spot – spot burger

I’ve been hearing a lot about this new food cart in the city, Spot. The people I follow on Twitter who have had their burgers have said great things. The only thing that stopped me from trying them is the distance to their usual spot in University City at 33rd St. & Arch St. Work brought me close to the area yesterday and I finally had my opportunity to try em. Their menu consists of burgers, cheesesteaks, roast pork, and fries. Under the burgers, you can choose from one of their gourmet burgers or choose to customize your own.

I decided on the Spot Burger, a 1/3 lb sirloin burger topped with bacon, cheddar, cole slaw, dill pickle chips, and SPOT sauce. It comes on a Conshohocken Bakery soft bun. The burger was pretty big. I certainly had to squeeze the burger and unhook my jaw a bit to take some bites. The burger was cooked to a medium/medium-well. They are generous with the amount of toppings and the burger tasted really good. The crunch from the bacon and pickles added a pleasant contrast in texture. The slaw and sauce added some great flavors as well. The ($6) price is good, too! Looking forward to my next burger from Spot. I have my eyes set on the Roquefort one!

33rd St. & Arch St. (most of the time. check their Twitter for special locations.)
Philadelphia, PA

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down home diner – big cheese burger

Yesterday I went out to try my second burger in Reading Terminal Market. My first was the All Beef Burger from Molly Malloy’s. Now, I tried the Big Cheese Burger from Down Home Diner.

The Big Cheese Burger is made up of Halteman beef and is topped with cheddar. It’s served on a toasted bun with tomatoes, lettuce, and fries on the side. The burger was overcooked to a medium well (even though the picture looks more medium/medium-rare). There was some juiciness to it but nothing else too special. My main gripe is that it doesn’t feel like a $6.99 burger. Also, where’s the onion?

For $7.99, they offer a Smokehouse Barbecue Burger which has bacon, barbecue sauce, and fried onions. I’m sure that would taste good, though I believe you can get a good burger without bacon.

Down Home Diner
Reading Terminal Market
51 N 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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llama tooth – b4 burger

I finally made it over to Llama Tooth, the restaurant right across from Union Transfer, with the large outdoor area. Their menu has five different burgers (including one veggie burger), each with their own unique toppings.

After looking at the five, I went with the B4 Burger. It’s an 8 oz. Angus beef burger served on a brioche bun and topped with blue cheese, blackening seasoning, bacon, and caramelized onion. It was just slightly overcooked to the low end of medium. The burger was pretty thick and really juicy. The B4 is one of the better burgers I’ve had in recent days. The accompanying hand-cut fries were great, too. They originally looked like a tiny serving (due to the large plate), but ended up being a perfect amount. The only other downside was that the size of the burger was smaller than the bun.

Llama Tooth
1033 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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the corner – corner cheeseburger

I’ve been to The Corner a handful of times now but have never been in the mood for a burger. Shocking, right? Last week, I finally had the Corner Cheeseburger!

It’s served on a soft bun and topped with aged cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. The meat was properly cooked to medium-rare and tasted great, especially topped with the cheddar. I enjoyed the bun, despite it’s fragility as the bottom half was soaked and didn’t hold up well. The fries on the other hand…holy crap. They were so salty. Perhaps some of the saltiest fries I’ve ever had!

The Corner also serves a breakfast burger. It’s a double cheeseburger with bacon and a fried egg.

The Corner
102 S 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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north third – bee’s backyard burger

Last Saturday morning’s run had to be rewarded properly, with a burger and a beer. Not wanting to go to far from the apartment, my friend and I decided to go with North Third. I’ve been here a couple times but this would be the first time to eat.

Their burger is named Bee’s Backyard Burger. Who is Bee? Perhaps the chef? Owner? Anyone know? Anyway, the burger consists of 8 oz. Black Angus beef topped with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. For an extra charge, you can add cheeses, a fried egg, bacon, or guacamole. I added cheddar and bacon. The burger is accompanied by a fries, a pickle, and ketchup. My burger was overcooked to well. Luckily, the meat was seasoned properly and it tasted good. I enjoyed the soft bun, though the bottom seemed to disappear (get really thin) as I was eating it.

North Third
801 N 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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