hop angel brauhaus – burgermeister meisterburger

I’ve been spending a lot of my time in the Fox Chase area of Philadelphia lately and more particularly really close to Hop Angel Brauhaus. When I first saw it in the vicinity, I remembered that they had this wild looking burger on their menu. This past weekend for Sunday brunch, I had the Burgermeister Meisterburger.

This burger definitely looks deserving of its meister title. It’s huge. The 10 oz. patty is made from next door neighbor, Reiker’s Prime Meats‘s ground beef. It’s served on top of HAB sauce and a bed of crispy fried onions then topped with shredded smoked gouda, ham, and a fried egg. All of this is then sandwiched between a Holmesburg Bakery bun. The Meisterburger is accompanied by a healthy serving of tasty housecut fries and a side of ketchup.

There were some good and some not so good things. The burger looked awesome when it came to the table. I couldn’t wait to dig in. It’s huge and this burger certainly won’t leave you hungry. As I started to eat the burger, I noticed my medium-rare burger was overcooked to medium-well. There was very little pink and a slight lack of juiciness. I felt the toppings were great additions to the burger. The HAB sauce was similar to a thousand island and the fried egg was perfectly runny. The ham was something I haven’t quite experienced on a burger before but it seemed to work. I loved the texture and taste the crispy onions added. Unfortunately, the tasty locally baked bun was too fragile to hold up to the large burger, as the last quarter of the burger fell apart in my hands onto the plate. Fortunately, the burger to bun ratio was perfect. Every bite had a good amount of burger in it!

I’m sure I’ll be back again as I enjoyed my experience. Their menu offers other great sounding sandwiches, German food, and beer!

I should also mention, if you live in Center City and are looking to check this place out, it’s only a block from the Fox Chase train station!

Update 10/2013: I’ve been back to try this burger ever since I moved to the neighborhood and I must say it was delicious. The burger was cooked to medium-rare and was very juicy. The accompanying fries are perfectly seasoned and crispy.

Hop Angel Brauhaus
7980 Oxford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19111

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jägerabend speisekarte

Jägerabend speisekarte, when translated from German to English, is hunter’s evening menu (Google translation). Simply put, it’s a hunter’s dinner.

A five course hunter’s dinner was held at Brauhaus Schmitz last Thursday, featuring local Philly chefs, including Brauhaus’s own, Jeremy and Jessica Nolen. In addition to the Nolens, the chefs cooking were Jen Carroll (Concrete Blonde), Jeff Michaud (Osteria), and Peter Woolsey (Bistrot La Minette). In addition to the dinner, diners were given the option of a wine or beer pairing. I went with the latter.

To start the dinner, an amuse bouche was served from each of the chefs. It is pictured above. Clockwise from the bottom left is: rabbit mortadella with rye beer bread (Michaud); duck confit rillette, orange, crouton (Woolsey); smoked Guinea hen, warm duck fat potato-radish salad (Carroll); venison tartare, spruce oil, toasted barley-hazelnut salad (Nolen). The amuse bouche was served with a Kulmbacher Mönchshof Kellerbier.

The rest of the dinner in pictures:

Carroll's first course: Rohan duck hearts, sea urchin, fennel, cardamom-cherry jus; beer - Schönramer Gold Lager

Woolsey's second course: spiced red wine braised wild boar, crozets in vinegar beurre blanc, Brussels sprouts, blood orange; beer - Weißenoher Bonator

Michaud's third course: wild hare lasagnette, porcini pasta; beer - Ayinger Celebrator

Jeremy Nolen's fourth course: venison medallion, chanterelle strudel, black garlic streusel, juniper beer sauce; beer - Spezial Rauchbier

Jessica Nolen's fifth course: caramel custard, gingerbread crumbs, lingonberry preserve; beer - Schneider Aventinus Eisbock

The food was great and the dinner was a perfect time to try lots of game meats I wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to have. I hope they do this again next year!

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