Since I inspect bridges, I often find myself in areas I don’t know much about. Last week, I happened to be in Clifton Heights, just west of Philly. One of my coworkers told me about this place in the area that was known for their steaks. That place is Walt’s Steaks.
My steak was ordered with whiz and fried onions. The steak was chopped finely and mixed in with the onions and whiz. The roll it was served on was fresh and tasty. Walt’s serves a solid steak. It’s off the beaten path if you’re in Philly, but if you head out west, it’s worth stopping in for a steak.
Also, in case you’re wondering. Their steak isn’t just good for the burbs. This steak is better than some of the ones I’ve had in Philly, like Jim’s.
Tagged: cheesesteak, clifton heights, philly burbs
329 E. Baltimore Ave
Clifton Heights, PA 19018
A couple months ago, a close friend organized a potluck. The event was a lot of fun and successful so we had another in December and another yesterday. This time around, since another friend (host this time) and I are hockey fans, we decided to do it on the day of the 2012 Winter Classic.
The last two dishes I made for the potlucks have not been entirely too successful. I set the bar a bit high and/or just poorly prepared to make it. Not this time though, as I made one of my favorite things, Five Cheese Mac & Cheese.
I’ve recreated the mac & cheese a couple times since then with slight modifications and results ranging from alright to almost as good. Campanelle pasta, I feel, is a pasta that I had to stick with. I’ve used elbows in the past and I just think that campanelle holds the cheese/sauce better. Only problem with using campanelle is that even though Barilla makes it, I’ve only seen it at a couple groceries. The main modifications I made to the original recipe were Pecorino Romano instead of Parmesan, smoked paprika instead of paprika, and orange cheddar instead of white cheddar. This batch certainly came out close if not better than the first time I made it! I think it may have been the smoked paprika that set it over the top.
Several others attended the potluck and brought some great food and drinks! Check out the photos below:
Tagged: friends, potluck
Another stop on my Brooklyn trip last week was two8two Burger in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. I came across this place when I was looking for a restaurant that had burgers and craft beer which was pretty close to my friend’s apartment.
The menu offers seven different kinds of burgers, including a turkey and veggie option. Being my first time there, I went for the burger at the top of the list, the two8two Burger. The two8two Burger comes topped with cheddar, roasted poblano peppers, two8two sauce, lettuce, tomato, and red onions and is served on a potato roll.
I asked for it medium rare, though I was not asked how I wanted it cooked. Perhaps, they cook all their burgers to medium? The burger was messy, as the patty even broke apart during consumption. Despite that, the flavors were good and I enjoyed it. As much as I like burgers on artisanal bread or brioche buns, I think it’s great that two8two decided to but their burgers on potato rolls.
Beer-wise, they’ve got 8 taps of craft beer. Not bad at all. The wait staff should get used to the types of beer being served though, as the waiter gave my friend a weird look when he said he wanted the “weiss” beer.
Thanks for the dining company, Christian and Meg!
Tagged: brooklyn, burger, cobble hill, nyc
282 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Last week I met up with a friend for lunch in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at Five Leaves. Her suggestion was not just for the close location to her apartment (she had lots to do), but more because she thought this burger was worth me trying.
The menu offers two burgers, though I opted for their signature burger, the Five Leaves Burger, also the one that Amy recommended. She also got the same. The order was two Five Leaves Burgers, medium rare, with truffle fries. Yup, you read that correctly. These burgers have the option of coming with truffle fries!
The Five Leaves Burger consists of a grass-fed beef patty, a fried pineapple ring, house pickled beet, harissa mayo, and an organic sunny side up egg. I added sharp cheddar to the burger.
Oh, it certainly was worth me trying. The beef was cooked to perfection. Each bite was juicy and had a balance of sweet and savory. I never would have thought to put a pineapple on a burger, but it totally works here. I’m not entirely sure if the beet affected anything, but it didn’t bother me. I patted myself on the back for the addition of the sharp cheddar. This was the tastiest cheddar I’ve ever had on a burger. Every bite had a taste of the melted sharp cheddar. The egg was also nice and runny, the way it should be on a burger. The truffle fries that accompanied the burger were delicious as well!
I would very much like to come back to Five Leaves again in the future (Amy are you reading this??). The Five Leaves Burger is definitely one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.
Go out and try it!
Tagged: brooklyn, burger, fries, greenpoint, nyc
18 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Ever since I moved down to the area two years ago, everyone has told me that the Good Dog Burger is one of the burgers that I’ve gotta try. After an unnecessarily long wait, I got my chance last weekend.
The Good Dog Burger consists of a 1/2 pound, Roquefort stuffed sirloin patty topped with caramelized onions on a toasted brioche bun. The burger is accompanied with a generous helping of their hand cut Yukon Gold & sweet potato fries and aioli.
I ordered it medium-rare and it was cooked to perfection. It was a good burger but the previous hype made me wanting more than what I received. I think if there wasn’t any hype around the burger I would have enjoyed it more. The fries and aioli are pretty tasty, too.
Tagged: burger, good dog, philly
224 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102