Ever felt ashamed that you can’t tell the difference between a slider and a mini? Don’t understand why some burgers are smashed while others are steamed? Well do yourself a favor and check out A Hamburger Today’s Guide to Hamburger and Cheeseburger Styles. My new love Corner Bistro gets a mention, and Philly’s own Good Dog Bar (man, I really have to get back there soon) gets some photographic appreciation in the “cheese-stuffed” category.

[A Hamburger Today via Unbreaded]

Philly food/entertainment blog Foobooz recently compiled a list of what’re believed to be the 50 best bars in Philadelphia. While it included such Here’s the Beef favorites as the Royal Tavern and the Good Dog Bar (not reviewed yet), the list did generate enough controversy to warrant a follow-up post. If you’re looking for a good time, check the links.

[Foobooz.com via Grub Street Philadelphia]

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I recently had an altercation with a super-sandwich that could easily be mistaken for a tank. My fellow Philadelphia food-bloggers at Unbreaded were gracious enough to post it up for your enjoyment. Check her out here and show the sandwich world a little love.

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Corner Bistro, West Village – 331 W 4th St, New York NY 10014 (Find it!)

The second leg of the tour was a little better suited to my pursuit of cheeseburger perfection. Recommended by a good friend and faithful reader, Corner Bistro in Manhattan has been around since the 1820s and has become well known in the city for its tasty (and relatively cheap at $6.75) burgers. My expectations were high after reading several positive reviews online, though I tried to keep them tempered so as not to have another Bridgeview experience. The end result was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had, and Corner Bistro now sits atop my list of all-time favorite burgers.

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Bridgeview Diner, Brooklyn – 9011 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209 (Find it!)

I’ll get this out of the way now: I’m not going to wax poetic about the Bridgeview Diner. I added it to the itinerary of my New York City Burger Tour (do two stops constitute a tour) based on an article by the self-proclaimed Diner Junkie of Brooklyn in which she ranks the Bridgeview as having the best “diner burger” in all of Brooklyn. What I should have considered is that saying best diner burger is a lot like saying best baloney sandwich. It can be a wonderful thing when you’re in the mood, and it’s nice to be able to eat without having to use your teeth, but it it’s still just a baloney sandwich. In short, my disappointment with the Bridgeview burger is mainly a product of my own bloated (pun intended) expectations.

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Phil’s Tavern, Blue Bell – 931 Butler Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422 (Find it!)

At the tail end of a rather benign yet enjoyable holiday weekend, I was headed out to see District 9 (go see this movie as soon as possible) and decided to add in a little culinary adventure. I have read in local newspapers and heard from co-workers that Phil’s Tavern in Blue Bell, PA is home to one of the best cheeseburgers in the metro area. Never one to shy away from a good recommendation, and considering I would be in the area that day anyway, I gave it a shot. And while it wasn’t the most thrilling experience in my gastronomical career, Phil’s does succeed in serving a tasty burger in a rather comfortable atmosphere. Continue Reading »

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