iron hill brewery & restaurant: media – kennett square burger


About a year or so ago, I checked out Iron Hill’s Maple Shade location and really enjoyed the Rising Sun IPA. Their signature burger, the Brewski Burger, left me unfulfilled and wanting more. Last weekend, a couple of friends and I were in Media and we stopped into Iron Hill for some brews and dinner.


To quench my thirst, I went with their seasonal sampler which consisted of their Belgian Tripel, Oatmeal Stout, Barleywine, Wee Heavy, Belgian Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, and Munich Dunkel (CW from top left in above photo).

I decided to give the burgers another shot. This time, I went with the Kennett Square Burger. Since Kennett Square is known as the mushroom capital of the world, a main topping on this burger is herb roasted exotic mushrooms. In addition to the mushrooms, a generous cut of smoked gouda is placed on top. The burger is sandwiched between a white bun which has shallot-black pepper aioli spread on both halves. A cup of slaw, fries, and a pickle accompany the burger.


It was better than the previous burger I had for sure, though it was still slightly unfulfilling. The bun had an airiness to it, though the crust was surprisingly more chewy than I expected. With every bite I took, I got stuck on the bun. It took a little bit more to pull away from the burger. I had the burger cooked to a medium rare, though it looked and tasted more on the medium side. Lastly, there were some burgerless bites which just consisted of the bun towards the end.


So I may not be into the burgers from Iron Hill, but the apps we ordered were tasty. One of them, pictured above, was the Grilled Alsatian Flatbread which is made up of beer braised onions, applewood smoked bacon, gruyere, and chives.

In May, Iron Hill serves a different burger every day in honor of burger month. It sounded like a lot of fun last year though I never made it out. Perhaps, I’ll try a burger again in May?

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
30 E. State St.
Media, PA 19063
610 627.9000

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wells fargo center: grille works – angus double cheeseburger


Last Saturday afternoon I was at the Wells Fargo Center for Rangers/Flyers. Being a 1 pm game and I left my apartment at 11.30, I was feeling pretty hungry after the first period. I very rarely eat food at sporting events, not just because the food is overpriced, but because it’s also rather underwhelming and unsatisfying.

Throughout the first period (and the rest of the game), food ads would flash at the corners of the “jumbotron”. I found out that there was a place in the arena that had burgers! I told my friend that I was going to get one during the first intermission. The place offering burgers was Grille Works, located between sections 112 and 113. For $8.50, I ordered an angus double cheeseburger with low expectations and a slight glimmer of hope that this would be awesome.


The two griddled patties are both topped with American cheese and are placed on a sesame seed bun with lettuce, tomato, and chopped raw onions. I enjoyed it as it had a slight backyard, childhood bbq taste and feel to it; I’m talking buying frozen patties, topping it with yellow American (I grew up with yellow, not white), and serving it on grocery store bought sesame seed buns. Yes, the price tag of $8.50 is still a tad steep, but it is arena food after all. The burger certainly exceeded my lower expectations and I would definitely think about getting it again if I needed food at WFC.

What’s your go to food at Wells Fargo Center?

Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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philly foodspotting pho eatup – february 2012


Last night we spent a cold evening warming up with hearty bowls of pho from Pho Ha in South Philly. Pho Ha offers serveral different meat options for their rice noodle soup. I opted for #15, the pho with steak, flank, tendon, tripe, and fatty flank. The bowls of pho were huge, even for a small (pictured above). It was damn good! They had a generous serving of noodles and beef thrown into a flavorful broth. Check out some other photos from the eatup:


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Have you been to Pho Ha? What’s your favorite place in Philly to get pho?

Pho Ha
610 Washington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215.599.0264

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cantina dos segundos – mexican beast burger


With Huevos Dos Segundos on my mind, I went to Cantina Dos Segundos for brunch last weekend. After seeing the Mexican Beast Burger special on the chalkboard, I had to reconsider my brunch decision.

Of course I went with the burger. There isn’t a burger normally on Dos Segundos’s menu, so that influenced my decision. Well, that and the fact that I almost always want a burger…


The Mexican Beast Burger was massive. The burger comes on what seems to be a large Portuguese roll. The bottom half of the roll is topped with a thinly spread layer of refried beans. Above the beans sits the burger followed by jack cheese, caramelized chipotle onions, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.

When it came out, I started to make judgments as I saw that the bread seemed significantly larger than the burger. I quickly put the observation in the back of my head as this burger could still be delicious. All the flavors went together nicely and I don’t think any of them were unnecessary. I’ve never had refried beans on a burger, but it worked. Sure, the refried beans are a heavy ingredient, but you don’t order burgers to eat lightly, do you? Despite the large size of the roll, it was actually really good. The roll was light and airy with a flaky exterior. Even some of the burgerless bites were tasty.

The Mexican Beast Burger was a special when I went. Not entirely sure how long it’s gunna be up there for, so if you see it and you’re in the mood for a burger, don’t let the opportunity slide!

Cantina Dos Segundos
931 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215.629.0500

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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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