Best of Philly: Best Burgers for Burger Lovers

The Best Burgers for Every Mood

Philadelphia magazine’s 40th anniversary Best of Philly issue is online now. We at Foobooz are highlighting some of our favorite food and drink winners. Here are the winners for best burger, from gastropub to backyard.

Best Gastropub Burger
The Dandelion

Best Gastropub Burger - The Dandelion | Photo by Jason Varney

We’re not sure what’s the best part—the aged beef blend, Vermont cheddar, smoked bacon, pickles from Brooklyn Brine, or mysterious Churchill Sauce with its dozen-odd ingredients. 124 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse, 215-558-2500.

Best Bar Burger
Best Backyard Burger

Dandelion’s Robert Aikens Is Heading to New York

robert-aikens-dandelionIn a reversal from what has certainly been a trend, Robert Aikens is heading from Philadelphia to New York. The head man at the Dandelion since it opened in December of 2010 is leaving Philadelphia for The Peacock at Williams, a boutique hotel coming to the Murray Hill section of Manhattan.

Starr tells Michael Klein that Aikens will be succeeded by Aikens’ right hand man, Joe Monnich.

Robert Aikens Will Be the New Chef at the Peacock [New York Times]
Chef change at the Dandelion [The Insider]

Photo by Yoni Nimrod

The Dandelion Hosts The William Bros. Brewing Co. This Thursday


At the Dog Room at Stephen Starr’s The Dandelion, will be featuring Scotland’s William Bros. Brewing Co. this Thursday, April 4th, from 9-11 p.m. It’s a one-night only event featuring ales from three historic casks, snacks and top-notch fun. Chef Robert Aikens will be offering passed hors d’oeuvres, including cheese boards, Scotch eggs, bangers and mash, Welsh rarebit and smoked salmon fish cakes.

The event is $35 per person and include beer from three different historical Williams Brothers casks. Call now (215.558.2500) to reserve your seats.

Dandelion [Facebook]

Green Beer Is for Amateurs

How (and where) to drink like a pro this St. Patrick’s Day.

Let us stipulate from the start that you’ve come far enough in life that your idea of celebrating- St. Patrick’s Day no longer involves plastic cups of green-tinted Miller High Life, a stained KISS ME I’M IRISH t-shirt and passing out on Broad Street. But just because you’ve left your days of crippling hangovers and low-rent sinning behind doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the March 17th festivities this year. You just need something a little classier to drink at the long oak—something that will separate you from the Irish-Car-Bomb-swilling college boys at the other end of the bar. And the pros are here to help you out.

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Our Guide to Fireplaces in Philadelphia

The calendar says it is the first day of winter despite the thermostat’s argument to the contrary. We’re going with the calendar though and offering up our Guide to fireplaces and firepits in Philadelphia.

Enjoy, because even if it isn’t freezing, the dampness will have you looking for a fire.

Fireplaces and Firepits in Philadelphia [f8b8z]

Beating The Heat (Or Not) In Center City

That guy there? He should’ve gone to Butcher & Singer where the temperature in the bar is a cool and refreshing 68.5 degrees. Or Happy Rooster on 16th where the 69 degree chill would’ve perhaps alleviated the need for him to strip down to his underthings before passing out in front of that table fan.

Yes, it is hot in Philly today. 98.5 degrees right outside the doors of 1818 Market and climbing towards 102 if the weather-heads are to be believed. But have no fear because Foobooz is there for you. We sent one of our commandos out into the swelter, armed with an instant-read thermometer, and had her check the temps at 19 bars and restaurants around Center City in order to determine which had the best AC and which were actually causing their customers and employees to melt.

The results are a bit surprising, and are causing us to do something we thought we’d never do: recommend a terrible chain restaurant as an afternoon drinking destination. But hey, this is an emergency, right? And we won’t tell if you won’t.

Results after the jump.

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Best New Restaurant Semifinals Reached

The Philadelphia magazine Best New Restaurant bracket has reached its final four. Barbuzzo, Talula’s Garden, The Dandelion and Adsum all advanced. Adsum narrowly squeaked past JG Domestic in the most hotly contested first-round matchup. Vote now to see who moves on the Best New Restaurant Finals.

Best New Philadelphia Restaurant [Philadelphia Magazine]

Photo by Jason Varney

What Makes the Perfect Fry-Up

Drew Lazor goes out in search of the proper English/Irish breakfast of as much fried food as he can muster. He manages to visit eight different spots as he learns what makes a perfect fry-up.

Among the restaurants and bars tried:

  • Bards
  • British Chip Shop (Haddonfield)
  • The Dandelion
  • Fado
  • Hibernia Deli & Coffee Shop (Drexel Hill)
  • Ida Mae’s
  • Irish Coffee Shop (Upper Darby)
  • Pub & Kitchen

Full Loaded [City Paper]

Best New Restaurants Bracket

We hope you enjoyed voting in the Best Burger bracket. Look for the winner in August’s Best of Philly edition of Philadelphia magazine. Next up is the Best New Restaurants bracket.

The past year has seen some significant openings in Philadelphia but which is the best? Is it one of the splashy debuts like Adsum, Barbuzzo, Dandelion, JG Domestic or Talula’s Garden? Or could it be one of the quieter openings by respected chefs like Chip Roman’s Mica, Peter McAndrew’s Monsu or Joshua Lawler’s The Farm and Fisherman?

It’s up to you to decide in Philadelphia magazine’s latest Best of Philly bracket.

Best New Philadelphia Restaurant [Philadelphia Magazine]

Photo by Fanny Allie

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