8.0

Walking into Varga Bar is like walking into my own personal heaven: beer, pin-up babes and burgers. Also like most versions of heaven, they won't let me in: after spending 90 minutes waiting for a table during opening week, I abandoned all hope of gorging on kobe beef. It must have been one of those seven deadlies that did me in, although I cannot imagine which one.

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6.5

Can eating a burger ever be sexy? I'd have said no but that was before I visited Rouge. We felt it was necessary to visit the upscale bistro/lounge on Rittenhouse square because a few years back some other rinky-dink source voted the burger at Rouge to be Philadelphia's best burger. But like good Americans we weren't...

7.0

After spending $20 on the kid's meal at Barclay Prime, we'd had our fill of atmosphere but not of beef. Laurence and I decided to go for the gusto and grab another burger, this time seeking out the opposite experience (no, not that opposite). Rouge owners Rob and Maggie Wasserman opened the spartan 500° in late March, and it seemed like the perfect counterpoint to the Steven Starr experience.

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6.5

I find all of Steven Starr's restaurants to feel like movie sets. They're hyper-real. If I needed to film a hip bar scene for an episode of Sex and the City, I'd pick a Starr restaurant. And if I needed to shoot a '20s era gangster film, I'd choose the lounge at Barclay Prime. Large black and white square-tiled floor, wood paneled walls, molded ceiling, high-back brown leather chairs—this place is the interior decorating equivalent being of dressed to the nines....

5.5

Triumph Brewing Company exudes urban cool in an artsy-industrial atmosphere. Welded steel gremlins hang out over the bar, where the beer is A1. It's a fun spot in old city and, unlike many of the establishments there, actually large enough that you won't feel claustrophobic while you eat and drink.

Getting the scoop on the Triumph Bacon Double Cheeseburger has turned us into investigative journalists. We'd heard that Triumph was releasing a specialty (and especially extravagant) burger to...

3.5

Tangier is a midsize city in north Morocco, famous for its light, its spices and its international flair. Tangier is also a bar in on 18th street that shares little in common with the north African city, aside for the likelihood that you will pay too much for something bizarre. We'd been tipped off that Tangier had an ostrich burger, and were excited to expand the horizons of Burgerdelphia by eating another new animal. As is becoming the trend, we found the online...

Editor's Note: This article refers to a burger that is no longer available. Don't be sad though, they made a new, better burger. Read about it.

We take the quest seriously, and will investigate any claim that a burger is “the best,” or “must be tried.” Basically, if someone says “this is my favorite burger,” we have to try it. So it was with Rembrandt's that someone claimed it had the best burger in Philadelphia. That person happened to be me, circa 2007. I have little memory of...

5.5

My impression of Ladder 15 had been that it's the kind of bar with 10 taps serving Michelob Ultra and a two popped-collar minimum. Situated in the Rittenhouse morass, I'd never considered it a place worth visiting, especially not as a place to eat on a Friday night.

That was before David Ansill became the executive chef this March. In addition to whipping the beer menu into an almost-entirely microbrew format (don't worry kids, you can still get...

Editor's note: This burger was re-reviewed and contains a new rating. You may be want to read the newest infomation available.  

Butcher & Singer may be the only Stephen Starr restaurant that isn't a parody of itself. From the subdued colors to the jazz soundtrack to the formal waitstaff attire, it lacks the...