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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linvilla orchards

I’ve been in the Philly area for almost three years now and ever since then I’ve always seen ads or have heard about Linvilla Orchards. It’s definitely been on my list of places to go but just never found a group who’d be interested in going. Luckily for me, I woke up Saturday morning and my housemate told me that she was going with a couple other friends to check out the tree maze and play some mini-golf. It was so beautiful out that I couldn’t help but tag along.

Linvilla Orchards is a farm located in Media, Pennsylvania, which is open year round. They offer fresh fruit and vegetable picking as well as activities like corn mazes and hay rides in the fall. Currently, they have a Christmas tree maze and the Fore! the Planet mini-golf course which was created by the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Of course, I didn’t just go to Linvilla just to run through a maze or to play some mini-golf. I went to try two things that I’ve heard are great at Linvilla: apple cider doughnuts and pie. The doughnut was fresh and delicious. Linvilla had several pies to offer, though I opted for the dutch apple and it was one of the best dutch apple pies I’ve had!

I already want to go back, even if it’s just for another apple pie. Glad I finally made it out!

Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA 19063

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iron hill brewery & restaurant: media – kennett square burger

About a year or so ago, I checked out Iron Hill’s Maple Shade location and really enjoyed the Rising Sun IPA. Their signature burger, the Brewski Burger, left me unfulfilled and wanting more. Last weekend, a couple of friends and I were in Media and we stopped into Iron Hill for some brews and dinner.

To quench my thirst, I went with their seasonal sampler which consisted of their Belgian Tripel, Oatmeal Stout, Barleywine, Wee Heavy, Belgian Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, and Munich Dunkel (CW from top left in above photo).

I decided to give the burgers another shot. This time, I went with the Kennett Square Burger. Since Kennett Square is known as the mushroom capital of the world, a main topping on this burger is herb roasted exotic mushrooms. In addition to the mushrooms, a generous cut of smoked gouda is placed on top. The burger is sandwiched between a white bun which has shallot-black pepper aioli spread on both halves. A cup of slaw, fries, and a pickle accompany the burger.

It was better than the previous burger I had for sure, though it was still slightly unfulfilling. The bun had an airiness to it, though the crust was surprisingly more chewy than I expected. With every bite I took, I got stuck on the bun. It took a little bit more to pull away from the burger. I had the burger cooked to a medium rare, though it looked and tasted more on the medium side. Lastly, there were some burgerless bites which just consisted of the bun towards the end.

So I may not be into the burgers from Iron Hill, but the apps we ordered were tasty. One of them, pictured above, was the Grilled Alsatian Flatbread which is made up of beer braised onions, applewood smoked bacon, gruyere, and chives.

In May, Iron Hill serves a different burger every day in honor of burger month. It sounded like a lot of fun last year though I never made it out. Perhaps, I’ll try a burger again in May?

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
30 E. State St.
Media, PA 19063
610 627.9000

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philly foodspotting dinner at lotus farm to table – july 2011

The monthly eat up for Philly Foodspotting took us to Lotus Farm to Table in Media last Thursday. Lotus focuses on a good food made with local ingredients. Their menu changes seasonally and offers a lot of great stuff.

housemade lemonade w/ muddled strawberries, oolong tea, and rhubarb bitters

There was a large selection of teas available as well as other drinks which had tea in it. I ordered a housemade lemonade with muddled strawberries, oolong tea, and rhubarb bitters.

corn soup

For my first course, I decided to order the corn soup, consisting of pickled corn, lavender, hominy, and shiitake mushrooms. The soup was very refreshing and delicious.

roasted duck breast

My main course consisted of the roasted duck breast. This was served over dirty rice, snap peas, and parsley pistou.

white chocolate panna cotta w/ strawberries

Four different desserts were brought out with four different teas. My favorite was the white chocolate panna cotta. It was too awesome.

Here are some of the other stuff from the table:



chocolate tart w/ caramel, sea salt, and fresh mint

farmer's market peach, crumble tart, cardamom ice cream

All the food I got to try was fantastic. Definitely adding this to my list of go-to places in Media.

Check out the Foodspotting guide here.

Lotus Farm to Table
112 West State Street
Media, PA 19063

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house (again!)

It’s been a little over a year since I’ve been to House. Luckily, I was able to stop by for a late lunch last week because a bridge was nearby. I was totally craving soup and grilled cheese and House was the perfect choice!

I ordered a half & half – soup and sandwich. The soup was a mushroom soup topped with gorgonzola and truffle oil. My sandwich was the stack which comes with brie, cheddar, caramelized onions, and bacon. I had gorgonzola instead of the brie…just couldn’t help it.

Ahh, it was another delicious lunch. Seriously, I don’t want to overhype this place, but I love the stuff here. The food is great and the staff are friendly too – they remembered me from a year ago! Hopefully there will be other bridges in the area and I’ll be around during the lunch hour…

110 S. Jackson Street
Media, PA 19063

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