madison square garden: daily burger


Madison Square Garden has been undergoing major renovations within the past two years. It’s still a work in progress but a lot has changed. One of the changes includes several new dining options. In addition to Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s (Jean Georges, ABC Kitchen) Simply Chicken and Andrew Carmellini’s (Locanda Verde) Sausage Boss, is Drew Nieporent’s (Nobu) Daily Burgers.


The Daily Burger is located on the 200 level concourse. The burgers are served on English muffins with optional American cheese and bacon-onion jam. The regular Daily Burger will run at $8.65 while the Daily Cheese Burger with the jam will cost you $9.95.


I was pretty excited to try these since most stadium burgers aren’t anything this ambitious. Also, my friend who came with me to the game said they were awesome. My expectations were high, but they were quickly exceeded. I was in shock when I noticed that the burger was cooked to a perfect medium-rare! They never asked me how I wanted it cooked, as the “assembly line” was cooking these burgers one after the other; we received our burgers within a minute or two after ordering. More importantly, this was one delicious burger.


The Daily Burger also has great non-typical stadium beers on tap. They have local favorites Brooklyn Lager, Sixpoint Sweet Action, and Sixpoint Bengali Tiger on tap!

The burger may have cost $9.95, but for a tasty stadium burger with perfect execution, I’ll pay that $9.95 every time I come up here.

Let’s go Rangers!

Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10001
212.465.6741

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lil dan’s food truck – the godfather


I heard about The Godfather from Lil Dan’s Food Truck when it earned a spot on Eater Philly’s Sandwich Supremacy bracket. Unfortunately, while that was going on, I was a temporary vegetarian. Earlier this week, I finally got a chance to try The Godfather.


The Godfather is a breaded chicken cutlet sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, mayo, aged provolone, and bacon on a Liscio’s Italian roll. The ingredients are simple, nothing crazy, but it makes for one delicious sandwich. The chicken was sliced thin and perfectly fried crispy. My only dislike was the large pieces of raw onion used in the sandwich. It gave it a little too much of a spicy zing.

Lil Dan’s Food Truck
check their Twitter for location updates
Philadelphia, PA

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local 44 – buffalo tofu hoagie


Lent is over and I’m back to not having any dietary restrictions, so it may be shocking that my first post after Lent is about another meatless dish I consumed. The buffalo tofu hoagie at Local 44 in West Philly was one of the tastiest things I had during my fast.

The buffalo tofu hoagie is a vegan take on a buffalo chicken sandwich. It’s made up of chicken fried tofu, brown sugar chipotle glaze, celery remoulade, and green onions. The fried tofu had a crisp, glazed outside, with a soft interior while the remoulade imitated blue cheese quite well, as the texture was similar. It was served on a fresh roll and accompanied with a generous amount of delicious fries.

Local 44 has a great tap list as well as other carnivorous food if vegan/vegetarian fare isn’t a draw for you. Definitely looking forward to my next visit.

Local 44
4333 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.222.2337

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pitruco pizza


Pitruco Pizza is a food truck whose specialty is wood fired, brick oven pizza. Despite their debut in September 2011, I just recently got to try them during my lunch break. One of the tastiest things I’ve eaten in the past couple weeks is their Radicchio pizza.


The Radicchio pizza comes with braised radicchio, wild mushrooms, mozzarella, parmesan, and balsamic. I really enjoyed the sweetness of the balsamic contrasting the bitterness of the radicchio. The crust of the pizza was thin, crisp, and delicious. The four slice personal sized pizzas are definitely enough to be split with another, though if you’re hungry, it’ll serve as a filling meal.

I actually had a radicchio pizza for lunch yesterday, too. It was great! Looking forward to trying the other meat varieties after Easter this Sunday.

Pitruco Pizza
Love Park (16th St. & JFK Blvd.) – Mon & Wed
Drexel University (33rd St. & Arch St.) – Tues & Thurs
Temple University (12th St. & Norris St.) – Fri
Philadelphia, PA
484.602.5454

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philly foodspotting steep up – march 2012


Last Thursday was Philly Foodspotting’s monthly eat up. In this case, it was a steep up, held at The Random Tea Room in Northern Liberties.


Foodspotters who attended were able to choose from a wide variety of such as Darjeelings, Sri Lankans, Chinese, and Japanese. They also offer several herbal infusions to soothe any aches or pains you may have. I went with the House Ceylon, a black Sri Lankan tea.


The Random Tea Room has also debuted a small bites food menu, consisting of an olive, cheese, and nut platter, a parfait, and oats.


The steep up was a fun time and it was great to see some new faces! Huge thanks to The Random Tea Room for having us. Make sure to say hi to the house dog, Izzy, when you visit!

Keep up with Philly Foodspotting. Stay tuned for our upcoming Taco Crawl in South Philly!

The Random Tea Room
713 N. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
267.639.2442

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