Recently I was asked how Burger Club fits into urban life. A huge smile came to my face and I simply responded, “We ARE urban life,” and I’d like to take a moment to really flesh that out – for everyone. I was raised in the suburbs, went to college in the suburbs, and after I graduated I decided that I wanted to live in the city. I’m not alone in this, I think that a lot of young people take this route after college. I wanted to be “where the action is” and no one can argue that the city has a lot of action. To be a true urbanite, one must fully delve into what makes living in the city different from living anywhere else. It’s important to experience all facets of city life, like going to concerts and performances, talking to neighbors, seeing the sights, knowing the streets and MOST IMPORTANTLY eating the food! That’s where we come in.
The Burger Club meets the last Wednesday of every month at a different place in Philly famous for burgers. Sometimes we go to big name Center City meccas. Other times we squeeze ourselves into tiny back street bistros. The one thing that never changes is that we always have a good time. We exemplify what it means to “eat, drink and be merry”. Often times the same people come every month. Sometimes we meet new friends. Members are not expected to come to every meeting, and returning after a hiatus offers a feeling as if no time has passed at all.
The best thing about Burger Club is there’s an easy topic of conversation that everyone can appreciate – burgers. There’s not too much awkward silence between new acquaintances because they’re talking about what kind of cheese they like best on a burger and if the one they’re eating is cooked to the right temperature. There are no rules or dues, every member is simply expected to come to a meeting if so desired and enjoy themselves. We exist to have fun and we have fun through eating burgers.
I always felt a little silly telling people I’m part of the “burger club,” but once I explain what we do the conversation usually ends up with “how do I join?”. The Burger Club is great for people new to the city because everyone’s welcoming and eager to meet others who share their interest of burgers. The Club is also great for people who have lived in the city for a long time who like to meet up with old friends and enjoy a good meal and maybe explore parts of the city they haven’t given much thought to. I don’t know how much closer to a definition to “urban living” you can get.