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Last night was the March Foodspotting eat-up! Tommy Up, owner of PYT was awesome enough to set up a special menu for the eat-up featuring mini versions of the burgers he serves. This gave us a chance to try a couple of different ones.


Since I’m vegetarian for Lent, I luckily sat with two others eating vegetarian friendly burgers so we got to share the three veg burgers offered! We had the Calibunga burger – white bean, basil, garlic, tomato & breadcrumb patty and topped with avocado, lettuce, tomato, and caramelized onion; Portabella goat cheese burger – portabella topped with red peppers, caramelized onions, goat cheese, and a balsamic reduction; black bean burger – topped avocado & lettuce.


mini portabella burgers

It was quite an awesome time. There may have been some pickleback shots taken as well as some “adult milkshakes”…


cereal killer shake – vanilla ice cream, frosted flakes, vodka

Some thoughts at the end of the night…Is that black bean burger gunna stay on the menu? That was effing good. Also, when did PYT start serving tots? Did I just never notice that?!

Thanks to Tommy Up and Dan for setting this up!

Stay tuned for April’s Foodspotting eat-up!

PYT
The Piazza at Schmidt’s
1050 N. Hancock Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215.964.9009

Some other photos taken last night:


mini calibunga burgers


special menu


mini black bean burgers


foodspotters!

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in-n-out


From the moment I knew I was going out west, it was a mission to go to In-N-Out. I was glad to know that they had locations in Vegas.


I studied In-N-Out’s secret menu prior to my visit, knowing exactly what I wanted to get…


animal style fries

What’s animal style? Topped with cheese, grilled onions, and In-N-Out spread.


double double, animal style

I ordered a double double, animal style along with the fries. This was the most beautiful, well put together fast food burger I’ve ever had, not to mention the tastiest. I also used to take pickles off burgers as a kid, but I left them on here. Everything was just great together. Another reason this is the best fast food burger I’ve ever had? They toast the buns! The toasted buns added an extra texture and held up nicely with the fillings.

Of course, it’s still fast food which I pretty much sworn off on now, unless I’m desperate. But if I’m out west, I might give in to In-N-Out every time I have the opportunity…

In-N-Out (multiple locations)
4888 Dean Martin Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89103

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blt burger


A friend and I had a burger craving on Labor Day and we decided to go to BLT Burger, Chef Laurent Tourondel’s global burger chain which is part of his BLT family of restaurants.

There were some burgers on the menu which almost had me, ex: lamb merguez – colorado lamb, cilantro yogurt sauce, cucumber, olives, red onion, and tomato; blt – angus beef, double smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, blt burger sauce. My eyes locked on to the Great Hills Blue (see image above), a burger with angus beef, Great Hills blue cheese, balsamic caramelized onions, and mushrooms. Since I’m a sucker for blue cheese on a burger, this decision was a no brainer. My friend decided to go the classic route with an angus burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion.


the classic

Both burgers were served on a tasty seeded bun with slaw and a pickle (friend opted to hold the pickle). The Great Hills Blue burger was pretty delicious. The meat was also cooked to a perfect medium. My friend also enjoyed her classic burger very much.

Leaving for Vegas soon and there’s a location there, but I’ll probably go to In-N-Out to satisfy my burger cravings!

BLT Burger
470 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011
212.243.8226

There are other locations in Las Vegas and Hong Kong!

ps. I want to order and enjoy the whole burger, shake, and fries meal (at any place) someday, but I can never seem to be that hungry… anyone else feel that way?

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shake shack


It was an absolutely beautiful summer day on Wednesday. I met up with two college friends in Madison Square Park to mark my second visit to Shake Shack.


shack burger

On my previous visit I ordered a Shack Burger, so this time around, I got a Shroom Burger (have I mentioned I love portobella mushroom burgers?). The Shack Burger consists of Black Angus beef with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and Shack Sauce. The Shroom Burger consists of a crisp fried portobella, filled with muenster and cheddar, and topped with lettuce, tomato, and Shack Sauce.


shroom Burger

To show you how good these burgers are, I attempted to take a photo of my friend making love to her burger (taking bites of it with such pleasure)…but she caught me and gave me a look of disgust. (Sorry Kathleen…)

It’s a shame that I have never tried their shakes, custards, or concretes yet. I’m just never THAT hungry… Hopefully one day..

Shake Shack
Madison Square Park (Madison Ave & E 23rd St)
New York, NY
212.889.6600

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village whiskey, round 2


Last week, I finally made my second trip to Village Whiskey. During my first visit to Village Whiskey, I unfortunately didn’t get to try the duck fat fries and the Whiskey King burger.

I was having a pretty awful day…so in an attempt to feel better, I indulged in the duck fat fries and the Whiskey King burger (pictured above).


duck fat fries

The fries were tasty with a good crispness to them. I didn’t dare bother dipping them in the ketchup as I find ketchup and fries together to be a sin, unless they’re really subpar fries that only ketchup can save.

The burger I got the last time was fantastic, but this one just completely blew that one out of the water. Can there possibly be more flavor than the burger I ordered last time? Yes, yes there can. Everything was delish…the beef, foie gras, the sharpness of the bleu cheese, sweetness of the cipollinis…ahhh foodgasm. You honestly have to try this. It’s a little steep at the price of $26, but if you’ve never tried it, it’s worth the investment!

Post meal I was in a food coma for maybe almost 2 hours…but ohhh was it worth it…

Village Whiskey
118 S 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215.665.1088

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