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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elevation burger – veggie burgers #1 & #2

In preparation of the obnoxious food eating and beer drinking that will happen next month (on vacation) in Seattle & Portland, I am trying to not consume as many burgers or beers as I normally do. With this in mind, my dining partner and I went out to Wynnewood for a veggie burger dinner at the organic burger chain, Elevation Burger.

Elevation Burger offers two different kinds of veggie burgers, #1 and #2. Both have a lot of similar ingredients in the patties, such as wheat, red bell peppers, oats, and corn. Some of the unique ingredients in #1 (lighter colored patty) are tomatoes, mozzarella & parmesan cheeses, and jalapenos. Some of the unique ingredients in #2 (darker) are brown rice, broccoli, carrots, and soy. Both were ordered with lettuce, tomato, and Elevation Sauce. We went halfsies on the burgers so we got to try both. I enjoyed #2 more, as it tasted more like a veggie burger. #1 didn’t taste bad, it just tasted more cheesy and not quite veggie burger-like. Both burgers could have benefited from a more melted cheese. The fries we ordered were addictively tasty and had the right amount of salt.

Elevation Burger
50 E Wynnewood Rd.
Wynnewood, PA 19096

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gino’s burgers & chicken – gino’s giant

A couple of my coworkers are from the Philadelphia area. They told me about this place called Gino’s that used to be around when they were growing up. Gino’s was around from the 60’s to the early 80’s when the franchise was merged with Roy Rogers. Recently, the local fast food chain has made come back in the area, with a handful of locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. We stopped into the King of Prussia location earlier this week, where I got to try the classic Gino’s Giant.

The Gino’s Giant is very similar to a Big Mac. It’s their signature burger made with two (looks like) 1/4 lb. beef patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, special sauce, and the third, intermediate piece of bread separating the patties. It’s also served on a sesame seed bun.

I don’t remember the last time I had fast food, but this definitely brought back memories of stuffing my face into McDonald’s and Burger King burgers. That’s a good thing of course. I liked it, though I think it could have used a bit more sauce or cheese that’s melted more, as it was a smidge dry.

Gino’s Burgers & Chicken
611 W Dekalb Pike
King of Prussia, PA 19406

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the wishing well – the shame burger

Last weekend a friend‘s wife gave him the boot for the day for a “ladies day” or whatever you want to call it. We ended up hanging out that day on a mission to have a better time than them! That Saturday, we ate a multi-course lunch, stopping at three places. The main stop was The Wishing Well for The SHAME Burger.

The SHAME Burger consists of a 10 oz. beef patty, a 1/2″ brick of homemade scrapple, American cheese, and a fried egg. As usual, I ordered my burger medium rare. I’m not gunna lie, the burger looked intimidating. It was one of the more meaty tasting burgers I’ve had lately. The burger was juicy, the scrapple had the crispy outside and soft inside, and the egg was perfectly runny. Shockingly, I did not feel as much shame as I thought after consumption!

If you’re feeling bold, The Wishing Well has The SHAME Burger from Hell Challenge! This challenge consists of TWO double SHAME Burgers. That’s 4 10 oz. patties, 4 bricks of scrapple, 8 slices of American cheese, 4 fried eggs, 2 orders of fries, and 2 pints of beer. The time limit on the challenge is 45 minutes. Think you can do it?? I certainly cannot, nor do I wish to attempt it. I would like to see Marcos of Fidel Gastro give it a shot!

The Wishing Well
767 S. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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the institute

The Institute has a new menu and with that new menu comes a great selection of burgers. They have one that features scrambled eggs and sriracha as well as one that features oyster mushrooms and goat cheese.

I went with their porter smoked burger which came with porter smoked gorgonzola and caramelized onions, cooked medium rare. The 8 oz. burger was served on a brioche bun and came with tots. The burger was juicy and was well complimented by the flavors of the gorgonzola and onions.

I’m more than a fan of this place as it has some tasty food (new menu plus THIS), great beers (had my first Canadian Breakfast Stout here), and friendly staff. It is also a couple blocks from Union Transfer, so I’m certain this is going to be my preshow bar.

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

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