one mile house – bowery burger

In search of beer & food last weekend, my friend brought me to One Mile House in the Lower East Side. After the making the long trip up to NYC, I was starving and noticed they served burgers.

One Mile House serves four different kinds of burgers, two beef, one chicken, and one falafel. The beef burgers are the Bowery Burger and the Angry Burger. I kept switching between the two, mainly cause the Angry Burger had Maytag Blue Cheese. I ended up with the Bowery Burger, which was topped with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, (I added) Wisconsin cheddar, and (added) bacon.

I ordered it medium-rare and it came out medium-well. It was still juicy, though the meat itself lacked some seasoning. The cheese wasn’t melty either. Also, the burger could have benefited from a stronger bun, as the soft bun started to fall apart through consumption.

On a brighter note, the accompanying Asiago fries weren’t bad and the draft list was pretty good. They had Brooklyn Sorachi Ace on tap! Definitely worth stopping in for a beer especially if you’re going to a show at the next door Bowery Ballroom.

One Mile House
10 Delancey St.
New York, NY 10002

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the industry – the industry burger

The Industry, the new industry dedicated restaurant/bar by the folks who own Good Dog Bar, has been open for almost a month now in Pennsport. The menu features several delicious sounding items, but what brought me there Monday was The Industry Burger. More particularly, on Mondays, they have a special titled, Burger & Bubbles. The deal is you get The Industry Burger paired with either the “Dive Bar” option, a bottle of Miller High Life, or the “Fine Dining” option, a glass of sparkling Cava.

The Industry Burger is a 1/4 lb. patty made from ground brisket topped with Cabot cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickle mayo. It’s served on a sesame seed bun and accompanied with Kennebec shoestring fries and a side of ketchup. You have the option of having a single, double, or triple burger, as well as adding Nueske’s slab bacon.

You’re not asked how you want it cooked, they take care of that. The thin, 1/4 lb. patty was cooked perfectly to medium-rare! The cheddar was melty, sharp, and complimented the burger well. The red onions weren’t overwhelming. I think some places give you way too many and they gave you a perfect amount here. The burger was delicious. The fries are insanely good. They’re perfectly salty and addictive in that “fast-food” French fry way.

The bun is a little thick, so next time I may get a double to get the vertical meat to bread ratio a little closer. Yup, I just said that…

Here’s my dining partner‘s “Fine Dining” Industry Burger paired with a glass of sparkling Cava:

The beer list is great, the cocktails tasted good (I tried some of my friend’s), and the burger is absolutely delicious. I will surely be coming back to The Industry.

The Industry Bar
1401 E Moyamensing Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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the brgr joint – double brgr

A few years ago at my last job, I came across this place when I looked at a bridge in the area. Last week, I found myself in proximity and wanted to give it another try. The BRGR Joint’s menu is set up very similar to a Five Guys; after choosing the burger you want, you choose the sauces and toppings.

I chose the Double BRGR with A1 sauce, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and grilled onions. The big burger was served on a potato roll and looked good. Unfortunately, after a couple of bites, this happened…

Yes, that’s paper. At first, I thought it was the paper used to separate frozen burger patties, but on closer look, it was actually the paper used to separate slices of cheese. Whether it was on the burger or cheese, it’s still unacceptable. How do you not notice a huge piece of paper like that? You are watching the food you are cooking, right? I brought the burger back. I received an apology and a new burger. If I wasn’t so hungry, I probably would have taken the refund.

So a paperless Double BRGR? It’s not bad. I just question the care they put into the burgers…

The BRGR Joint
1011 W Lancaster Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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interstate drafthouse – interstate cheddar burger

Also located in Fishtown is Interstate Drafthouse. It’s another local bar/restaurant that my housemate and other Fishtown friends often go to and I only recently had the pleasure of checking out. Interstate Drafthouse’s burger is called the Interstate Cheddar Burger.

The Interstate Cheddar Burger is an 8 oz. patty served on brioche with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, truffle mayo, and cherry peppers. It’s accompanied with fries and a pickle.

It was cooked to a perfect medium-rare, no spots of overcooking or anything! The burger was very juicy and tasted great with the toppings. The cherry peppers added a pleasant sweetness to each bite. This burger was pretty huge, too. It surprisingly stayed intact as I ate it all. They’ve got one of the better burgers I’ve had in recent days. Definitely come out to try one!

If the burger doesn’t get you out, you’ve gotta try their Fishtown Iced Tea, a Long Island Iced Tea made with Arctic Splash Iced Tea!

Interstate Drafthouse
1235 E Palmer St.
Philadelphia, PA 19125

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loco pez – 1/4 lb. burger

Located in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philly is Loco Pez, a small Mexican “street food” bar & restaurant. Living close by, I’ve been here several times already. The tacos are delicious and the nachos are some of the best I’ve had. Their menu does have a cowboy section, which consists of a hot dog, a burger, a burrito, and an American-style taco.

After several visits, I decided it was time to try their burger. It’s a 1/4 lb. LaFrieda blend burger which is topped with cheddar, pickles, and special sauce. The burger sits between a soft seeded bun and is accompanied by additional side toppings such as sliced radishes, shredded lettuce, and sliced jalapenos. Next to the burger is a very generous amount of perfectly crispy waffle fries.

The burger was cooked well. Even though they don’t ask you, I believe it’s intended to be cooked to medium. It’s only $6 and it tasted good, however, it would benefit from the juiciness of a medium burger plus a little bit more sauce.

I ordered another item from the cowboy menu, the Gabacho Taco. The Gabacho Taco is an American style, hard shell taco with seasoned ground beef, red onion, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato, and queso fresco. It was great. Even though I’m more a fan of the traditional soft tortilla tacos, Loco Pez certainly did a great job with these hard shell ones and it’s going to be tough to not get one every time I come in.

Loco Pez
2401 Norris St.
Philadelphia, PA 19125

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