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bobby flay claims his first victim

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t says:  Ok.  So we knew that Shake Shack is the hottest thing since sliced bread.  g, having spent nearly three years working in NYC, was well aware of Shake Shack’s reputation and did want to go and see Philly’s version, but warned us: “People go there to hang out – not necessarily to eat the best burgers ever.”  I heard her, but I just don’t think I listened to her (I have husbandearitis), so I was actually super-psyched when we went there on a whim the other day with cm and k.

August 2012, Saturday Dinner, Party of 4.  We went and there were no lines.  This made me super-happy.  g and I ordered up the mushroom “burger”, classic Shake Shack burger,  and, of course, some cheese fries.  This is what they looked like:

shack attack!

In the end, we decided that Shake Shack is more like a fancy McDonald’s.  The meat does taste a bit more like meat, and the tomatoes and lettuce are real lettuce and tomatoes, but that’s about the extent of the compliments that I can extend to Shake Shack, as there really is nothing further remarkable about in the sandwiches.  The toppings are plain (the special sauce isn’t very “special”).  The burger was underseasoned.  The bread was 80% butter.  The mushroom was 5% mushroom and 95% cheese (that had an oddly-congealed texture).  The fries were tasty, but I’m not sure if there was really really $1 worth of cheese on it.

And then cm (or maybe it was k?) said it: “Bobby’s is better than this place.”  And he (or she?) was dead-on.  Better bread, better sauces (and I don’t even really like Bobby’s sauces), better meat, super-way-better toppings, and still <$10 (although I guess Shake Shack is cheaper by 30%).  But is that a fair comparison, as one is in West Philly, and the other is in Center City?  I guess not, because it’s not like g and I are going to venture across the river just for Bobby’s Burger Palace.  Of course, g and I aren’t going to venture 4 blocks to Shake Shack just for a burger, either (we’ll go if others want to go!).  In this area, alone, Rotisseur has better sandwiches.  VW has way-better burgers.  I’m sure Rouge could teach ’em a thing or two (I haven’t had a Rouge burger yet, but some day!).  So I just can’t figure out why one would ever wait in line for one of these guys.  Gotta be for the shakes (we were a little sugar-overloaded from a previous dessert party, so we’ll have to visit the shakes again later) …

I guess all I can say is this:
When Federal Donuts moves into the area, we’ll forget all about Shake Shack.

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17 August 2012 at 10:14pm

Supper’s Superior Burger

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t says:  g and I went to Supper a long long time ago and ventured their burger.  It was frickin’ delicious.  Since then, we’ve noticed that no one really mentions the Supper burger – people are too busy talking about burgers at Village Whiskey or Rouge or Butcher and Singer or Grace Tavern, but not a breath about Supper.  I’m not saying that those burgers aren’t also yummy, but to be completely omitted from Philly Mag’s burger challenge is ridiculous (especially cuz I feel it’s better than the VW burger)!  So I figured maybe they stopped making it or something.  But they haven’t.  So I figured maybe it wasn’t as good as I had remembered.  g and I made it our mission to find out …

8/2011, Wednesday 6pm, Party of 2.  g and I rolled into Supper without reservations on a Wednesday.  It was a spur-of-the-moment decision.  They seated us without a problem.  We consulted the menu but knew precisely what we were there for: the burger.  But we got a few apps to whet our appetite.

g's "Green Salad"

Funny thing about the green salad – it wasn’t entirely green.  It had a slice of peach, some bacon, buttermilk dressing, and that cornbread thingee (which reminded me more of some kind of hush puppy).  g housed it.  She says: “It was simple but it was fresh and it let all the ingredients sing.”  So there we go – they make a good salad.

The Pepper "Special"

I had the pepper special.  Holy crap.  It was amazing.  The peppers had a wonderful char on them and the texture had just the right amount of bite (like not too firm and not complete mush).  It was served with a “lime crema”, which, upon investigation (i.e. asking the waiter), consisted of creme fraiche, lime, and “some other herbs”.  There was also some salt and cilantro.  All together, everything made sense.  The peppers were spicy and smokey, tempered by the crema and brightened by some lime and the uplifting zing of cilantro.  I am going to steal that lime crema idea for sure.  The only real drawback of the appetizer is that I feel that the cilantro leaves should have been separated from the stems (and the stems discarded), as I found the stems kind of hard to eat.

Supper Burger.

g and I split the burger because we find that it’s just too large for each of us to get one on our own.  For bigger people, I’d recommend trying one by yourself.  Disclaimer: at $14, it is pricey for a burger – but it does come with some duck fat fries, and it’s the cheapest dinner entree on the menu by far.  The burger is made of ground brisket (as far as I know) and it has such a wonderful flavor.  It’s not just “hey, I’m beef” – there’s something more.  It has a delightfully seared outside, a sweet inside, and is, as should be, well-seasoned.  I will say that this time, however, we found the burger to be a bit on the crumbly side, so I do have to penalize them for that (I had to use my fork to hunt down the pieces of meat the escaped from the burger onto the plate).  The gruyere cheese brought in a nice cheesy funk without overpowering the thickly cut bacon and beef.  The healthy slice of yellow tomato was perfect, and the bread, which appeared thick, was actually quite soft and served in a perfect proportion to the amount of meat.  Despite the burger being a bit volatile this time around, I say that the Supper burger has retained its adsz crown.  The duck fat fries were crispy and well-seasoned (no one likes soggy fries – and I like these ones better than at VW) and pickles and were perfectly balanced between sour and sweet (I ate them plain!).

So go to Supper.  Get the burger.  Really the only thing you’ll regret is feeling a little like a cheapskate in paying so much less for an entree than everyone else at the table.  But I’m sure you’ll find some way to get over it …  Now, I do still have to get around to Grace Tavern, Rouge, and Butcher and Singer – so we’ll see what happens when push comes to shove …

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16 September 2011 at 2:23pm