April burger club meeting at Eulogy ..err.. I mean Bierstube!

Our group!

Our April burger club meeting was to be at Eulogy (136 Chestnut St) but due to an organizational misunderstanding we went to Eulogy’s sister restaurant – Bierstube (206 Market St). We went to Bierstube August of 2012 and had a fine time. This visit was a little different due to the Chef’s special addition of an Elk burger! I was able to try a bite of this burger and I’m HERE TO TELL YOU that it’s awesome. The flavor of the meat is unrivaled by any other burger in the city – in my opinion. The meat is just plain flavorful, I can’t think of another way to describe it. It’s not gamey or tough, just delicious! One burger club member (Megan) had this to say “I liked the meat in particular. It was very tender. I’m glad I tried the elk. Normally, I can’t hunt an elk myself so I am glad someone did it for me”. Truth. If you’re looking for something different (and a little daring) I would definitely tell you to hurry yourself over to Bierstube.

Also on their menu is the dragon burger (which is what I ordered) – drachen, a spicy meat blend stuffed with blue cheese, breathes fire from this burger on a kaiser roll. This burger packs a punch, the spicy sausage-blended meat patty is simply delicious. It’s not too spicy if you’re worried – just right. The blue cheese, which is actually stuffed INTO the burger, cools things out for a delightful overall taste. The bun holds things together well but isn’t much to write home about. I learned only after my meal that any burger can be requested on the pretzel roll (that the German burger comes on). In the future I would request to have that. I love pretzel rolls so much – I wish I could just buy a dozen of them and use them for every sandwich.

I was also lucky enough to have a bite of the aforementioned German burger. The German burger is topped w/fried knockwurst, sauerkraut and muenster cheese on a pretzel roll. For the love of all that is not sauerkraut-loving, put that stuff on the side! I think kraut is an acquired taste that I have not yet developed – maybe one day. Burger Club Member Megan said “I thought that the toppings were great with the exception of the sauerkraut on the German burger. Just because Gushers are American, doesn’t mean I put that on my fried chicken”. I wholeheartedly agree. This burger is pretty dang good and I would definitely bring an out-of-towner to sample it. Similar to the Elk burger, you’re just not going to find this anywhere else. It’s like two meals in one with a burger patty topped with a knockwurst. The muenster cheese is too subtle for this burger – it really gets lost in the shuffle. No matter though, the pretzel roll makes up for any slight problems with its salty delicious, egg washed hardiness. All burgers come with delicious thick-cut French fries that I just couldn’t get enough of.

The only major downside of our visit (despite the location mix-up) was the lack of staff in the restaurant. The one lone waitress was responsible for the entire restaurant (a packed house with our party). It took us maybe 45 minutes just to get our drinks! Despite being completely overwhelmed she really kept her composure and was a true professional. After the first taste of our liter mugs everything was just fine. Our burgers came out quickly after our drinks did and everything was cooked to perfection.

Overall we had a great time, despite some start-up problems. I haven’t had a bad meal from Bierstube yet and I don’t think I ever will. Definitely a rare spot in old city that isn’t filled with jerks. Would definitely recommend a trip here! If I haven’t been able to convince you to visit this establishment by now, you should probably go for the full liters of beer. Please see the picture below (with dollar for size reference) for a visual aid.

burger news 4/13/2012

Hello! Happy Friday the 13th!!

I’m pretty excited to say that we have official burger club buttons! I think I’m going to sell them for $1 (it’s a little fundraiser for the club – we need a petty cash fund) BUT to make things a little more interesting I’ll give a FREE button to anyone that arrives to this month’s burger club meeting before me on 4/25 (limit 5). So get there EARLY and you’ll be the proud owner of one of these sweet little puppies.

I’m a little embarrassed to say that I tried TWO burgers since I posted last. Last Thursday I went to the south philly tap room. It was awesome! I just had their regular cheeseburger. The meat was delicious and flavorful and the toppings were really fresh. The bun was really fantastic – you could tell it wasn’t your run-of-the-mill bun. I asked the waitress where it came from and she said that it was from baker street bread company (chestnut hill). I would rate the bun a “5” for sure. The waitress also said that the meat is from local grass-fed beef and all the toppings and such were locally grown/farmed. She said they try to buy everything as local as possible. I’m totally into the idea of supporting local business. While eating I just kept thinking to myself “why don’t I come here more often?” and also “when can we have our burger club meeting here?”.

The second burger I had was from Eulogy. Zomg. Drop whatever you’re doing and go to this place and ask for a burger. Right now. I’ll wait…. I had my burger with blue cheese and bacon (my all-time fave combo). The meat was very juicy but thankfully the bun effortlessly soaked it all up. The fries were more like potato wedges or steak fries – just perfect. I would HIGHLY recommend this burger. The beer selection was the icing on the cake to this burgerventure. I consider any place that has kasteel rouge to be top-notch – needless to say they had it.

Well I certainly had a lot to say, but many of our burger club members had a lot to say this week too! Stuart (@vacord) went to Rouge last week and said the burger was “pretty amazing” and went on to say

“Rouge burger was a very huge burger with gruyere cheese and caramelized onions on a challah bun. A very large thick burger, got it medium rare and it was pretty excellent. I asked for an aoili and got a spicy one, which I added to it. Upgraded my fries to truffle fries. Not cheap, that all added up to about $18, but it was a birthday dinner so whatever. Very filling, but then I got seduced by a chocolate chip bread pudding a la mode and we were both in a food coma by the time we were half way home in the taxi.”

I have to admit that I’ve never been to Rouge but Stuart’s report has convinced me that it needs to be the next burger I try.

Brendan went to Sketch this week (a burger club favorite). Really, in my opinion, if you haven’t been to sketch yet you really need to go. Sketch is this little place that is very unassuming. I’m pretty sure that they don’t even give themselves enough credit for how great their burgers are. I appreciate that they’re modestly priced and come from (sorry I don’t want to say it but…) a hole in the wall kinda storefront but this is the type of burger someone would pay $18 for at the Ritz. No kidding. Anyway – Brendan talked about his experience,

“Medium rare, great flavor meat. Little too much truffle, so a little too rich and hard to finish. Mushrooms were good. Bun was nice. Fluffy but didn’t fall apart.”

And last (but never ever ever least) Devon had the burger at the Baggataway Tavern. She wants to get the word out that on Tuesdays their burgers are BOGO (buy one get one free). You know where I’ll be next Tuesday? Eating two burgers 🙂 haha anyway, Devon said

“It’s a great all american burger with great toppings. I like Bacon and Blue cheese , that patty fits the whole bun and is about a half inch think. It’s a pretty big patty. Also the fries have that crispy potato flour coating. Yum”

Yum indeed!

Alright burger buddies. Thanks for reading! Keep on eating and please don’t forget to report about it on the facebook page. Stay tuned for next week’s post where Jim and I will share a kewl little announcement!

PS: Big HUGE Thank you to Quynh from Jay Social (www.jaysocial.com) for helping us out with our new logo!