7.0

It was a bright summer day when we entered The Belgian Cafe, and suddenly it was dark and cool. It's a little like entering permanent winter to go to the bar at Belgian. Those averse to this can sit by the large windows in the dining room or outside under the awning, but I believe Kyle is a vampire and to ensure his continued health (and our continued quest) we sat at the dim bar for drinks and food. The Belgian Cafe can't quite be called a new establishment as it's been running strong since 2007, and it can't be...

5.5

We've been accused of snobbery, elitism, egotism, pretension, pomposity, delusions of grandeur and arson. And that was before we started this site. On more than one occasion, a reader has complained that we only visit the most expensive high-end restaurants (which is...

Whilst traveling to Chicago for work last week, I had two goals: to have a drink at the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center per Laurence's recommendation, and more importantly, to eat the best burger in Chicago.

Known for steaks and deep-dish pizzas, there were no guarantees that the city's burger...

7.5

Behind the unassuming exterior of Royal Tavern is an unassuming interior. It's a dim, wood-finished neighborhood bar with classic molded tin ceilings. The lighting is understated but vaguely festive, with supplementary Christmas lights to make it feel as though you are on the set of a student film. Overall it's not the kind of place that necessarily sticks out in your memory. This is precisely what I find so appealing about it. You won't find a hipster crowd, a frat crowd, suits from the investment firms, construction...

6.0

"It's a burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches."

"That sounds disgusting."

"What? Grilled cheese sandwiches, dude."

"I really don't want to eat that."

"Dude."

"No."

"It's either that or Wendy's." 

And with that, my...

6.0

The American Hipster (Americus Ironicus) is a hearty creature capable of inhabiting vast swaths of hostile urban areas. The creatures are most easily distinguished by their plaid markings and oversized eyeware. Males of the species forage for canned alcoholic libations and are most commonly seen with ample facial hair. Aside for the wildlife reserve and breeding ground known as Brooklyn, one of the best areas to see the...

6.0

No one is saying that Tweed makes the best burger in Philadelphia. No one is saying Tweed makes an even remotely passable burger. The only thing I've heard anyone say about the three-week-old restaurant is that it has...

8.5

We at Burgerdelphia believe in the quest for perfection. Apparently we share this vision with Jose Garces, who, according to Kyle, shall henceforth be referred to only as Iron Man. Garces' love of simple American food combines with his thirst for whiskey blends in a sonata of taste and class at the incredibly small Village Whiskey. The post-prohibition style cocktail bar is sleek and well decorated but does not feel like a theme-restaurant. It's just further proof that this man knows how to make...

5.0

Bobby Flay isn't a chef, but he plays one on TV. I don't watch cooking shows; the worst part about food is not eating it. Consequently, my exposure to Flay's personality is limited, but everything I've ever heard about the man strikes me as though he's constantly posturing to be the frat-friendly chef, like he grew up wanting to be Julia Child but couldn't hold his liquor. Years ago I ate at the...

9.0

Before eating at Amada, I decided to really dig into the texts and do some research. So, it's time for a little history lesson. Long before the founding of Burgerdelphia, but not long after the founding of the country, Jose Garces, maybe the most acclaimed new chef between Savannah and Boston, decided to conquer Philadelphia. He prepared an armada 100 strong and sailed directly up the Delaware river. To let the world know his plans, Garces' ship was emblazoned with the word “ARMADA” in three-foot-high white...