Food & Drink

Philly's 8 best under-the-radar burgers

Published On 04/23/2014 Published On 04/23/2014
thrillist burger
Cassie Hepler
Bourbon Blue
Lucky's Last Chance
El Camino Real
Sassafras
Trolley Car Diner & Deli
Cassie Hepler
Cassie Hepler
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1. Nick's Roast Beef Bar & Grille 16 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

Nick's in Old City serves up old-school-style roast beef sandwiches and other pub fare, but's also got an arcade and bar so you can unwind while you unwind.

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2. Bourbon Blue 2 Rector St, Manayunk, PA 19127 (Manayunk)

Bourbon Blue is located along the famous Manayunk Canal, and offers the best in American Cuisine with a little New Orleans fusion added in.

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3. Lucky's Last Chance 4421 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127 (Manayunk)

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.

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4. El Camino Real 1040 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

This NoLibs Mextaurant plates all the classic dishes like pork carnitas, but adds some unexpected twists like their cactus (yup) tacos and their Chronic burger, which comes with mac on top.

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5. Sassafras 48 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

With a comfortable, warm atmosphere, Sassafras is an Old City bar and resto that serves up a slice of the world: from Mongolian dumplings to their signature Philly cheesesteak made with brie, you're sure to find a bite to please everyone in your group.

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6. Trolley Car Diner 7619 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119 (Chestnut Hillmt Airy)

If you're looking for more time with your family, or enjoy wallowing in the infantile misery of others spending more time with their families, hit up kid-friendly TCD for a massive menu of upticked diner faves (sherry-doused chicken croquettes FTW!), and an absolutely necessary (given all the kids around) offering of 270+ craft bottles including Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye and locals like Porkslap and River Horse's Tripel.

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7. Moonshine 900 Moyamensing Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Pennsport)

This friendly South Philly neighborhood bar boasts an equally friendly and impressive craft beer list, as well as their Signature Burger, an 8oz hunk of meat stuffed with kosher dill and shallots and slathered in cheddar called the LTO.

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8. Goat Hollow 300 W Mount Pleasant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119 (Chestnut Hillmt Airy)

Rated by Zagat and more, this Mt Airy brasserie strives to have a neighborhood feel, and serves up gussied up classic dishes, like Duck Salad baby arugula, shaved romano, and dried cranberries, plus their famous Goat Hollow burger, which comes with pickled pork belly and provolone.

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