Wednesday, April 08, 2009
I rarely get a craving for a big juicy burger, but when I do, it's an insatiable kind of thing. Luckily, when the mood does strike, one of the best and freshest burgers available in Philadelphia is just about a mile walk from my house. The walk there and back is the perfect justification for scarfing one of these burgers and sharing an order of their killer hand-cut, skin-on, french fries.
Everything at Sketch is made fresh. The burgers are hand formed and never frozen. You can choose from the classic beef burger, the leaner bison, or the homemade veggie burger. (If you're feeling luxurious you can even upgrade to a Kobe beef burger!) On top of that you can get your choice of cheese (I'm partial to the horseradish cheddar) and a variety of sauces (I recommend the harissa aoili) and you can even add thick-cut applewood bacon. Burgers are cooked to order and are spot on in terms of doneness.
When Sketch first opened, they didn't serve the delicious french fries pictured above, instead they were serving burgers in paper boats perched atop a mound of cheese doodles. Cute and kitsch, but apparently not what Philadelphians wanted with their burgers. The ladies of Sketch listened and re-vamped and now they serve incredible hand-cut seasoned french fries instead of the retro cheese puff. This particular basket was served with a side of wasabi dipping sauce, which was thick and rich (and vegan) while delivering a nice kick along side the fried potato goodness.
I've always been too stuffed after a burger to indulge in one of their milkshakes, but every trusted source I know who has tried one has loved it. One of these days I may get an insatiable milkshake craving and I know just where to go to satiate it.
413 East Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125