city tap house – lamb burger


Even though a previous burger experience here wasn’t the greatest, when you need a burger and you happen to be at the same place, you sometimes want to give it another shot. This past weekend I found myself at City Tap House once again, wanting a burger, however, I went with the Lamb Burger.


The Lamb Burger is topped with feta yogurt, smoked paprika aioli, kalamata olives, and a fennel salad. It is served on a toasted seeded wheat bun. Like the Tap House Burger, the burger to bun ratio was perfect and it was very neatly prepared. It also had some good flavors. Since I thought about my last experience here with an overcooked burger which was ordered medium-rare, I ordered this lamb burger rare. After a couple bites, I noticed my burger was cooked to a perfect medium-rare! It was much juicier this time due to its lower cooked temperature. Sure, you shouldn’t have to order a rare burger in order to receive a medium-rare burger, but I had a hunch this decision would work out in my favor this time around. The only other downside in addition to anticipating an overcooked burger was the wheat bun. It felt a bit too wholesome. I’d like try the Tap House Burger next time, ordered rare!

City Tap House
3925 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.662.0105

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chewy’s – blue burger


A while back, a friend posted this photo of buffalo tots from Chewy’s, a Philly food truck. Ever since I saw that, I’ve wanted to go, yet I unfortunately never happened to be lunchless when I was around.

Luckily for me, I was lunchless last week and finally got a chance to come by. Unluckily for me, buffalo tots were no longer on the menu, though I was told that they’re trying to get it back on the menu! This wasn’t the end of the world, as Chewy’s offers seven different burgers! Their burgers are offered in three different proteins: beef, turkey, or veggie. They’re also all served on a toasted Martin’s seeded bun.


I went with the Blue Burger. The beef was topped with crumbled blue, caramelized onions and mushrooms, lettuce, and tomatoes. The burger was cooked to medium-medium-well. All burgers are cooked to the same temperature, yet it was juicy and tasty. The onions and mushrooms were very flavorful. I would have loved more, though that would have been messy. The soft Martin’s bun made for that nostalgic, “backyard burger” feel. The did think there was a smidge too much lettuce, as you can see in the cross section. They’re also reasonably priced at $6!

In addition to the burgers, they have fried chicken…all the best (dark) parts, too. They’re sold at $1.50 a piece. I had $1.50 left in my pocket. I regret not getting a thigh! There’s always next time…buffalo tots & a fried chicken thigh.

Chewy’s
(multiple locations) mainly on the south side of Market St. between 34th & 36th Sts.
Philadelphia, PA

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the food trust night market 2011


Last Thursday, The Food Trust held their second annual night market. This year, it was held in University City and featured a beer garden for Philly Beer Week. Several food trucks and vendors lined the perimeter of the parking lot while the beer stands and other restaurants had tables in the center.


smoked kielbasa

I showed up an hour from opening and several food trucks/vendors already had some pretty long lines. The pops and sis waited in the line for Guapos Tacos, the longest line there, while I wandered around to find some other stuff to try.


blt hot dog

The Dapper Dog‘s menu caught my eye and I immediately waited in line as soon as I saw their menu. I ordered a BLT hot dog with spicy mayo and smoked kielbasa with jalapeno relish & spicy mayo. Both of these were pretty damn good.


Tyson Bees had a good line forming as well. Later on in the evening I was able to enjoy a pork belly bun during the torrential downpour.


chipotle short rib tacos

Thanks to the pop and sis, I did get to try Guapos Tacos. Don’t hate on me too much, but I thought they were just alright. The green chile chicken left me hanging as I felt that it needed much more. The carnitas and short rib tacos were quite delicious though.


carnitas tacos

I heard that last year’s was pretty hectic and vendors even ran out of food. I think the night market was organized pretty well this year. If the thunderstorm didn’t come, I would have been able to hang out and eat a lot more! I’m definitely looking forward to next year’s.

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kabobeesh


After months of bugging, I finally gave in to my friend’s request to join him for dinner at Kabobeesh, a Pakistani kabob restaurant in University City, Philadelphia. He lives nearby, and for good reason, he loves this place! After dinner, I totally understood why…the food was delicious!


several meats to choose from

assorted veggies and sides

We came straight after a long day inspecting bridges, so we were really hungry. Took me a little bit to figure out what I wanted cause there were a bunch of different kabobs to choose from.


chicken samosas w/ cilantro sauce

I’ve never had samosas, so I have nothing to compare these to. Though, I will say I found them to be quite tasty. They (as well as the main dishes) come with a side of this green cilantro/chili sauce.


lamb kabob w/ lentils & squash

My main dish was the lamb kabob (surprised?) with sides of lentils and squash. Friend went with chicken and a side of chickpeas. The guy gave me two sides since he saw my excitement while ordering. He knew I was a Kabobeesh newbie hehe.


chicken kabob w/ chickpeas

The dishes are also served with freshly made naan! They were seriously piping hot when they came to the table.


fresh naan

Dinner was very delicious and filling. Loved the lamb, but I enjoyed the lentils just as much…if not more? I would totally come back even if it were just for the lentils over rice.

Looking forward to my next meal at Kabobeesh! Next time I hope to try the Tandoori chicken.

Anyone else gone before? What do you think?

Kabobeesh
4201 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.386.8081

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