Avance had some pretty big shoes to fill after taking over the former Le Bec Fin space last Fall. But despite a string of somewhat scathing reviews regarding their prix fixe main dining room, there’s been nothing but praise for the Border Springs Farm Lamb burger that’s become the crown jewel of their bar menu. In fact, the burger just won them Judge’s Choice at the 2014 Philadelphia Burger Brawl. The burger is topped with feta & rests on a red onion marmalade, and comes paired with a side of crispy panisse (that’s “chickpea fries” for you non-French speakers).
The burger came on a beautiful, seeded brioche bun. Lamb is definitely one of those delicate meats that you can’t afford to overcook, and this patty was cooked to a perfect medium-rare. The fresh, saltiness of the feta and the sweetness of the red onion marmalade worked amazingly well together, enhancing the flavor of the meat. It was succulent, juicy and finger-lickin’ good. If the burger wasn’t $18, I’d probably eat one of these a week (Oh wait, Border Springs has a stand at Reading Terminal Market, so I can!) It was hands down the best burger I’ve had in Philadelphia in a long time. Stop in just before happy hour ends at 5:30 to pair it with a $10 cocktail and they’ll be ready to fire one of these bad boys up for you when the kitchen opens for dinner service.
Burger Rating: “A+”