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Summer Beer Garden Series: La Peg

I had every intention of spending a beautiful, warm, sunny July 4th evening outside imbibing on alcoholic beverages & eating grilled meat. However, Mother Nature had other plans so I was forced to eat inside at the bar of La Peg – one of the newest restaurants on the Delaware waterfront, brought to you by FringeArts. I opted for the namesake Fringe Burger, topped with bacon and caramelized onion marmalade, red wine reduction, pickles, a smear of delice de bourgogne, and corn shoots on a house-baked brioche bun.

So, while the burger to bun ratio was perfect, it was maybe a little too perfect. The burger was on the small side & the size of the house-made bun plus all the negative space on the plate made it seem comically small (especially considering it was $9). While the burger was tasty, juicy and cooked to medium as requested, I just couldn’t get over the (metaphorical) bad taste this was leaving in my mouth. Then again, this is probably my own fault for eating at a French restaurant on America’s birthday! I should have opted for The Americaine: a baguette topped with cheeseburger, lettuce, tomato, onion, cornichons, ketchup, mayonnaise, french fries (stuffed in the sandwich). French fries stuffed in the sandwich?! If that doesn’t scream ‘MURICA!, I don’t know what else does. I’ll be sure to come back another day when the weather is better to try it – and maybe even catch one of the movies showing this summer as part of the FringeArts Outdoor Movie Series!

Burger rating: “C”

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One Night In Paris

Ahh, mes amis! Here we are with another week of traveling home from the ‘burbs and eating burgers. This time I decided to venture through Chestnut Hill, stopping into Paris Bistro inside the Chestnut Hill Hotel. A burger when there’s all this delicious french food on the menu? But of course! What Parisian doesn’t love a good “Royale with Cheese”? And this one comes topped with Gruyere cheese and sweet pepper relish.

The burger came out topped with adorable little cornichons and was cooked perfectly medium on the inside. The meat was just so succulent and juicy, I didn’t even need to put ketchup on it. The house baked brioche bun was soft with a nice, outer crust (much better than those generic shiny brioche buns at other places). It was also lightly toasted and extra buttery which added a great taste to the burger. The Gruyere was gooey and slightly salty. That, combined with the flavor of the peppers (which I picked off because I’m not a big pepper person), really complemented the meat. There were also sliced plum tomatoes and lettuce as additional toppings (hidden by the bun), and a side of aioli that almost tasted like the “Bloomin’ Onion” sauce but not as overpowering. I smeared a little of that sauce on the bun and barely tasted it – but in a good way! I would have been angry if the aioli was the only thing I could taste. Everything about this burger was so delicious and amazing – Or should I say – C’est Magnifique!

Burger rating: “A”

All Hail The King

The Good King Tavern opened a few months ago off South Street (in the old Chick’s cafe space) with a focus on a casual, French inspired menu. Normally I’m not the type of person who goes to a restaurant that specializes in a particular cuisine and orders the random burger on the menu, but this week, I made an exception, trying the TGK burger – topped with bacon, Emmental cheese, lettuce & tomato on a seeded brioche bun, served with a side of rouille. I was delighted when placing my order to find that the burger only comes cooked medium, but also nervous: if this is how they cook all their burgers, there’s no chance they’ll mess it up, right? (Spoiler alert: They didn’t!)

Once the burger arrived, I could see why the burgers were all cooked to medium. The patty was very wide and thin, kind of like the patties over at The Industry, which means that they cook fast to get that nice, pink center. The brioche bun was soft and buttery, holding up well with each bite, even with a little bloody run-off from the burger. The meat was flavorful and the patty was perfectly proportional to the bun. The bacon could have been a little crispier, but otherwise I couldn’t complain. Topped with sliced roma tomatoes and bibb lettuce, it resembled many of the burgers that I like to make at home. I think I was most excited about it being the correct temperature and finding pink in every bite I took that made the overall burger eating experience the most enjoyable I’ve had in a while. I’m glad I decided to check it out, even if it was one of the least French things on the menu (think they’ll let me add escargots as a topping next time?).

Burger rating: “B”

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