white rose system – small burgers

Name: Small burgers
Location: White Rose System, 201 E 1st Ave, Roselle, NJ 07203
Protein: Beef (looked freshly formed with rough edges)
Bun: Regular white
Toppings: Chopped, grilled onion, American cheese
Burger to Bun Ratio: A little more bread than meat.
Accompaniments: Crinkle cut fries, pickles
Price: $6.64 (for the combo, 2 small burgers + fries + 12 oz. shake)

Notes, etc.: These had a steamed quality to it, just like a White Castle slider, though these were a bit larger. I would have liked more beef for the amount of bun, but it was still tasty. $6.64 for steamed, griddled burgers with fries and a shake is an awesome deal.

They also had regular sized burgers which, I believe, were served on kaiser rolls. Anyone know if these are steamed as well?

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south philadelphia tap room – cheeseburger

Name: Cheeseburger
Location: South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin St., Philadelphia, PA 19145
Protein: Rineer Family Farms Grass Fed Beef
Bun: Baker Street Snowflake Bun
Toppings: Smoked cheddar, lettuce, beer-braised Country Time bacon, red onion, secret sauce
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: Fries, pickled vegetables, housemade ketchup
Price: $13.00

Notes, etc.: This burger has been on my list to try for some time now. Fellow blogger Albert Yee (Messy & Picky) told me that SPTR makes his favorite burger and when I finally get to try it, to order it rare. To be honest, I was a little hesitant to order a burger rare, especially since many places can’t even sear a medium-rare burger properly enough and it just falls apart. Trusting Albert’s recommendation and having had Chef Scott Schroeder’s food before, I figured it was in my best interest to order it rare.

Talk about a flavor punch… this thing was incredible. From the moment the plate hits your table you can smell the smoke of the bacon. The cheddar was super melty and managed to make it onto every bite. The bacon was some SERIOUSLY thick cut bacon, but yet it was easy enough to bite off without a fight and packed a ton of flavor. The burger itself was very juicy and cooked right. That cross section is sure messy, but the Baker Street bun held together well to all the juices and weight.

I am now a believer in rare burger eating. This was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.

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jerry’s bar – brunch burger

Name: Brunch Burger
Location: Jerry’s Bar, 129 W Laurel St., Philadelphia, PA 19123
Protein: Beef
Bun: Brioche (Toasted)
Toppings: Bacon, sunny side up egg, choice of cheese (I went with Cabot cheddar)
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: House cut fries and a pickle
Price: $13.50

Notes, etc.: The burger was cooked over to well, when it was ordered medium rare, yet it was still juicy. The egg was not as runny as I prefer as it was cooked more hard at the center. The house cut fries were tasty. Large size was appropriate for curing a hangover and sending you back for your afternoon nap. I’m taking this visit as an off day, as it seemed as though the place was getting mobbed while we were there.

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four years and lots of other things

So much has happened in the last 7 months. I started working in Princeton instead of Philly. I also moved to another neighborhood of Philly, a neighborhood much closer to the suburbs. Being in Fox Chase, it’s going to require a lot more effort to get down to Center City to try other places. Having a much longer work commute and a hectic schedule, I just haven’t had a chance to eat some burgers and write. Unfortunately, I don’t see my schedule changing as much, as the commute and work take up more of my time than ever before. I’ll just have to eat and write when I can.

Last month on Saturday, October 5, bridges, burgers & beer turned four years old. You’re only hearing about this now cause I had some blog technical difficulties that I only got resolved within the past week or so. As I did last year, here’s a recap of the memorable burgers I’ve had in the past year:

Name: Lloyd Burger
Location: Lloyd – Philadelphia, PA
A simple, yet juicy and delicious burger from a Fishtown whiskey bar. Made with a custom blend from nearby Kissin Fresh Meats and served on a Metropolitan Bakery bun.

Name: Bifteki Burger
Location: Opa – Philadelphia, PA
Opa’s Bifteki Burger is a neat and tasty spin on traditional Greek bifteki. Feta crumbles are mixed into the Green Meadow Farm beef before getting topped with a cucumber, tomato, and dill relish. It’s also only $10!

Name: Burger
Location: Ela – Philadelphia, PA
As I didn’t think Chef Jason Cichonski was awesome already for having a cocktail list of Brand New songs, he goes and does this. He makes a tasty Asian flavored burger that’s infused with a sauce, thus giving it a raw/uncooked appearance. I assure you it’s cooked and tastes great.

Name: Cheeseburger
Location: Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
A delicious burger from one of my all-time favorite music venues.

Name: Penrose Burger
Location: The Penrose – New York, NY
A super simple LaFrieda blend burger that packs a lot of flavor. One of the best burgers I’ve had in New York City.

Name: Butcher Burger
Location: Butcher & Singer – Philadelphia, PA
I had dinner next to Pat LaFrieda that night. One of my most memorable experiences of last year. Made with LaFrieda’s “Blend 5” mix and absolutely delicious.

Name: Burger
Location: Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen – Philadelphia, PA
One of the places that make me miss Fishtown a lot. Cedar Point has a tasty grass fed burger which you can enjoy on their deck! It also comes with a generous portion of housecut fries.

Name: Burgermeister Meisterburger
Location: Hop Angel Brauhaus – Philadelphia, PA
On first try I didn’t think it was all too great. After moving to the neighborhood I’ve gotten a chance to try it over and over again and it’s damn tasty! It’s also made with next door Rieker’s Prime Meats beef. This is a monster of a burger.

smashburger – radnor

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.

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.

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.

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!

550 E Lancaster Ave
Radnor, PA 19087

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