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Recently I spent my first official Labor Day weekend spent in Philadelphia since moving here three years ago. It was also the first weekend all summer that I’ve felt like I hadn’t had to be somewhere, doing something at a particular time, and I decided to maximize it by taking my favorite person to dinner Friday night: Myself. Originally I had planned on checking out Hickory Lane in Fairmount since they are no longer BYOB, but thanks to the Made in America festival re-rerouting everything in a 5 mile radius I wound up at The Dandelion instead. Their burger was just voted one of the top 10 hottest burgers in town by Zagat, so I figured I’d check it out.

Being a Stephen Starr joint, I had my reservations about its quality (and its $16 price tag). It arrived on a cool, round butcher’s block/Lazy Susan contraption with a size of hefty, hand-cut chips which are fried in beef fat. (Not fries; this is supposed to be an English pub, after all.)

After having a bunch of recent misses when ordering my burger medium and getting nearly well done, this burger was cooked perfectly to medium and the aged beef blend & buttery brioche bun kept me wanting to savor every bite. It’s also topped with some thin sliced brined pickles, bacon and sharp cheddar – plus a secret “Churchill sauce”. Usually I’ll slap a little ketchup on a burger if I think it’s too dry or flavorless; that was certainly not the case here. I could see why it was in the top 10 and now it is in my own personal top 5 burgers in Philly.

I also sampled their Cask beer flight, which at only $8 for 5 oz of three beers, you can’t go wrong. I was given a Marston’s Pedigree (an EPA), a Weyerbacher Last Chance (an IPA) and a Wychwood Hobgoblin (an ESB). I especially liked the IPA and I’m not usually a big IPA fan. All of the beers perfectly complimented my meal, as well as each other. For a nice (albeit humid) evening, it was a great way to wind down the summer.

About A Side of Ketchup

I'm just a girl, standing in front of some food, and then shoving it into my face. Eating everything that comes across my path and then sharing my thoughts with the masses. Email me at asideofketchup[at]

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