the institute – drunken cow


Last fall, I tried The Institute’s porter smoked burger. Since then, they have changed their menu up and have a couple new burger offerings. One of the new burgers that struck my eye was the Pin-Up burger, a burger topped with Reese’s peanut butter sauce, Hershey’s Dark Chocolate syrup, and candied bourbon bacon. Yup, you read that right. I certainly didn’t have a sweet tooth the other day, so I went with the Drunken Cow, a burger with bourbon blue cheese and caramelized onion.

The Drunken Cow was fairly similar to the porter smoked burger I had last time. It’s similarities are that this is made up of an 8 oz. beef patty served on a brioche bun with mixed greens, tomatoes, and red onion. Also like before, you can choose to have tots over fries and greens as your side.


The burger was cooked to a proper medium-rare and was pretty juicy, but there were some things that could have made the burger better. First, maybe the burger should hit a hotter cooking surface initially, as it seemed fairly soft on the outside. Another thing would be the use of blue cheese? The cheese certainly tasted a lot like goat cheese, as it had that tartness to it. One of their other burgers does in fact use goat cheese, so it’s not out of the question to use goat cheese on a burger here.

The Institute
549 N. 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
267.318.7772

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the institute


The Institute has a new menu and with that new menu comes a great selection of burgers. They have one that features scrambled eggs and sriracha as well as one that features oyster mushrooms and goat cheese.


I went with their porter smoked burger which came with porter smoked gorgonzola and caramelized onions, cooked medium rare. The 8 oz. burger was served on a brioche bun and came with tots. The burger was juicy and was well complimented by the flavors of the gorgonzola and onions.

I’m more than a fan of this place as it has some tasty food (new menu plus THIS), great beers (had my first Canadian Breakfast Stout here), and friendly staff. It is also a couple blocks from Union Transfer, so I’m certain this is going to be my preshow bar.

The Institute
549 N. 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
267.318.7772

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the corner


Last Friday a couple of us were lucky enough to join Foodspotting investor Jay Jamison for dinner. We had dinner at The Corner, located at the former APO Bar & Lounge.


sweet breads


masa tots

Dinner was great! I had an order of Masa Tots to start. They were tots made from corn, jalapenos, and onions and served over a chipotle sauce. Some of the others started with pork belly sliders and sweet breads. Oh, how I wish I coulda tried them! My entree was the Truffle Grilled Cheese without the braised short ribs (unfortunately). The sandwich was served with fries and a pickle. I also enjoyed my first Brooklyn Lager in can!


truffle grilled cheese

It was a pleasure joining Jay and other Philly Foodspotters for dinner on Friday!

PS. I will be in charge of May’s Philly eat-up…stay tuned!

The Corner
102 S 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.735.7500

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