked to medium-rare with a nicely charred exterior. It was very juicy and tasted great. Accompanying the burger was a generous portion of housecut regular and sweet potato fries. These were seasoned perfectly and had some crispy sweet potato fries (some places’ sweet potato fries don’t crisp too well).

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As my days wind down here, I’m going to have to come back again for another burger while I sit on the deck with a beer in my favorite Philly neighborhood.

ps. The lady ended up getting the lobster mac and cheese on special, which was incredible. If that’s on special again, get it!

Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen
2370 E Norris St.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
215.423.5400

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local 44 – the 44 cheeseburger

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I’ve only been to Local 44 a few times and have always told myself I need to go more. Being a Fishtown resident, I rarely get myself to venture out to West Philly for a lot of things. Fortunately, prior to a show at the Mann Center, Local 44 was the perfect location for pre-show brews and bites.

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The 44 Cheeseburger is made up of ground sirloin and topped with housemade American cheese, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. It’s sandwiched between a fresh baked, toasted Metropolitan Bakery bun. It was just cooked right to medium-rare and the simple ingredients/toppings tasted great together. The bun, although perfectly sized and tough enough to hold up to the juices of the burger, was not my favorite. The crusty outside was a little too tough for me. That aside, it didn’t take much away from the already well made and tasty burger. Accompanying the burger was a good portion of awesome housecut fries. For only $10, this is a great burger for a lower than Philly-average price.

Local 44
4333 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.222.2337

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triumph brewing company: princeton – triumph burger

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Truth. I’ve never been to Triumph Brewing Company in Old City, Philadelphia. I love beer and I honestly have no answer why I’ve never gone. My new job has put me up in Princeton, where Triumph’s original brewpub is located. Last week, I finally made it out for some brews and dinner.

Their burger, named the Triumph Burger, sounded good. It’s made up of a Pineland Farms grass-fed beef patty topped with romaine lettuce, tomato, and red onion. I paid $0.75 for the addition of cheddar.

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It was cooked medium rare and was the perfect size for the fresh bun, which held together through consumption. There were no bites without a good balance of burger and bread. The burger wasn’t super juicy, but it had a great charcoal grilled taste. Accompanying the burger are fries (not house-cut), pickles, a side of ketchup, and a side of a special sauce/aioli. My friend ordered the pastrami sandwich and his didn’t come with the aioli, so I assumed it may be used to accompany the burger. I put some on the burger and definitely took the flavor up a notch.

Triumph Princeton has a pretty relaxed atmosphere in downtown Princeton. The burger was good as well as the beers. I’ll definitely be returning here after work sometime.

Triumph Brewing Company: Princeton
138 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542
609.924.7855

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the penrose – penrose burger

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While in NYC a few weekends ago, I went to catch up with some friends in the Upper East Side. They suggested to grab food & drinks at this place around the corner and they specifically said they had an awesome burger. I, of course, was more than alright with this plan.

The Penrose’s burger is simply named, the Penrose Burger. It is made up of a specially made Pat LaFrieda blend, topped with lettuce, tomato, onions, and McClure’s Pickles before getting sandwiched between a toasted, fresh country white bun. A few additional add-on’s are available for $1 each (gruyere, Irish cheddar, muenster, American, applewood bacon, caramelized onions). I added the Irish cheddar.

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The first thing I want to point out is that I ordered it medium-rare and it was perfectly done. The meat was juicy and seasoned just right, I probably didn’t even need the addition of cheese. The Irish cheddar, however, was tasty, too. The burger was quite simple, and the quality really shined, as it didn’t need the addition of any crazy ingredients or sauces (not saying that burgers with additions are subpar by any means). The bun, despite the bottom half being saturated with the burger juices, managed to hold together and was the perfect size for the burger.

I’m pretty confident to say this was the best burger I’ve had so far this year. It was a little noisy of an atmosphere to catch up with friends you haven’t seen in over a year but for this burger, I may have to bite the bullet to have it again!

The Penrose
1590 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10028
212.203.2751

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