o’neals – o’neals burger

When it comes to Irish pub/sports bar food, my expectations are generally pretty low. The food I’ve had at these establishments have been great…when intoxicated. When sober on the other hand, just okay. Last week I figured, hey, I might just have surprisingly good food from an Irish pub.

O’Neals serves a burger called the O’Neals Burger. It’s made from Angus beef and comes topped with Cajun spice, cheddar, bacon, BBQ sauce, fried onions, mixed greens, and tomato. All that is placed on a kaiser roll.

After the first couple bites, I thought it wasn’t so bad. The meat was about medium and there was some flavor. The more and more I ate, however, the flaws became more apparent. I’m not crazy about the use of a kaiser roll. I’ve had a couple kaiser roll burgers in the past and I don’t remember enjoying any of them. The roll just seemed to be too dry and overwhelming. By the time I got to the middle of the burger, the meat had shifted to the edges of the bun. After a couple more bites, it was pretty much all on the plate. Lastly, the burger was kind of dry and tasted rather, meatball-ish. You know, that taste where it seems like maybe bread crumbs had made it in to the ground mix? Not saying that happened, but it tasted like it.

There was something good about it. You have the option of getting tater tots as your side!

611 S 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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the institute – drunken cow

Last fall, I tried The Institute’s porter smoked burger. Since then, they have changed their menu up and have a couple new burger offerings. One of the new burgers that struck my eye was the Pin-Up burger, a burger topped with Reese’s peanut butter sauce, Hershey’s Dark Chocolate syrup, and candied bourbon bacon. Yup, you read that right. I certainly didn’t have a sweet tooth the other day, so I went with the Drunken Cow, a burger with bourbon blue cheese and caramelized onion.

The Drunken Cow was fairly similar to the porter smoked burger I had last time. It’s similarities are that this is made up of an 8 oz. beef patty served on a brioche bun with mixed greens, tomatoes, and red onion. Also like before, you can choose to have tots over fries and greens as your side.

The burger was cooked to a proper medium-rare and was pretty juicy, but there were some things that could have made the burger better. First, maybe the burger should hit a hotter cooking surface initially, as it seemed fairly soft on the outside. Another thing would be the use of blue cheese? The cheese certainly tasted a lot like goat cheese, as it had that tartness to it. One of their other burgers does in fact use goat cheese, so it’s not out of the question to use goat cheese on a burger here.

The Institute
549 N. 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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one mile house – bowery burger

In search of beer & food last weekend, my friend brought me to One Mile House in the Lower East Side. After the making the long trip up to NYC, I was starving and noticed they served burgers.

One Mile House serves four different kinds of burgers, two beef, one chicken, and one falafel. The beef burgers are the Bowery Burger and the Angry Burger. I kept switching between the two, mainly cause the Angry Burger had Maytag Blue Cheese. I ended up with the Bowery Burger, which was topped with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, (I added) Wisconsin cheddar, and (added) bacon.

I ordered it medium-rare and it came out medium-well. It was still juicy, though the meat itself lacked some seasoning. The cheese wasn’t melty either. Also, the burger could have benefited from a stronger bun, as the soft bun started to fall apart through consumption.

On a brighter note, the accompanying Asiago fries weren’t bad and the draft list was pretty good. They had Brooklyn Sorachi Ace on tap! Definitely worth stopping in for a beer especially if you’re going to a show at the next door Bowery Ballroom.

One Mile House
10 Delancey St.
New York, NY 10002

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north third – bee’s backyard burger

Last Saturday morning’s run had to be rewarded properly, with a burger and a beer. Not wanting to go to far from the apartment, my friend and I decided to go with North Third. I’ve been here a couple times but this would be the first time to eat.

Their burger is named Bee’s Backyard Burger. Who is Bee? Perhaps the chef? Owner? Anyone know? Anyway, the burger consists of 8 oz. Black Angus beef topped with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. For an extra charge, you can add cheeses, a fried egg, bacon, or guacamole. I added cheddar and bacon. The burger is accompanied by a fries, a pickle, and ketchup. My burger was overcooked to well. Luckily, the meat was seasoned properly and it tasted good. I enjoyed the soft bun, though the bottom seemed to disappear (get really thin) as I was eating it.

North Third
801 N 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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the boilermaker – cheeseburger

Last week, I was invited to try some food and drink at The Boilermaker. The bar has a short menu consisting of small bites, sides, sandwiches, and rotisserie chicken. The beer selection, however, is quite the opposite. The downstairs bar features 28 non-local beers on tap. The upstairs bar has 12 local beers on tap. In addition to the beers, they serve boiler makers! Many of you are familiar the Citywide, consisting of a 16 oz. PBR and a shot of whiskey. That is offered here, too, as well as other beer and shot pairings.

It’s not surprising that I tried the Cheeseburger. The Boilermaker’s burger comes on a toasted brioche bun and is made up of two 4 oz. patties (cooked medium-rare), American cheese, and malt sauce. It’s accompanied by hand-cut fries, a spicy pickle, and a side of ketchup.

Despite the top and bottom burgers being cooked to different temperatures (top – medium-rare; bottom – medium), they were both juicy and delicious. The toasted bun offered a nice contrasting texture to each bite. It’s a simple burger without much additions; it definitely didn’t need any. The Yukon Gold hand-cut fries are pretty good and make sure you ask for a side of truffled creme fraiche!

ps. Their weekday happy hour from 4-6 features half priced drafts! I may have to add this into the rotation.

The Boilermaker
216 S 11th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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