Celebrity chefs are everywhere these days: in addition to their own shows, they're on Iron Chef, giving lectures and tastings all over, and sometimes, are single-handedly saving flailing TV networks via hit game show Minute To Win It. For one dropping into Philly for the first time, check out Bobby's Burger Palace.
The first 215 spot from celeb grub-maker Bobby Flay, BBP's plating regional shout-outs to ground Angus, turkey, and chicken breast in a quick-casual environment featuring wooden communal tables and low-back stool seating decked in reds, greens, and oranges, ribbon candy/glass orb lighting, and a naturally-striped serpentine bar counter that almost looks like a slot-car track, aka, the only reason Teddy Johnson had any friends, aside from his busty mom. The burger menu (all available with any of the aforementioned three meats) is stocked with geographic homages like the Philadelphia (Provolone or Wiz, griddled onions, hot peppers), the Buffalo Style (prepped with red hot sauce and bleu cheese dressing), and the Cubano-repping Miami, a pressed deal with ham, Swiss, pickles, mustard, and mayonnaise; if you're just that nuts, any burger can be "crunchified" by adding a topping of chips and plenty of extra cheese, or, the Erik Estrada. The streamlined salads/sides menu offers up regular & sweet potato fries, onion rings, and a crunch salad of mixed veggies, white cheddar, and tortilla chips, and you can also get any burger served on baby greens and doused with balsamic in the Topless Burger Salad...just topless? What is this, New Jersey?
For drinks, it's Boylan's sodas plus beers like Anchor Steam and Dundee Honey Brown, house BBP red and whites, a frozen cactus pear margarita, and a lineup of milkshakes including dark chocolate, pistachio, or blueberry-pomegranate, which for an extra two-fifty can be spiked, which'll console you for not being able to do that to the face of certain obnoxious TV personalities.