Once upon a time, Le Bar Lyonnais was a sexy hideaway beneath Le Bec-Fin. But that time has passed. Le Bec-Fin has given way to Avance. And beneath Avance is its bar—still clandestine, still sexy, but now modern rather than hung with blue velvet drapes and mirrors. The space shares the same theme as the dining room upstairs—black-walnut-topped bar and high tables—but downstairs, the gray walls and low ceilings combine for a darker, more intimate space, ideal for pre-dinner drinks or a late-night rendezvous. The drinks are creative and playfully named; “A Roll of Quarters in a Clutch Purse” and “See You Around the Bend” are among the most clever. Besides the signature cocktails, drinkers can peruse the long menu of liquors, wines and beers. Diners can order from the regular Avance à la carte menu or try one of the bar-only dishes, including the lamb burger—a two-handed sandwich featuring Border Springs Farm lamb topped with red onion marmalade and feta cheese. Ordered at medium-rare, this juicy burger teases at just what chef Justin Bogle has in store upstairs.
First appeared in the March, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Tap Room on 19th’s Michael Strauss is bragging about his Monday burger deal. And why not? The normally $13 Pat LaFrieda blend is offered for half-price. The burger comes with Tap Sauce, pickles, pickled red onions, lettuce and cheese.
The burger comes with fresh cut fries, accessorize the burger with Green Meadow Farms bacon, pork belly, fried egg or even Taylor Pork Roll.
The burger deal runs all day on Mondays.
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Matthew Feldman launched his Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck in late 2011. His burgers and shakes were well received and he was a popular truck wherever he set up. So it was a surprise today to see that he’s shutting down the truck. No word on what’s next for Feldman who at one time hoped to open a jazz club in Newbold.
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City Paper’s Adam Erace dines upstairs and down at Avance. He finds plenty to like on both floors but falls in love with the bar and burger.
The bar is also where you’ll find my favorite thing at Avance. Garnished with onion marmalade, harissa mayo and feta, the perfectly cooked Border Springs lamb burger arrives on a bronzed, sesame seed-speckled potato bun, part of the restaurant’s extraordinary bread program. It is the finest burger I have ever eaten. That it’s served at the old Le Bec makes me love it, and Avance, even more.
Out with the old French guard and in with Avance at the former Le Bec-Fin [City Paper]
Michael Klein did a good job a couple of weeks ago chronicling the drama of Agiato, Rubb, Main Street Market and Tapestry, all parts of the Belvedere Restaurant Group headed up by Rich Rivera and Rob Nydick. Long story short, they’re all closed.
But life has returned to Manayunk’s Agiato. That property is now running under the name BLT and serving up burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes. Rich Rivera is involved with BLT and he’s got a menu that will look familiar to free fixings lovers who frequent Five Guys.
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Every Tuesday, Rex 1516′s chef Justin Swain will reveal the restaurant’s weekly burger special. The burger, which is available on Tuesday and Wednesday evening at the South Street West restaurant is paired with a shot of Buffalo Trace and a pint of Philadelphia Brewing Company’s Newbold IPA for $15.
This week’s special is smoked sliced brisket, cherry pepper cheese sauce, bibb lettuce, atop Rex 1516′s house ground burger.
Follow chef Swain on Instagram (@swainstache) and Twitter (@JustinSwain), where he will post his creation weekly.
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Despised former Eagle Terrell Owens is now hawking Philly Cheesesteak Burgers for fast food chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, with the help of some bikini models. Read more »
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West Passyunk’s Grubhouse won a Best of Philly award for best hangover cure. But the South Philly luncheonette isn’t just about curing your headache with bacon pancakes. They also offer several deals that can heal your ailing wallet.
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Back in the day Conshohocken’s Blackfish offered lunch with a much-praised burger. Beginning tomorrow lunch returns to Chip Roman’s BYOB. And yes, there’s a burger on the menu. In fact there are two of them. Other highlights include French onion soup, chicken pot pie, roasted skate and four salads.
Lunch is offered Tuesday through Friday.
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Photo courtesy of Sassafras.
Sassafras in Old City is now offering lunch. The menu feature sirloin, ostrich and bison burgers as well as a grilled cheese with apricot jam (pictured), traditional fish and chips and more.
If it’s a drinking lunch, check out the single malt scotches or ask about the “secret” handcrafted cocktails, only available during lunch.
Lunch is served Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Menu offerings average $7.95 to $9.95.
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