north third – bee’s backyard burger


Last Saturday morning’s run had to be rewarded properly, with a burger and a beer. Not wanting to go to far from the apartment, my friend and I decided to go with North Third. I’ve been here a couple times but this would be the first time to eat.


Their burger is named Bee’s Backyard Burger. Who is Bee? Perhaps the chef? Owner? Anyone know? Anyway, the burger consists of 8 oz. Black Angus beef topped with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. For an extra charge, you can add cheeses, a fried egg, bacon, or guacamole. I added cheddar and bacon. The burger is accompanied by a fries, a pickle, and ketchup. My burger was overcooked to well. Luckily, the meat was seasoned properly and it tasted good. I enjoyed the soft bun, though the bottom seemed to disappear (get really thin) as I was eating it.

North Third
801 N 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215.413.3666

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cantina dos segundos – mexican beast burger


With Huevos Dos Segundos on my mind, I went to Cantina Dos Segundos for brunch last weekend. After seeing the Mexican Beast Burger special on the chalkboard, I had to reconsider my brunch decision.

Of course I went with the burger. There isn’t a burger normally on Dos Segundos’s menu, so that influenced my decision. Well, that and the fact that I almost always want a burger…


The Mexican Beast Burger was massive. The burger comes on what seems to be a large Portuguese roll. The bottom half of the roll is topped with a thinly spread layer of refried beans. Above the beans sits the burger followed by jack cheese, caramelized chipotle onions, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.

When it came out, I started to make judgments as I saw that the bread seemed significantly larger than the burger. I quickly put the observation in the back of my head as this burger could still be delicious. All the flavors went together nicely and I don’t think any of them were unnecessary. I’ve never had refried beans on a burger, but it worked. Sure, the refried beans are a heavy ingredient, but you don’t order burgers to eat lightly, do you? Despite the large size of the roll, it was actually really good. The roll was light and airy with a flaky exterior. Even some of the burgerless bites were tasty.

The Mexican Beast Burger was a special when I went. Not entirely sure how long it’s gunna be up there for, so if you see it and you’re in the mood for a burger, don’t let the opportunity slide!

Cantina Dos Segundos
931 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215.629.0500

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standard tap – standard burger


I’ve been to Standard Tap several times for beer. Not just because it’s in my hood, but also because they always have a great selection of brews on tap. They also have food, and last weekend, I finally got around to trying their burger, the Standard Burger.

The Standard Burger consists of jack cheese, sauteed mushrooms, grilled onion, and lettuce. It sits between a standard bun and comes with a side of ketchup, fries, and pickle slices.


Let’s talk about the good. The burger itself was cooked to medium rare, tasted great, and was juicy. The fries were so tasty that I had a flashback to when I used to down McDonald’s fries like deep fried crack in my adolescence.

Now the let-downs. The burger to bun ratio was quite far from 1:1. Towards the end of the burger, me AND my other dining companions all had large pieces of burgerless bun at the end. Besides the ratio, the bun was way too bready and lacked a slight airiness/lightness that the bun should have. Another underwhelming factor was the toppings. I personally don’t think jack cheese is a good burger cheese and it also wasn’t quite melted enough. The ring of onions used was just a cross section that was grilled as is. This led to several onionless bites and some bites with too much onion. Lastly, there wasn’t much adding more moisture to the burger. The aforementioned juicy burger wasn’t enough to add to the lack of moisture in the toppings.

I’ll definitely be back at Standard Tap for it’s chill vibe, great beer selection, and awesome fries…not so much for their burger.

Standard Tap
901 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215.238.0630

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pyt – cheesesteak pretzel roll burger & krispy kreme burger


I finally got around to trying two PYT burgers that have been on my list for a bit, the Cheesesteak Pretzel Roll Burger and the Krispy Kreme Burger.


The Cheesesteak Pretzel Roll Burger was quite enjoyable. It consists of a beef patty topped with cheddar, cheesesteak, whiz, onions, and is served on a Philly Pretzel Factory pretzel roll. I feel that this combination of cheesesteak, burger, and pretzel was executed just fine. Only wish the roll was a smidge softer.

When Tommy Up debuted the Krispy Kreme burger, I was intrigued. The Krispy Kreme burger at PYT consists of two beef patties topped with American cheese and strips of chocolate covered bacon sandwiched between a split and toasted Krispy Kreme doughnut. I also told myself I could never order that on my own since I’d have to eat all of it on my own…I mean, look at it! I’m sure you feel guilt just looking! So, the opportunity for me to try this came about when my brother joined me for a meal and that’s what he wanted to get. Lucky for him, he’s a hardcore runner type, so I guess the effects of a meal like this would be negated much quicker than my less than active lifestyle. I took a couple bites…wow. This was actually pretty good. There was a yummy mix of sweet and salty throughout. Lucky for me, they have Krispy Kreme sliders on the menu now, so I don’t have to fully indulge in a whole.

Anyone else try these burgers? What did you think?

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

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pyt cupcake smash


Philabundance’s Cupcake Smash cupcake competition was held at PYT last Saturday. PYT is known for it’s wild and crazy burgers and each contestant/team was asked to create a cupcake inspired by PYT’s menu.


The judges consisted of PYT’s own Tommy Up, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Michael Klein, Shmitten Kitchen’s Anna Goldfarb, and Phrequency’s Leah Kauffman. Felicia D’Ambrosio of Federal Donuts emcee’d the event too.


team totes adorbs


roscoe’s delight, by team totes adorbs

Team Totes Adorbs, consisting of Allie Harcharek and Mikey Ilagan, served the Roscoe’s Delight, a chicken and waffle cupcake consisting of a maple vanilla cake topped with cayenne maple buttercream, onion-sage fried chicken, buttermilk waffles, applewood smoked bacon “sprinkles”, and a bourbon maple syrup glaze. Damn, that was tasty. This one could certain serve as a meal. It was pretty filling and all the flavors were pretty well defined. I also may have had two of these…


dad’s girls – 1st place amateur division


cannoli cupcake by dad’s girls

Dad’s Girls served a cannoli cupcake! It had moist cake, sweet ricotta, chocolate, (I believe) chopped pistachio, and a piece of cannoli shell. This was pretty delicious too. They ended up winning 1st place for the amateur division.


jim belushi by jimmies cupcake co.

Jimmies Cupcake Co. took home first place in the professional division for their Jim Belushi, a spiced tomato cupcake with a pistachio shortbread lemon bar baked inside topped with a caramel cream cheese icing and a piece of sesame brittle.

I consumed a ton of cupcakes last Saturday. Probably not the best preparation for the Broad Street Run, but it was surely an awesome time!

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