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Suburban Burgers: Brittingham’s

It’s a new year and prime time for more burger eating! Throw those diet resolutions out the window and keep on chowing down on your favorite treats. I sure am! This week we’re back in the ‘burbs (Lafayette Hill, to be exact) at Brittingham’s, on a recommendation from Josh of Spotburger fame to check out their Reuben Burger. Spotburger did their own version of a Reuben burger this past fall (which I sadly missed out on), so I was excited to check out this variation on one of my favorite sandwiches. Brittingham’s version is a corned pork patty topped with house kraut, gruyère cheese and their “famous house condiment”, all on a brioche bun. I was also in luck because Mondays are half-priced burger nights. DEALS!

I wasn’t asked how I wanted my burger cooked for obvious pork related reasons. I was however disappointed that the burger was completely overpowered by the “house condiment”, a kind of spicy mustard that had almost a cumin-curry spice flavor to it. It seemed to be all I could taste with every bite. No notes of corned pork. No salty Gruyère. Not even a hint of cabbage. That off-putting spice really ruined what could have been a great homage to a great sandwich; I would have preferred a traditional, simple 1000 island to top it off. Maybe on my next trip, I’ll just tell them to put the sauce on the side.

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”

Working out the Kinks

As most good burger adventures of mine also involve great beer, I optimized my latest burger eating experience by partaking in the biannual Philly beer event known as the Craft Beer Express.  I had been trying to get around to The Sidecar bar for quite some time, and it just so happened that this fun beer crawl aimed to land me there right in time for dinner (as well as for some much needed alcohol absorption). Scoping out the menu beforehand, I knew I wanted to try the “Kinky” burger as it came topped with a crispy poached egg, gruyere and truffle mayo.

The burger was cooked to well done, despite being requested medium (they were pretty slammed with all the beer bussers, so I’ll give them a pass). The bun was a ciabatta roll, which was good for containing the egg yolk drippings, but sadly, the patty was much too small and I had a pretty good bit of bun leftover. (Luckily, there was truffle mayo and egg yolk to dip my excess bun in!)

Overall, I thought the components of the burger worked pretty well together. I love truffle mayo and I love unique buns. And it was so cool how they had the crispy outside on the poached egg; it had my drunk little brain working overtime to figure out how they make it! I’d love to try this burger again at the right temperature.

Oh, and in case you were wondering: I paired the burger with the Game of Thrones Take the Black Stout from Ommegang Brewery! (Because Jon Snow is fine as hell, ya’ll)

Burger rating: “B”

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