Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Gallo's Burger Bar

8101 Roosevelt Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19152
(215) 333-0484

I found myself in the Great Northeast looking for something to eat while running an errand. Wasn't expecting much, no offense to the folks up that way, but it isn't exactly the epicenter of the Philadelphia food scene. This burger bar was attached to a much bigger seafood restaurant, which I deduced must be a popular venue up in that hood. The inside was sleek, like a knockoff Steven Starr, without the pretentious waitstaff to match.

They mostly serve burgers, which is just fine with me.

The fries are sold a la carte, and were abundant for their meager $3.50 price tag. Thin, shoestring cuts that were crispy and loaded with Parmesan and garlic, it didn't take too long to polish off the entire order.

The barbecue burger was topped with cheddar, thick smoked bacon, and onion "straws." The bottom was smothered with barbecue sauce, and served with a side of coleslaw (from the attached seafood place I am guessing) and a pickle spear. This was my favorite of the two burgers ordered. Of course, crispy fried onions, smokey bacon and barbecue sauce - what's not to love. The burger was ordered medium rare, and it came out...medium rare. I was so happy that I had yet another place that surprised me with a perfect cooking temperature. The burger was really quite good, and a steal at around $7.

My lunch partner ordered what I believe was called the "special burger." It came topped with mushrooms, onions, and Swiss. This one was good also, but it lacked the pop of the barbecue sauce, and the crunch of those crispy fried onions. This burger was also cooked quite well (medium-rare), and with the addition of some complementary chipotle ketchup, was another winner. They also seasoned the meat pretty liberally - but not too over the top, which can be an issue with other burger joints - either one way or the other. If I didn't have to drive so far, I would certainly be eating here more often.

See the nice medium rare going on below? So delicious.

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