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Hip To Be Square

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – National Burger Month is here! I’m super excited to celebrate by eating some really great burgers this month and will be capping the whole thing off by eating my 100th unique burger here in Philly (meaning I’ll have eaten a burger at 100 different places around town; clearly I’ve eaten more than 100 burgers, guys!), so stay tuned for a special post highlighting that. Kicking things off this week is the burger at Square 1682, inside in the Hotel Palomar. Available only on their daily lunch menu, the 1682 burger comes topped with Amish cheddar, bread & butter pickles, lettuce & tomato.

I ordered the burger medium, but it came out more on the medium-well side; there was a burst of bloody juice on the first bite but very little pink on the inside. The meat was flavorful, but would have been better cooked at my requested temperature. The outside of the patty had a nice char to it and made it taste like a Burger King Whopper, which I liked. The Amish Cheddar had a great flavor – slightly sharp but also very creamy. And I loved the sweet & sour flavors of the bread & butter pickles. The burger to bun ratio was on point, with the bun being slightly toasted. I tried a little bit of the chipotle aioli on a few bites, but didn’t really care for it and stuck with my go-to condiment of choice, ketchup. The lunch menu also features the Rittenhouse burger, topped with avocado, arugula, sprouts, tomato jam and local goat cheese, and the weekend brunch menu has a breakfast burger topped with Lancaster aged cheddar, pork roll, fried egg, onion rings! There’s a little something for every burger lover, so stop by and try one – or all three!

Burger rating: “B-“

National Hamburger Month

In case you didn’t know, May is National Hamburger Month. As part of the celebration, Iron Hill Brewery creates a special burger for every day in the month of May. I’ve been meaning to get to one of their locations for the past few years to check it out, but haven’t had a chance until this past weekend.

The burger listed on the day that I stopped in was the Jersey Diner burger: topped with a fried egg, cheddar, ketchup and New Jersey’s greatest export: Taylor Ham aka Pork Roll. I grew up outside New York City, so I was unfamiliar with pork roll until I moved to Philadelphia (I was also a little bit skeptical about eating it until recently). I ordered my burger medium and it came out slightly more on the medium-well side; not even a little bit of pink in the middle, despite my dining partner ordering his burger medium-rare, which was plenty pink. While I enjoy a fried egg on my burger, I kind of wished the egg had been slightly runny to give the meat a little bit more flavor and make it less dry. There was a lot of ooey, gooey cheese, which I liked. The pork roll itself was pretty tasty, with a touch of saltiness to it. The burger to bun ratio was perfect, with the burger sitting between a shiny, soft brioche bun. The coleslaw on the side was decent as well. If i had gotten a less “breakfast-y” sandwich, I might have opted to put some coleslaw on top.

I’m going out of town for the next week & a half, so I’ll only have a few days left at the end of the month if I want to try more of Iron Hill’s special Burger Month burgers (I’m upset that I’m missing out on the Yogi Bear burger – topped with all your picnic basket favorites like potato salad & onion rings). I’ll be eating my way through Nashville & Louisville and can’t wait to share with you guys all the tasty treats the South has to offer!

Burger rating: “C+”

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