On Friday, September 6th, we attended the 2013 first annual Battle of the Burger. The event took place at The Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties and was presented by Philadelphia Magazine and Amstel Light. After the public voted online all Summer for their favorite burgers from 100 local restaurants, the top 25 (actually 23) gathered together to battle it out for the top burger.
Tickets sold for $50 and for the amount of food and beer you could have, it was well worth it. You won’t want to miss the Burger Battle next year. The event began at 6pm. We arrived at about 7pm. We each received 1 token to vote for our favorite burgers. The weather was perfect and everything was very well organized. The main Amstel Bar was located in the center, next to a fun photo booth and a ping pong table that ended up serving more as central table to grub at. Speaking of tables, our only critique is that there weren’t enough of them. It was a little difficult to balance a plate of burgers, a cup of beer and a camera. We found ourselves at the ping-pong table quite often…until people decided to actually play. 😉
Of the 23 burgers, we somehow managed to sample 9! May not sound like many, but most of the restaurants served up some hefty slider portions. We were absolutely stuffed…only managed to drink 2 beers! We casted our votes by 8pm and at 8:30 the winner was announced. We were so excited to see one of our votes win the title! Congrats to the Pour House in New Jersey! Their burger, The Second Coming, definitely deserved to come in First. Made with a Pat Lafrieda custom grind 100% dry-aged sirloin, gruyere cheese, overnight tomatoes, roasted garlic aioli and served on a Le Bus brioche roll, it was not too much fuss and just the right combination of flavors and juicy beef. As winners, the Pour House received their own spot at the Feastival event presented by Audi and an all-expense paid trip to the South Beach Food and Wine festival next year.
Most of the burgers we sampled were truly delicious, with maybe the exception of one (but we won’t mention any names.) Sometimes less is more, and some of the stand out burgers for us were the ones that simply had good beef and not too much other “stuff” overpowering it. We have to give some shot-outs to our other two favorites. The St. Lucifer Burger, from RailRoad Street Bar and Grill in Linfield PA, would have easily tied in for first place…in our opinion. Their 100% locally raised beef really won us over…and so did the funny man behind the booth. The perfect ending to our burger battle was the Donut Burger from PYT. Krispy Kreme glazed donuts for buns and some chocolate covered bacon? Bliss.
Check out some of the other participants and highlights:
- Chef Richard Blais: Break Out the Blowtorch (mancave.cbslocal.com)
- Amstel Light’s Battle Of The Burgers Declares The Best Burger In NYC (coed.com)