south philadelphia tap room – cheeseburger

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Name: Cheeseburger
Location: South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin St., Philadelphia, PA 19145
Protein: Rineer Family Farms Grass Fed Beef
Bun: Baker Street Snowflake Bun
Toppings: Smoked cheddar, lettuce, beer-braised Country Time bacon, red onion, secret sauce
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: Fries, pickled vegetables, housemade ketchup
Price: $13.00

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Notes, etc.: This burger has been on my list to try for some time now. Fellow blogger Albert Yee (Messy & Picky) told me that SPTR makes his favorite burger and when I finally get to try it, to order it rare. To be honest, I was a little hesitant to order a burger rare, especially since many places can’t even sear a medium-rare burger properly enough and it just falls apart. Trusting Albert’s recommendation and having had Chef Scott Schroeder’s food before, I figured it was in my best interest to order it rare.

Talk about a flavor punch… this thing was incredible. From the moment the plate hits your table you can smell the smoke of the bacon. The cheddar was super melty and managed to make it onto every bite. The bacon was some SERIOUSLY thick cut bacon, but yet it was easy enough to bite off without a fight and packed a ton of flavor. The burger itself was very juicy and cooked right. That cross section is sure messy, but the Baker Street bun held together well to all the juices and weight.

I am now a believer in rare burger eating. This was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.

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the industry – the industry burger


The Industry, the new industry dedicated restaurant/bar by the folks who own Good Dog Bar, has been open for almost a month now in Pennsport. The menu features several delicious sounding items, but what brought me there Monday was The Industry Burger. More particularly, on Mondays, they have a special titled, Burger & Bubbles. The deal is you get The Industry Burger paired with either the “Dive Bar” option, a bottle of Miller High Life, or the “Fine Dining” option, a glass of sparkling Cava.

The Industry Burger is a 1/4 lb. patty made from ground brisket topped with Cabot cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickle mayo. It’s served on a sesame seed bun and accompanied with Kennebec shoestring fries and a side of ketchup. You have the option of having a single, double, or triple burger, as well as adding Nueske’s slab bacon.


You’re not asked how you want it cooked, they take care of that. The thin, 1/4 lb. patty was cooked perfectly to medium-rare! The cheddar was melty, sharp, and complimented the burger well. The red onions weren’t overwhelming. I think some places give you way too many and they gave you a perfect amount here. The burger was delicious. The fries are insanely good. They’re perfectly salty and addictive in that “fast-food” French fry way.

The bun is a little thick, so next time I may get a double to get the vertical meat to bread ratio a little closer. Yup, I just said that…

Here’s my dining partner‘s “Fine Dining” Industry Burger paired with a glass of sparkling Cava:

The beer list is great, the cocktails tasted good (I tried some of my friend’s), and the burger is absolutely delicious. I will surely be coming back to The Industry.

The Industry Bar
1401 E Moyamensing Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215.271.9500

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philly foodspotting south philly taco crawl – april 2012


This past Sunday, 7 Foodspotters, including myself, braved the rain and participated in Philly Foodspotting’s longest crawl yet. The South Philly Taco Crawl that took place consisted of five stops in the following order: Tres Jalapeños, La Veracruzana, Taqueria Los Taquitos de Puebla, La Lupe, and El Jarocho.


Since there were 7 of us and 5 stops, we decided to order a couple tacos at each place and split them up so we could try a little bit of everything.


Throughout the evening, several different types of tacos were consumed from al pastor (marinated pork w/ pineapple) to carnitas (pork). Vegetarian friendly options like portabella and cheese tacos were also enjoyed. The most interesting ones that we got to try were the jalapeños rellenos de queso (stuffed jalapeños w/ cheese) from La Veracruzana and nopales con queso (cactus & cheese) from Taqueria Los Taquitos de Puebla. The tastiest tacos were the barbacoa lamb ones from El Jarocho. At the end, some of us even stopped by a nearby 7-Eleven…for a Choco Taco!


Thanks to all who came out despite the unpleasant weather, it surely was a great time!


Keep up with Philly Foodspotting on Twitter & Facebook. Check out the guide for the crawl here!

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philly foodspotting pho eatup – february 2012


Last night we spent a cold evening warming up with hearty bowls of pho from Pho Ha in South Philly. Pho Ha offers serveral different meat options for their rice noodle soup. I opted for #15, the pho with steak, flank, tendon, tripe, and fatty flank. The bowls of pho were huge, even for a small (pictured above). It was damn good! They had a generous serving of noodles and beef thrown into a flavorful broth. Check out some other photos from the eatup:


Spot a bowl of pho at Pho Ha and get the Pho Eatup badge on the guide. Keep up with Philly Foodspotting on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you been to Pho Ha? What’s your favorite place in Philly to get pho?

Pho Ha
610 Washington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215.599.0264

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nick’s charcoal pit


When I’m working along South Broad I always find myself at this one pizza shop for lunch. I was sick of having that for lunch so I reached out to some friends who suggested this nearby restaurant, Nick’s Charcoal Pit.

The menu had a lot of stuff from burgers, hoagies, hot dogs, and sandwiches. Being my first time, I went with the Nick’s Special which was slices of charbroiled filet mignon, spinach, and provolone on fresh Sarcone’s bread.


The slices of filet were juicy and had a delicious charbroiled taste. Melty provolone and slightly bitter spinach complimented the meat well. The Sarcone’s bread was perfect too, with that seeded, crusty outside and soft inside.

It’s going to be tough NOT to get the Nick’s Special next time I’m in!

Nick’s Charcoal Pit
1242 Snyder Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
215.271.3750

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