Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Square Burger

The most recent outing for Burger Club Philly had us trekking down to Franklin Square to check out Stephen Starr's Square Burger. Many had been there earlier in the summer, but it was my first visit to Starr's burger shack.
Square Burger
The menu is simple and straight forward, burgers, dogs, veggie burger, fries. Nothing too fancy, nothing too fussy. The original burger as it comes with cheese, ketchup, mustard and a relish made of chopped onions and pickles.
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While it's not the most beautiful burger I've eaten, in fact it was rather sloppily put together, the slop did not diminish the delicious taste. I was really into the chopped onion and pickle relish, but could have used a bit less mustard. The burger was well done, the only way they cook them at this little shack, but it was juicy and I was happy with that despite the fact that I normally eat my burgers medium-rare. A Martin's potato roll kept all the toppings wrapped around the patty in a soft blanket of love.
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Fries are rumored to be frozen, but they're fried up crispy and still maintain some of the skin, which always gets a big thumbs up from me. They were perfectly salty, and I'll take them over limp, hand-cut fries any day.
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While native Philadelphians and butterscotch lovers swoon over the Cake Shake, this girl often finds butterscotch too sweet and overwhelming, so I skipped the infamous dessert drink and opted instead for the CMP sundae. The CMP combines vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce, a heavy handed scoop of marshmallow sauce and salted peanuts. Topped with whipped cream and a cherry, this sundae made my Square Burger experience something to write home about. I loved the addition of the salty peanuts to a sweet dessert, and anything with marshmallow cream usually gets a stamp of approval from me, so this was definitely a win.

Square Burger
200 N. 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Open until the end of October!

Friday, October 02, 2009

Midtown Village Festival

Looking for something to do this Saturday in Philly? Midtown Village, the area of Center City that runs from Spruce to Market and from Broad to 11th Street is celebrating Fall with a festival of specials and games.

The Midtown Village Festival is family friendly and open to anyone in Philly who wants to hang out in the city on what looks like its going to be only a slightly rainy fall day. Running from noon to 8pm, you can participate in Sumo wrestling sponsored by Raw Sushi, or just have a beer or two at the Oktoberfest sponsored by Time restaurant. Numerous area boutiques and restaurants have donated prizes and gift certificates to the raffle, so be sure to buy a ticket!

To learn more about Midtown Village, visit its website at

My good friend Jess of Fries With That Shake is hosting a terrific event as part of the 215Festival, a Food Blogger Brunch at National Mechanics. The 215Festival is a celebration of words, whether spoken or written, so the Food Blogger Brunch will focus on discussion about popular words used in writing about food and I imagine a little bit on the process of writing about delectable and not so delectable things we eat.

Along with Jess and me, some great bloggers are part of the panel:

Taylor from Mac and Cheese
Collin from Phoodie
Drew from Meal Ticket
Ben from Unbreaded
Robyn from A Hamburger Today, and
The Girl Who Ate Everything

Anyone is invited to attend, so if you love brunch or food blogs, or both, this is totally the event for you. Also here's three words to get you down to National Mechanics: Bloody Mary Bar.

See you there, 11am - 2pm, this Sunday October 4th.

National Mechanics
22 South 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 701-4883

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Rust 'n Root Cupcake Video!

The good folks at Art in the Age came by before A Full Plate's 3rd Annual Rib Cook Off to take a little video of me baking my Rust 'n Root Cupcakes. Check me out!

In The Kitchen With ROOT - Rust 'n' ROOT cupcakes from Art In The Age on Vimeo.