bobby’s burger palace: cherry hill – crunchburger

I’ve avoided this place. Well, not really. It’s more the fact that this place would never come up in discussion on where to grab a burger. One reason is because the Philly location is all the way out in University City, the opposite end of the city from where I reside. Another reason is because it’s a chain headed by a celebrity chef. I’m not saying that all celebrity chef chains are horrible, it’s just that the quality may not be up to the hype surrounding the celebrity chef. I visted my family in the burbs last weekend and I was feeling a burger. My father suggested Bobby’s Burger Palace and I figured, why not, let’s give it a try.

BBP has a list of 10 burgers and I thought for sure I was dead set on the Bobby Blue Burger with blue cheese and bacon. The only burger that had a red box around it was the Crunchburger. That easily got my attention. Also because it said “Crunchify” on the menu in several places. To crunchify means to add potato chips to the burger. Since it was everywhere, I figured this was the BBP thing to do. One medium-rare Crunchburger was ordered. In addition, a side of hand cut fries and my father’s burger, the Buffalo Style Burger was ordered.

The Crunchburger is a burger with double American cheese and a ton of potato chips nestled between a soft seeded bun. The burger was overcooked to medium. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed it. The meat was juicy and flavorful. The patty was appropriately sized for the bun, too. Potato chips on a burger though? I don’t know. When I was growing up, I vividly remember several friends who would add potato chips to their sandwiches and I thought it was odd. I’m still not a believer. The chips on the burger seemed to add a texture and saltiness, but I could have done without em. Perhaps if you were one of those potato chip on your school lunch sandwich type of people, this is right up your alley!

The fries were a smidge overcooked, but tasted good. The dipping sauce that came with the fries was somewhat 1000 Island-like, but was way too liquidy to be a dipping sauce, in my opinion.

I paid $6.75 for that burger and it was much better than a lot of the burgers I’ve paid almost $10 or more in recent weeks. Bobby’s Burger Palace serves a pretty satisfying burger (for your stomach and your wallet)!

Bobby’s Burger Palace
2000 Rt. 38; Suite 1160
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

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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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zac’s hamburgers

(Almost) immediately after consuming an Iron Hill burger, me and my fellow indulgent eater friend noticed this Five Guys-esque looking place just down the street called Zac’s Hamburgers. Since we live in Philly and rarely come out to Media, the decision was made to try this local burger chain.

The interior definitely had a Five Guys feel to it, with the colors being black and white over red and white. Zac’s offers a couple different burger variations ranging from a single hamburger to a double bacon cheeseburger. They also have chicken and fish sandwiches, different types of fries, and milkshakes. There is a list of all the available toppings you could add to your burger; you could also add “everything” to it. Everything doesn’t include lettuce (not sure why), but it does include tomatoes, relish, pickles, ketchup, mustard, onions, and sweet peppers.

I went with a bacon cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, fried onions, and mustard. My friend went with a cheeseburger with everything. The burgers are griddled and served on a white bun. It wasn’t bad, though I was shocked when I noticed they used spicy brown mustard over the yellow. I’m a big fan of spicy brown on other sandwiches, though here I felt it overpowered the burger. My friend described his burger as overwhelming with everything on it. We also split an order of fries which were nothing special.

I definitely want to come back, except next time I may order mine with just fried onions and cheese. It would probably be smart to not follow up a burger with another, too!

Zac’s Hamburgers
301 State St.
Media, PA 19063

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five leaves – five leaves burger

Last week I met up with a friend for lunch in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at Five Leaves. Her suggestion was not just for the close location to her apartment (she had lots to do), but more because she thought this burger was worth me trying.

The menu offers two burgers, though I opted for their signature burger, the Five Leaves Burger, also the one that Amy recommended. She also got the same. The order was two Five Leaves Burgers, medium rare, with truffle fries. Yup, you read that correctly. These burgers have the option of coming with truffle fries!

The Five Leaves Burger consists of a grass-fed beef patty, a fried pineapple ring, house pickled beet, harissa mayo, and an organic sunny side up egg. I added sharp cheddar to the burger.

Oh, it certainly was worth me trying. The beef was cooked to perfection. Each bite was juicy and had a balance of sweet and savory. I never would have thought to put a pineapple on a burger, but it totally works here. I’m not entirely sure if the beet affected anything, but it didn’t bother me. I patted myself on the back for the addition of the sharp cheddar. This was the tastiest cheddar I’ve ever had on a burger. Every bite had a taste of the melted sharp cheddar. The egg was also nice and runny, the way it should be on a burger. The truffle fries that accompanied the burger were delicious as well!

I would very much like to come back to Five Leaves again in the future (Amy are you reading this??). The Five Leaves Burger is definitely one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.

Go out and try it!

Five Leaves
18 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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Not too long ago I had a burger dinner with friends, Vinny and Melissa, at Sketch in Fishtown. Sketch and it’s multicolored storefront are located on the north side of Girard Avenue, you can’t miss this place!

sweet potato fries

Melissa constantly talked about sweet potato fries and how superior they were, especially compared to regular fries. Lucky for us, Sketch’s sweet potato fries were on special that night. We started off with an order of those. I haven’t had sweet potato fries often, but these were pretty good. They were slightly crispy with a soft inside. It also came out with a chipotle sauce. Only bummer is that most of the fries were about an inch or less long. That made for annoying fry eating.

Sketch’s menu was pretty huge and I definitely took a little bit before I decided what to order. All the burgers are made with an 8 oz. patty and are served on a LeBus country white bun with shredded lettuce, tomato, and choice of sauce. I went with a medium rare beef burger with blue cheese, grilled onions, and chipotle sauce. A couple bites in, I realized that it was cooked more than medium rare. Luckily, the burger was still pretty juicy and tasty. Also, the bun held up pretty well and didn’t crumble apart into my container.

If you find yourself in Fishtown and are craving a burger, stop in at Sketch and check it out!

413 East Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

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