33rd and Arch
Well it's kind of unfair to follow the Shake Shack post with another burger post. But, I have been hearing lots about Spot Burger, a unique cart that boasts burgers with freshly butchered and ground sirloin beef. Although it's usually at 33rd and Arch Monday thru Friday, they travel for special events.
It's a two person operation, with one guy in the kitchen and one working the "front of the house" and taking orders and money.
Everything is made fresh, from slicing avocado off of the pit, to par-frying their fries, and then finishing them when ordered, to order.
I went with a Spot Burger, a Santa Fe burger, and an order of cheese fries. As they were at a "special event" I guess they jacked their prices. Which is kind of understandable, and also kind of bullshit. I mean, the 'event' was the Frankford Hall Beer Week closing festival, and they happened to be about a block north of the gate. See here for the regular menu prices. I paid $8 per burger, and $4 for cheese fries. Which is pricy for a food truck, in my opinion.
See below for the Spot Burger. Now, I am not sure if the lines got crossed or what, but the Santa Fe was advertised as coming with Tapatio hot sauce, while the Spot Burger was supposed to come with Spot sauce. Unless Spot Sauce is also Tapatio, I am pretty sure I got Tapatio on both.
Anyway, the Spot Burger came with bacon, cheddar, dill pickle chips, coleslaw, and Spot Sauce. It was cooked to medium, which was fine (though ordered medium rare), but the issue was that the bacon and cheddar pulled a disappearing act. I had no idea they were even on there, as the main events were hot sauce, pickle, and slaw.
When the burger was almost gone, a piece of bacon fell out. It tasted just fine, but was non-existent in the main event.
Next up was the Santa Fe burger. This variation boasted lettuce, onion, avocado, sun-dried tomato, jalapeno, my old friend Tapatio, and pepper jack cheese. Again, for $6 this would not have been a bad burger, but $8 was pushing it.
This burger was much more enjoyable than the first. Although the bread was too big, the ingredients came together nicely. Of course, I am a sucker for Tex-Mex, so it's no surprise.
The cheese fries were freshly fried and had a great clean-fry flavor. I would have prefered them to be crispy, but they were still pretty tasty. Not to mention they were served with these awesome wooden toothpick/fork hybrids that brought me back to the chip wagons of my youth (I also noted the use of same said stick in Shake Shack's cheese fries).
The guys who run this truck are really great. They have a commitment to freshness, and quality. I need to try this place again on a regular weekday when they have their normal menu and are putting out their best work. There is a lot of potential here, it's just too bad their Fishtown mark-ups really threw me for a loop.