shake shack: philadelphia


I’ve been to the original Shake Shack at Madison Square Park in New York City a few times. Confession: It has been about two years since I last went. Luckily for me, a Philadelphia location opened recently and I’ve been twice now. I remember enjoying Shake Shack, but it’s been so long that I don’t remember if it was worthy of all the hype.


On one visit, I ordered a double SmokeShack, a new menu item consisting of the LaFrieda Angus beef, Niman Ranch applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, chopped cherry peppers, and ShackSauce. The burgers were cooked well, with spots of medium. Holy crap, did it taste good. It was super juicy and cheesy. The cherry peppers added a pleasant contrasting tartness to each bite. It’s one of the messier burgers I’ve had recently, but it’s all worth it when you taste it.


Every day they offer a special custard flavor of the day. The Saturday that I went’s feature flavor was “Coffee & Donuts”, featuring Philly’s own Federal Donuts. I was able to try this too, which tasted great.


On my most recent visit, I tried the Shack Stack, a combination of the Cheeseburger and ‘Shroom Burger in one. It was made up of LaFrieda Angus beef, ShackSauce, a muenster & cheddar stuffed, fried portobello mushroom, lettuce, and tomato. This was delicious. It had the texture and taste of having a mozzarella stick on a burger. I don’t think I’d get this over a SmokeShack in the future though, that one is just too damn good.


The Philly location also has some unique Philly inspired concretes. They have the Center City Pretzel which features pieces of a Philly soft pretzel and the Rittenhouse squared, which features LaColombe cofee beans, and the Liberty Shell, which features Termini Bros. cannoli shell. These are currently on my to eat list.

Beer-wise, you could get a pint of Brooklyn Brewery’s specially brewed ShackMeister Ale!

I think Shake Shack is worthy of some hype. They definitely don’t have the best fries in the city in my opinion, but they certainly have some of the tastiest burgers in the city!

Shake Shack
2000 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215.809.1742

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grand lux cafe: cherry hill – garlic-blue burger


I was invited last week to check out the new Grand Lux Cafe that’s opening in Cherry Hill, NJ. If you’re not aware, Grand Lux Cafe is basically a small chain under the Cheesecake Factory. There’s only a handful across the country and this is their latest. The sample menus we were given had burgers on it! I was slightly overwhelmed as there were lots of burgers to choose from. I eventually settled for the Garlic-Blue Burger.


The Garlic-Blue Burger consists of a 10 oz. Angus burger topped with Applewood smoked bacon, garlic-blue cheese aioli, grilled onions, tomato, and arugula. I wish I had good things to say. I ordered it medium-rare and it certainly came out well done. It was still juicy but lacked flavor. The aioli needed more, too. I know aioli is derived from mayo, but there wasn’t enough to make this different than mayo. It just tasted like mayo. The bun was also overly buttery and broke down from it’s softness. For a $13 price tag, you may want to go with something else…like the Vietnamese Chicken Summer Rolls. Those were awesome.


Don’t miss the Pineapple Smash cocktail. It’s made with muddled caramelized pineapple and whiskey on the rocks. Pretty damn tasty.


Grand Lux Cafe
Cherry Hill Mall
2000 Route 38
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
856.486.7232

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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
646.559.0702

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the industry – the industry burger


The Industry, the new industry dedicated restaurant/bar by the folks who own Good Dog Bar, has been open for almost a month now in Pennsport. The menu features several delicious sounding items, but what brought me there Monday was The Industry Burger. More particularly, on Mondays, they have a special titled, Burger & Bubbles. The deal is you get The Industry Burger paired with either the “Dive Bar” option, a bottle of Miller High Life, or the “Fine Dining” option, a glass of sparkling Cava.

The Industry Burger is a 1/4 lb. patty made from ground brisket topped with Cabot cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickle mayo. It’s served on a sesame seed bun and accompanied with Kennebec shoestring fries and a side of ketchup. You have the option of having a single, double, or triple burger, as well as adding Nueske’s slab bacon.


You’re not asked how you want it cooked, they take care of that. The thin, 1/4 lb. patty was cooked perfectly to medium-rare! The cheddar was melty, sharp, and complimented the burger well. The red onions weren’t overwhelming. I think some places give you way too many and they gave you a perfect amount here. The burger was delicious. The fries are insanely good. They’re perfectly salty and addictive in that “fast-food” French fry way.

The bun is a little thick, so next time I may get a double to get the vertical meat to bread ratio a little closer. Yup, I just said that…

Here’s my dining partner‘s “Fine Dining” Industry Burger paired with a glass of sparkling Cava:

The beer list is great, the cocktails tasted good (I tried some of my friend’s), and the burger is absolutely delicious. I will surely be coming back to The Industry.

The Industry Bar
1401 E Moyamensing Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215.271.9500

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the brgr joint – double brgr


A few years ago at my last job, I came across this place when I looked at a bridge in the area. Last week, I found myself in proximity and wanted to give it another try. The BRGR Joint’s menu is set up very similar to a Five Guys; after choosing the burger you want, you choose the sauces and toppings.

I chose the Double BRGR with A1 sauce, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and grilled onions. The big burger was served on a potato roll and looked good. Unfortunately, after a couple of bites, this happened…


Yes, that’s paper. At first, I thought it was the paper used to separate frozen burger patties, but on closer look, it was actually the paper used to separate slices of cheese. Whether it was on the burger or cheese, it’s still unacceptable. How do you not notice a huge piece of paper like that? You are watching the food you are cooking, right? I brought the burger back. I received an apology and a new burger. If I wasn’t so hungry, I probably would have taken the refund.


So a paperless Double BRGR? It’s not bad. I just question the care they put into the burgers…

The BRGR Joint
1011 W Lancaster Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
484.380.3465

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