5.5

After our last venture into the exciting world of eating at places because they're really high in the air, my expectations were set pretty low. Drawing a broad conclusion based on one experience would be foolish, so I'll do it: the quality of an establishment's food is inversely proportional to its distance to Earth. Following this logic, the burgers at R2L should be somewhere between the charcoal brick we ate at XIX and whatever dehydrated...

6.0

The small, cozy eatery Snackbar is oddly named. When we arrived in swimsuits and sandals we were not greeted in the way I had assumed at a restaurant named after a poolside hot dog stand. Perhaps  it may have been confusing to the other patrons and owners because, at around 30 degrees in November, we were perhaps not quite appropriately dressed. Despite the setback, we were offered a lovely two-top against the back wall where booth seating is embedded in the masonry.

The fireplace, mood...

In keeping with the spirit of the times, Burgerdelphia is using a national holiday as an excuse to not work. Gross hyperbole and gross innuendo will resume next week.

7.5

That headline is misleading. Despite the impressively high ceilings, lighted columns and tall walls of wine, Lacroix is not limited by the sky. It's actual limits are far lower. Like, second floor lower. Floor-to-ceiling windows don't do much to trick you into thinking you're sitting above the fray of the common man, and its advertised “beautiful view of the park” puts you just barely out of reach of the methed-out vagrants sleeping in Rittenhouse because, hello, second floor. 40 feet is the limit at Lacroix.

Lacroix, pronounced “La Qua” as...

5.5

Why anyone would choose to leave the sunny coast of Venice Beach to reopen an already successful restaurant in the cold filth of Philadelphia is beyond me. On second though, I'm sure the owner of Baby Blues BBQ visited Philly, saw a ton of fat people, and then decided a BBQ pit couldn't go wrong in a city where the average citizen has more angioplasty and bypass surgeries than his SAT score (combined).

Regardless of the reasons, Baby Blues BBQ opened a few weeks ago to a salivating public. After an...

5.5

In 2007, the U.S. government relaxed laws prohibiting the sale and manufacture of absinthe, allowing importers and distillers to bring it to the states. The newly liberated spirit was reintroduced into the American market around the same time as the re-emergence of classic cocktail bars and high-end mixology shops. Naturally, some of these bars have all the subtlety and class you've come to expect from Philadelphia, but places like...

3.5

The Hyatt's 19th floor restaurant, XIX, screams of money. You know a restaurant is high-class when there is a dedicated employee waiting by the entrance to tell you that you cannot eat dinner. No, it wasn't the hostess, she was in a different room. Upon stepping off the elevator we found ourselves in a large round room with ample seating, a gorgeous chandelier, a picturesque balcony and no patrons. That is when we met Gilda, who had a nametag describing her...

6.5

On the last episode of Pub and Kitchen, we left our heroes Kyle and Laurence arguing over whether grad students "suck worser" or "suck more harder" than the normal population, while simultaneously praising the restaurant for having fantastic bacon and a logo made of things that make vegans cry. They gave the burger a 7.5 and the bar a hearty endorsement. Meanwhile, everyone in town bangs Laura Palmer,...

On Sunday, the lady friend Sweet Vee and I went to the Lincoln Financial Field. This was the view from our seats.

Burger at Lincoln Financial Field

Apparently there was a football game going on, too.

7.0

When I heard that TMZ was opening up in Philly and had a burger on the menu, I was understandably confused. I wasn't aware that the low point of western civilization even had a dining outlet, let alone would need to set up shop in the city that mugs you back. Maybe it required a full-time staff to track the adventures of Danny Bonaduce. When it was later...