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A Full-On Monet.

“What’s a Monet?”

“It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.”


That’s kind of how I felt about the Betty Burger at Smokin’ Betty’s. But it was kind of a big, delicious mess.

The September meeting of Burger Club Philly took place here recently and I was admittedly swayed by the promising description of the Betty burger: 1/2 lb sirloin, confit pork belly, avocado, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, garlic aioli AND a sunny side egg? This was like my burger soul mate.

Seriously, everything that I have ever wanted on a burger was on this bad boy (or girl, as the case may be). So I ordered and waited with anticipation and then…

The wrong burger was placed in front of me.

So I waited some more and then finally, she arrived. With a giant steak knife through the center, she was a thing of beauty.

Or was she…?

As soon as I pulled out the knife, all hell broke loose. There were just too many elements contained under one brioche bun. But I knew I could do this. So I got my bearings, gripped hold of that bun tight, and tucked in. There were run away avocados, there was leaky egg yolk, but I didn’t care. I just kept on trucking through it and I finished before everyone else at my table. /wipe sweat from brow.

Was it the best burger I’d ever had? Sadly no. I had just been temporarily blinded by all its amazing qualities up front, kind of like when you first start dating someone and you think they’re ‘the one’ even though they have completely differing opinions & do little things that irritate you that you try to overlook but can’t. But it wasn’t terrible! I just think I got a little over zealous trying to find my meaty life partner. Sometimes you don’t have to put all your eggs (and avocados and pork belly) under one bun.

Overall rating: “B-“

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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