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Need A Lift?

Over the holiday break, I finally got to try Cafe Lift for the first time, hitting it up mid-week to avoid the weekend brunch crowds. While I had my heart set on a delicious frittata that day, a burger special on their board caught my eye and I knew that I’d immediately have to come back to try it (especially since I really enjoyed the burger at their neighbor/sibling restaurant across the street, Prohibition Taproom). So I did! Their burger consists of two smashed & stacked Kensington Quarters grass-fed beef burgers topped with a fried egg, caramelized onions, provolone and a whole grain mustard aioli.

The burger came paired with a healthy, mixed green salad (I know you guys love your fries, but this is a mostly breakfast place, after all). The fried egg covered almost the entire burger, so I only managed to get this peek-a-boo picture. The runny egg yolk tasted delicious and created a beautiful mess all over my plate – and myself. The shiny, buttery brioche helped soak up all the yellow runoff. The caramelized onions & provolone pairing were great. The provolone wasn’t too sharp or overpowering, and the mustard aioli gave it a little extra kick. The burger patties themselves were cooked to well (and continued to cook while I was eating so that they were slightly too dry when I reached the last few bites) but you could taste the freshness in the grass-fed beef. I get the whole “smash” style, but they could have come off the grill a little sooner and been a little bit juicier – and then this burger would have been amazing!

If you’re going to come in and check it out (ain’t no shame in eating a burger at 10 AM), don’t forget your piggy banks – Cafe Lift is CASH ONLY! (and BYOB, so bring your flask, too).

Burger rating: “B”

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

I had originally tried to go to Lemon Hill a few weeks ago, only to show up to locked doors and then sadly remembered it was Monday, a day when many restaurants in Philly are closed. Instead of being discouraged, I told myself I would come back after my vacation, as I had been dying to get in to try the burger there for over a year now (I know that seems ridiculous, but Fairmount is just one of those neighborhoods that I just never find myself in regularly)! After ordering a cup of Rival Bros Coffee – which the bartender said they just got in & she’d already had numerous cups of – I also ordered the burger and added avocado on top ($2 extra).

The burger comes topped with Cabot Clothbound Cheddar (one of my favorite cheeses!), bibb lettuce, red onion, and malt vinegar-shallot aioli on a toasted ciabatta roll. I was surprised and excited to find the onions were slightly caramelized since normally if an onion is listed as one of the toppings, it’s usually raw. This added a little extra sweetness to the burger that I really enjoyed since the flavor of the aioli was kind of lost (a small smear of it was coated on the top bun). The cheese was gooey and almost curd-like, which was great because I could take a bite, slap on a little bit of cheese and repeat. The burger itself was nice and juicy, although cooked a little more on the medium-well side. My bartender suggested eating the burger over the fries so that they would soak up all the fat and be extra delicious. I already had a lot of drippings on my plate, so I just pushed the fries into them; still a good suggestion! I love adding avocado to a burger – especially on a warm day – as it gives everything a little bit of freshness and adds to the summery vibe.

When Lemon Hill first opened a few years ago, there was a patty melt on the menu that I found rather disappointing, so I was really excited to come back and try an actual burger when they updated their menu. It was definitely worth the wait for a return visit and a well-rounded burger. [Editor’s Note: Sadly, Lemon Hill announced yesterday that they have closed their doors for good, but I’m glad I was able to get in a final visit.]

Burger Rating: “B+”

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