The Fairmount/Art Museum area unfortunately isn’t easily accessible by subway. Due to this, I haven’t been able to explore a lot of restaurants/bars in the neighborhood. Luckily for me, this past weekend’s holiday party put me in the area during brunchtime.
Lemon Hill doesn’t serve a burger, but what they do serve is pretty damn close. On their menu is a diner sandwich staple, the Classic Patty Melt, which is made up of a LaFrieda beef patty, American cheese, secret sauce, grilled red onions, and house pickles. I’ve had the Supper Burger before and I believe that they were using the same LaFrieda blend in this patty melt. So it’s definitely been on my list for some time but haven’t made it out until recently.
I’ve never had a patty melt from anywhere other than a diner or my own kitchen, so this was a pretty cool experience. When I ordered, I was asked if medium was fine. That being said, I guess they’re always cooked to medium unless specified otherwise. I definitely dig Lemon Hill’s patty melt. The patty melt was sandwiched between two perfectly toasted, thick slices of bread. The pickles & onions added a pleasant tanginess to the melt. The meat was juicy and the secret sauce added an extra element that you wouldn’t normally find on a patty melt. The accompanying parsley fries were good, too.
I also got to sneak some of my dining partner’s house cured LaFrieda bacon. Delicious.
747 N 25th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130