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P’unked!

Big news! I’ve recently moved to South Philly because I ran out of burgers to eat in the Manayunk/Roxborough area (kidding… sort of.), so it’s time to cover some new ground. With new ground comes a brand new burger joint on East Passyunk Avenue: P’unk Burger (a play on the shortening of the Passyunk name). They’re serving up burgers, shakes & fries while being committed to using local, organic ingredients. I checked out their traditional burger topped with American cheese, tomato, red onion, P’unk signature sauce (appeared to be some kind of balsamic-ish drizzle? cannot confirm since it does not list exactly what it is on the menu or website).

The menu states that all burgers are cooked to medium unless otherwise requested. My burger was slightly more on the medium-well to well side, but still had a lot of flavor. I could taste the freshness of the grass-fed beef and all the other toppings were very fresh as well. The bun was a little bit on the stale side, but didn’t hinder the overall experience. It was a very simple and fairly tasty burger. They also had a bunch of specialty burgers with different toppings that I can’t wait to come back and try. I’ll be sure to take my time testing them all out, otherwise I’ll have to move again (still kidding… maybe)!

Burger rating: “C+”

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Making it Grain

Now that I commute to the suburbs every day, trying to find new and interesting burgers is like a scavenger hunt. Luckily, I can drive home through Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy if I so choose, giving me more options than Irish pub food or chain restaurants. This week, I stopped into newly opened Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange in Mount Airy as I saw on their Facebook page that Mondays were half-price burger nights (and you guys know how much I love a good burger deal). Their Farmhouse burger is an all natural, grass-fed beef patty topped with Cooper sharp American cheese, Applewood bacon, bibb lettuce and sweet tomato jam on a potato bun.

The burger came out cooked perfectly medium, the grass-fed beef juicy and flavorful. The sweet tomato jam wasn’t overpowering (which I had been concerned with initially when reading the menu) and added a nice tang. The cheese was gooey and the bacon was thick cut with a good crunch to it. The potato bun was so soft and delicious, it was like eating a burger that was sandwiched between a cloud! Good burger to bun ratio; I never once worried about a soggy bottom bun or running out of bun before burger. For having only found out about this place hours before eating here, the Grain Exchange really knocked it out of the park on the first try!

Burger rating: “A-“

Bare Necessities

Bareburger, an organic burger chain that started in Queens, NY, just opened its first Philadelphia outpost about a month ago. I’d heard lots of great things about it from friends in NYC so I was especially excited to check it out. The burgers come in a variety of base meat patties like bison, goat, elk, wild boar, turkey and of course, your standard grass-fed beef; all meats used are hormone-free, free-range, and humanely raised. They also offer a variety of vegetarian & gluten-free options on the menu in the way of salads and sandwiches. I opted to go the “build your own” burger route, topping a beef patty with lettuce, tomato, aged cheddar, mayo & ketchup on one of their whole grain sprout buns.

Considering the size of the burger, it seemed a little pricey (the “build your own” option starts at $8.80). Plus add on toppings and sides and you’re looking at $12-$13 dollars without even factoring in a beverage (Bareburger does have a liquor license and offers a variety of draft beer and wine). I’m not sure how big the specialty meat patties are, but hopefully they were bigger than this. The patty was very thin and cooked right to medium, much like the patties over at The Industry, making for a very disappointing bun-to-burger ratio. And while it was tasty, I’m not sure I could put organic, ethical eating over the high price tag. There are far better burgers in this city that source their meat locally that offer a much better and bigger patty. But if you’re interested in checking it out, Bareburger offers a burger, fries & drink lunch special Monday through Friday for $11.95!

Burger rating: “C”

Flying South

When the weather gets cold, the birds migrate south to warmer weather. So on one of the chilliest days yet this Fall, I decided to head south to the cozy shelter of South Philly Tap Room for brunch. I’d been meaning to get down here for quite some time to check out their breakfast burger: a 100% grass fed beef burger topped with thick strips of bacon & a fried egg.

The burger is accompanied by a bowl of hollandaise sauce, homemade ketchup, and a small pickle salad (hidden behind the bun). I ordered the burger medium as usual, and found it to be slightly more on the medium-well side, but with a nicely charred exterior; the sign of a great grill-master. Between the char and the use of 100% grass fed beef, it gave the burger a great overall flavor. The homemade ketchup was delicious (despite my preference for high fructose corn syrup enriched Heinz). The hollandaise sauce left a little to be desired. It was starting to congeal slightly & I just thought, presentation wise, it was awkward to be in such a big bowl. It was pretty tasty though once I put it on the burger and I even dipped my fries in it. The ciabatta bun was soft and thick, perfect to soak up all the juices from the beef and the runny yolk of the egg without getting soggy. And the bacon was the best! Nice, crispy, thick slabs – not some whimpy Oscar Mayer bullshit! All in all, a fairly solid bar burger.

Burger rating: B

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