Stephen Starr continues his ghost kitchen assault on Philadelphia with the double-smashed patties hit that is The Burger That Ate Philadelphia.
When dosage MAGAZINE last spoke to Philly-based, international restauranteur Stephen Starr, he talked about expanding his, then, new ghost kitchen concept with as many culinary ideas as his sous chefs could manage. With those ideas, say Chicken Scratch and rotisserie chicken on South Street at Serpico, they had to come to fun names to go with their great tastes. Tacos, chicken wings… Starr had names and games for them all. With that, Starr has brought his ghost kitchen ideals farther north to his 1210 Frankford Avenue address, his 21st century German Biergarten and bratwurst-erie Frankford Hall, for The Burger That Ate Philadelphia.
Tied to the kitch of 1950s nuclear-era horror movies, such as the locally lensed “The Blob”, The Burger That Ate Philadelphia stars an oversized set of double smash mean patties – charred on the outside, juicy on the inside – with the option of a third patty upgrade. With that, who’s to stop you a three? Not Starr.
Along with big patties and brioche-y buns, The Burger That Ate Philadelphia holds the note of seven different burgers with three sets of fries and a variety of signature dipping sauces. From classics like bleu cheese and ranch to homemade tangy caper mayo, jalapeno cheddar and habanero ketchup.
Burger options, double-smashed patties unless they are not, include:
All Work and No Play – $14: dry-aged beef, sharp white cheddar, grilled red onion, tangy mayo.
Beauty Killed the Beast – $12: yellow American cheese, pickles, red onion, classic Russian dressing.
Your Number One Fan – $12: avocado, peppadews, American cheese, cilantro-scallion salad, green herb mayo.
Well, Clarice – $13: yellow American, black pepper bacon, pickles, red onion, Dijonnaise sauce.
Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid – $13: pepper jack cheese, chile-onion relish, bbq sauce, ranch, corn chips.
Whatever You Do, Don’t Fall Asleep – $7 to $11: single or double patty, yellow American, pickles, ketchup and mustard.
Gonna Need a Bigger Boat – $14: triple patty, yellow American, pickles, ketchup and mustard.
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