basically burgers – basically brunch burger

Not too long ago work brought me out to the Doylestown area. I’m rarely in Doylestown and know nothing about where to eat when I’m up there. A quick search on my phone showed that there was a burger joint in town.

Basically Burgers is located right on Main Street and their menu offers several different combinations under their “Basically House Burgers” section. You can also make your own custom burger, order a hot dog, or other grill items. The burger that drew my attention was the Basically Brunch Burger.

The Basically Brunch Burger is made up of an Illg’s Meats grass fed beef patty which is topped with American cheese, cheddar, bacon, a fried egg, and a hash brown. It’s served between two halves of a fresh baked challah bun from Warrington Pastry Shop.

With all the toppings on this burger, it was pretty big. Surprisingly it wasn’t as messy of a meal as I thought it was going to be. It was cooked medium-rare and was very juicy. However, I felt that the meat could have used a little more seasoning. The combination of cheddar and American was tasty. They melted well to assure each bite had cheesy goodness. The hash brown also added an awesome, crunchy texture to each bite. I would have preferred the strip of bacon to be a bit crispier so it could have broken up with my bites instead of fighting through it.

Unfortunately, the meat and bacon were the downsides for me. However, it could be different next time, as it’s an execution issue, not product or quality. I definitely want to come back to give em another shot.

Basically Burgers
33 N Main St.
Doylestown, PA 18901

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lancaster brewing company: harrisburg – prime burger

Since I was going to be in Harrisburg for almost a week, I did some research on some places to check out. I don’t remember Lancaster Brewing Company having a spot out there a couple years ago, but they certainly had one this time.

The Prime Burger comes on a fresh bun with cheddar, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. It’s accompanied by house cut fries and a slice of a house pickle. Like most of my other recent burgers, it was overcooked to medium. It wasn’t bad though. The burger had a pleasant char from the grill and tasty bacon. The burger was also appropriately sized for the bun.

The main reason I went to LBC was to have some brews! I started off with the Double Chocolate Milk Stout. Following that, I ordered a sampler which I split with a friend. The sampler came with 12 beers, 3 of which were special blends. The 9 beers were: Country Cream Ale, Milk Stout, Strawberry Wheat, Gold Star Pilsner, Celtic Rose, Fest Beer, Lancaster Lager, Amish Four Grain Pale Ale, and Hop Hog IPA. The 3 special blends were a Chocolate Covered Strawberry (75% Milk Stout, 25% Strawberry Wheat), Strawberry Rose (50% Strawberry Wheat, 50% Celtic Rose), and Hog’s Milk (Milk Stout, Hop Hog IPA). My favorite was easily the Double Chocolate Milk Stout.

Lancaster Brewing Company
469 Eisenhower Blvd.
Harrisburg, PA 17111

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lou’s sandwich shop

What is a zep? I asked some of my coworkers this when they mentioned this type of sandwich. I even asked some friends who were from the Norristown, Pennsylvania area. “It’s a hoagie with no lettuce,” they said. I did some research and found out that zeps are a Norristown variation of the hoagie, with one meat, provolone, tomato, onion, oregano, oil, vinegar, and hot pepper relish on a special Conshohocken Bakery roll.

I only recently had the opportunity to have lunch at one of the popular places to get a zep in Norristown, Lou’s Sandwich Shop. Lou’s Sandwich Shop has been a local favorite since 1941 and serves up all kinds of zeps in addition to other hoagies and sandwiches. Zeps come in three sizes, small, medium, and large. The small is served on a soft, round roll, so you wouldn’t be getting the true zep experience if you ordered that. The medium and large are served on the roll with a somewhat harder exterior.

I ordered a medium zep. The zep at Lou’s had cooked salami, provolone, tomato, onion, hot pepper spread, oregano, oil, and vinegar. First observation was that there was hell of a lot of raw onions on here. That would most likely be a downside of the sandwich, for me at least. It looked pretty good otherwise, as they didn’t skimp on any ingredients and it sure looked hearty.

The bread was certainly a little tougher (on the outside) compared to your typical hoagie roll. Halfway through the sandwich, I was surprisingly not appalled by the amount of raw onions on the sandwich. I think I didn’t notice the onions as much due to the pepper relish and oil & vinegar added. It masked a lot of the zing and it all together tasted quite good.

It certainly is similar to a hoagie. If you’re a fan of traditional hoagie rolls, the harder zep roll may be off-putting. It didn’t bother me though, as I enjoyed my first zep.

Any of you guys zep eaters? Do you go the traditional route or order one of the zep variations (steak zep, chicken salad zep, etc.)?

They even have a zep burger! Perhaps I’ll try this in the future…

Lou’s Sandwich Shop
414 E. Main St.
Norristown, PA 19401

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jules thin crust

Work took me to Jenkintown yesterday and I came across Jules Thin Crust for lunch. It’s located in the Noble Square shopping center, off of 611 and close to Noble station on the SEPTA Regional Rail. Jules Thin Crust is a local chain, with two other locations in Doylestown and Newtown, which serves thin crust “flatbread” pizzas featuring local and organic ingredients.

I went with a slice each of veggie pizzas #12 and #14. #12 has organic edamame, ricotta, local organic goat cheese, caramelized onions, mint, lemon vinaigrette, and mozzarella. On the #14 was mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, organic tomato sauce, arugula, and mozzarella. The slices were less than $3 each and weren’t bad. The crust was thin and fairly crisp, though I do think that the slices could have used a little extra zing and crisp.

Jules Thin Crust had several different varieties of pizza. They have about 15 veggie pies and 8 pies with meat. Some of the meat pies looked good. If I find myself back in the area after Easter I’ll definitely look into trying some of them.

Jules Thin Crust
817 Old York Rd.
Jenkintown, PA 19046

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mcnally’s tavern

Last week, I was looking for a place to have a burger for lunch in the Mt. Airy/Germantown area. I received a couple burger recommendations but even more suggestions to go to McNally’s Tavern in Chestnut Hill and eat a Schmitter. Instantly, my mind was made and I made the way to McNally’s with a friend.

The Schmitter is a sandwich consisting of sliced beef, cheese, fried onions, tomato, grilled salami, and Schmitter sauce. It is also served on either a kaiser roll or long roll (double). My stomach got the best of me and I went with the long roll version. Either that, or I just would rather eat a sandwich on a long roll instead of a kaiser roll. Totally didn’t need the size of the long rolled version though.

schmitter on a long roll

This sandwich was damn delicious. After consumption, I kept thinking how THIS should be the sandwich of Philadelphia. Seriously. It’s that good.

I’m not really a Phils fan, but you can get Schmitters at Citizens Bank Park! This fact alone would help coax me into going to a game.

Have you ever had a Schmitter? How do you think it ranks compared to cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches?

McNally’s Tavern
8634 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

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