Since I missed out on the Burger Brawl this year due to having to attend a wedding, I was excited to learn that the Philly Burger Battle was coming back for a second year. This year’s Battle Of the Burger was held once again at The Piazza at Schmidt’s, although showcasing only 19 competitors in contrast to last year’s 25. I managed to eat 20 of the 25 burgers last year, so 19 would be a piece of cake! And despite a few long lines (and a few overcooked burgers), I got to them all. So who were my favs?
1) Lotus Farm to Table’s “Beef & Boar Burger“: A grass-fed beef burger topped with braised wild boar belly, red onion jam, fennel & deviled egg aioli. Despite the charred exterior, the inside was juicy and pink. I loved the flavor combo of the red onion jam & the deviled egg aioli. It was the 3rd burger I tried, and I took a few bites more then I allowed myself, but I couldn’t help it!
2) The Parish Pub’s “Italian Burger”: A handcrafted blend of Black Angus beef, Italian hot sausage & pepperoni, topped with a spicy marinara sauce & provolone cheese on a pub bun. This burger spoke directly to my Italian heritage. It was just like eating a meatball parm sandwich!
3) Rex 1516’s “Pimento burger“: A house blend burger topped with pimento cheese, bacon, crispy red onions and bibb lettuce on a brioche bun. This was by far my favorite burger of the bunch. The burger was cooked perfectly medium-rare and the pimento cheese had a nice, spicy kick to it. It was just so simple and delicious – no wonder it’s a staple of Rex’s daily dinner menu.
So who was the winner? REX 1516, of course! Considering a Jersey joint won the cup last year, I joked with Rex’s chef, Justin Swain, that he had to bring the Burger trophy back to Philly. I’m just glad that the crowd recognized how great this burger was, too!
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