wimpy’s original – wimpy cheese burger

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Name: Wimpy Cheese Burger
Location: Wimpy’s Original, 1015 N Providence Rd., Media, PA 19063
Protein: 6 oz. Angus beef
Bun: Aversa Bakery Bun
Toppings: American cheese, lettuce, tomato, fried onion, bang bang sauce (Wimpy’s secret sauce)
Burger to Bun Ratio: Great
Accompaniments: Fries & soda (with combo meal)
Price: $9.85 (combo)

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Notes, etc.: The burger is customizable, as you have lots of choices in toppings. I wanted a closer to traditional flavor profile for mine.

The fresh Aversa bun was delicate and airy, yet strong enough to hold up to the juicy burger. It was tasty and had a good sear which added some texture. The bang bang sauce had some notes of sweetness and spiciness and complimented the burger and fries well. The combo came with a very generous helping of fries. This may be the best burger I’ve had in Delaware County.

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white rose system – small burgers

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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smashburger – radnor

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Smashburger
550 E Lancaster Ave
Radnor, PA 19087

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