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Name: Buick Roadmaster & the Levis Combo
Location: Levis Hot Dogs & Sandwiches, 966 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001
Protein: Skinless, original recipe, 7″ long Angus beef hot dogs, 2 fish cakes (on the Levis Combo)
Bun: Morabito Bakery roll
Toppings: Buick Roadmaster: spicy mustard, sauerkraut, raw onions, and pepper hash. Levis Combo: (I added) pepper hash, grilled onions, and spicy mustard.
Accompaniments: Pickle slices
Price: $12.97 (includes 2 hot dogs, Champ Cherry cola, and tip)

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Notes, etc.: Despite being skinless, Levis dogs are still pretty good. I really liked The Buick Roadmaster with all the simple toppings. The only downside was that the sauerkraut was piled on the bottom of the roll (underneath the dog) and eventually saturated the roll (which lead to an eventual hot dog breakthrough mid-consumption). If I wasn’t convinced about the “Philly Surf & Turf” being a tasty combination before, I surely am now. It was made well, tasted great, and left me satisfied. Make sure that when you visit, you wash it all down with a Champ Cherry cola.

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wimpy’s original – wimpy cheese burger

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Name: Wimpy Cheese Burger
Location: Wimpy’s Original, 1015 N Providence Rd., Media, PA 19063
Protein: 6 oz. Angus beef
Bun: Aversa Bakery Bun
Toppings: American cheese, lettuce, tomato, fried onion, bang bang sauce (Wimpy’s secret sauce)
Burger to Bun Ratio: Great
Accompaniments: Fries & soda (with combo meal)
Price: $9.85 (combo)

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Notes, etc.: The burger is customizable, as you have lots of choices in toppings. I wanted a closer to traditional flavor profile for mine.

The fresh Aversa bun was delicate and airy, yet strong enough to hold up to the juicy burger. It was tasty and had a good sear which added some texture. The bang bang sauce had some notes of sweetness and spiciness and complimented the burger and fries well. The combo came with a very generous helping of fries. This may be the best burger I’ve had in Delaware County.

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smashburger – radnor

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Last week, I was lucky enough to get an invite to the media preview of Smashburger’s first Pennsylvania location, opening in Radnor, just west of Philadelphia. I’ve always seen and heard of Smashburger from friends in NYC and North Jersey so I was pretty stoked to finally get a chance to try it down here. Smashburger founder, Tom Ryan, was present to guide us through the tasting of several burgers, sandwiches, sides, and desserts.

All the burgers are made of 100% Angus beef and are “smashed” on the grill. The burgers and other sandwiches are served on butter toasted egg, multi-grain, spicy chipotle, or pretzel buns. You could get it on lettuce if you really wanted to go carb-less. There are also two different sizes for the burgers, Smash, giving you 4.5 oz. of meat, and a Big Smash, giving you 6.5 oz. of meat.

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What I found pretty awesome about Smashburger is their regional menu items. For the Philly area (there was one in Glassboro, NJ prior to this one opening), the items are the Philly Burger and the Philly Dog. Both of these are topped with grilled onions, Whiz, and Gulden’s Mustard. The burger is then served on a pretzel bun, creating a burger combination of two iconic Philly foods.

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Aside from the Philly Burger, which was great, everything else was as well. The BBQ, Bacon & Cheddar Burger had flavors that the Burger King Rodeo Burger couldn’t even compare to. This burger has BBQ sauce, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar, and haystack onions on an egg bun.

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They offer a large selection of sides, too. They offer Smashfries, fries tossed in rosemary, garlic, and olive oil. Sweet potato fries, haystack onions (think fried onion threads), and veggie frites are other side options. The veggie frites were a tasty alternative to the deep fried potatoes as they were seasoned well and tasted great.

Smashburger was pretty good. If you find yourself out on the Main Line, stop by!

Smashburger
550 E Lancaster Ave
Radnor, PA 19087

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basically burgers – basically brunch burger

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Not too long ago work brought me out to the Doylestown area. I’m rarely in Doylestown and know nothing about where to eat when I’m up there. A quick search on my phone showed that there was a burger joint in town.

Basically Burgers is located right on Main Street and their menu offers several different combinations under their “Basically House Burgers” section. You can also make your own custom burger, order a hot dog, or other grill items. The burger that drew my attention was the Basically Brunch Burger.

The Basically Brunch Burger is made up of an Illg’s Meats grass fed beef patty which is topped with American cheese, cheddar, bacon, a fried egg, and a hash brown. It’s served between two halves of a fresh baked challah bun from Warrington Pastry Shop.

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With all the toppings on this burger, it was pretty big. Surprisingly it wasn’t as messy of a meal as I thought it was going to be. It was cooked medium-rare and was very juicy. However, I felt that the meat could have used a little more seasoning. The combination of cheddar and American was tasty. They melted well to assure each bite had cheesy goodness. The hash brown also added an awesome, crunchy texture to each bite. I would have preferred the strip of bacon to be a bit crispier so it could have broken up with my bites instead of fighting through it.

Unfortunately, the meat and bacon were the downsides for me. However, it could be different next time, as it’s an execution issue, not product or quality. I definitely want to come back to give em another shot.

Basically Burgers
33 N Main St.
Doylestown, PA 18901
215.345.8502

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drake tavern – bacon, ranch & cheddar burger

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Last weekend was another brunch day in the burbs. Being close to Jenkintown, I tried one of Drake Tavern’s seven burgers.

The Black Angus burger comes topped with (obviously) bacon, ranch, and cheddar. In addition to those, it sits on top of lettuce and a bed of fried onion strings. It’s sandwiched between a LeBus bun and served with pickle chips and Brew City fries. I later learned that Brew City fries was the name given to their beer battered fries as they have regular fries, too.

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The burger was cooked right to medium-rare. It wasn’t particularly dry, but it wasn’t super juicy either. It was, however, pretty large and a good size for the fresh baked, flaky LeBus bun. The burger was alright and filled a craving but could have been better. My favorite part was the fried onion strings. Those things were good! I would have preferred a juicier burger, meltier cheese, and a smidge more ranch (the burger needed more moisture of some sort). The fries needed a little bit more, too.

They have a couple other burgers on the menu that sounded good. Perhaps I’ll try one of those next time!

Drake Tavern
304 Old York Rd.
Jenkintown, PA 19046
215.884.8900

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