Food & Drink

The best burger in 12 Philly neighborhoods

Published On 08/27/2014 Published On 08/27/2014
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Smokin Betty's
The Cambridge
Royal Tavern
Bridget Foy's
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1. Hickory Lane Bistro 2025 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Hickory Lane’s signature burger lives up to the hype, thanks to the garlic aioli and the freshest ingredients in the city. The fries are pretty tasty too.

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2. Rouge 205 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The burgers at Rouge are a display of over indulgence. If you try one of 'em it's probably a good idea to have an empty stomach so you can actually finish the thing.

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3. Smokin' Betty's 116 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The burger options at Smokin’ Betty’s don't disappoint. Try their signature Betty burge, which has burger, pork belly, avocado, chester, garlic aioli, and all those other quintessential burger ingredients.

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4. National Mechanics 22 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

National Mechanics's got a varied American menu, a crazy array of cocktail, and inhabits an historic, gothic building in Old City.

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5. The Cambridge 1508 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Proving that following a legend won't always end in someone saying "Sorry sir, Meatloaf cleared out the continental breakfast" is Cambridge, which replaces the old grimy music venue Tritone with a new South St gastro from the crew behind Hawthorne's.

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6. Alla Spina 1410 Mt. Vernon St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Alla's is housed in the back half of the old Wilkie dealership with mismatched seating, a bar made of crushed beer bottles, and a ton of wall (and ceiling) space coated in graffiti -- a truly rare find, considering the pristine nature of North Broad.

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7. PYT 1050 N Hancock St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

It's hard to go wrong with consuming a half-pound of red-sauced meatball flattened between two fried lasagna patties. If you don't catch that, you can always back it up with a summery Jamaican jerk chicken burger bundled between fried plantains.

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8. Sketch Burger 413 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Sketch Burger views your meal as a carefully measured science, whether you want wasabi, BBQ sauce, or Chipotle sauce. Plus, truffle butter is always an optional topping.

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9. Royal Tavern 937 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The unassuming, minimally labeled outside of this Passyunk place gives way to a classic, deep red pub on the inside where the Angus Burger reigns king. The small, laid-back crowd of regulars who know about Royal Tavern line the full-service bar in the afternoon and late night to get a bite of rare beef and bacon, caramelized onions, smoked gouda, pickled longhots, and chile mayonnaise. They don't dare forget the side of thick, crispy fries with a sprinkling of Old Bay, either.

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10. Shake Shack 3200 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The New York City equivalent to Los Angeles' In-N-Out, Shake Shack is the modern-day answer to the 50s soda shop and burger joint. The influx of college kids from the nearby UPenn campus will tell you, this is the chain to devote yourself to, for its ideally palm-sized, paper-wrapped, utterly Instagram-able burgers alone. The branded bag you get with your to-go order (with the milkshake flavor of the week, of course) makes an accessory any New Yorker would be proud of as you step across the block to eat in Hill Square.

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11. Bridget Foy's 200 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Whether you opt for the Standard burger or the Head House Market burger with fried egg and swiss, Bridget Foy’s is celebrated for reinventing new ways to present your favorite comfort foods.

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12. Lucky's Last Chance 4421 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

Lucky's brought pub-height two-tops into the former Yunkers while covering the walls with a rose-vine mosaic and sweet vintage beer posters, serving serious burgers prepped with local ingredients and a tidy roster of craft brews.