All the American ex-pats (and former ex-pats) will agree with me -- burgers in continental Europe are suckface. Since returning to the US, I've found myself eating far more burgers than I ever did before, even when I was living in beef-loving Texas. Since this blog is rapidly evolving into a "what has Adrian eaten recently" deal, I thought I would drop some more of my mad gastronomical stylings on you.
Here are the best burgers I've had in the Philadelphia area. I don't claim they are the best in Philly, since I still have a long way to go to try them all. These burgers share one thing in common -- being juicy, fatty, and actually cooked medium-rare -- and I can't understate how important that is. Well-done burgers are for chumps.
Belgian Cafe -- I mentioned this one in a previous blog post. I had the Bruegl, which comes with a really nice sharp cheddar. The sharp cheddar made this one stand out, along with the fantastic selection of beer to go along with it.
Bobby's Burger Palace -- This Bobby Flay joint cooks a mean burger. I've tried several, but my favorite on their menu so far is the LA Burger (though November's Burger of the Month is topped with a fried egg...mmm, fried egg).
Village Whiskey -- In addition to a very nice selection of bourbon, Jose Garces's whiskey bar also boasts a nice burger. The straight up Village Burger can be topped with all sorts of things, or you can opt for the $26 Whiskey King, topped with bleu cheese, bacon, and FOIE GRAS. I was there for lunch, so I had the regular burger, but I am definitely going to return to ruin my cardiovascular system. The burger was flavorful and given a heavy (and appreciated) dose of salt. To top it all off, they have fries fried in duck fat, basically a new twist on the French classic pommes de terre sarladaise.
I recommend all three burgers, both on their own and with the various sides and beverages that make each place stand out. And I will continue to eat burgers until I make up for my four year burger exile.