You know, sometimes I really do go out of my way and brave great danger in order to bring you the best in sandwiches.
That’s right, while it hasn’t warmed up too much here in LA yet (as I say that, we’re expecting temps over 105 this weekend), the East Coast has already begun its embrace of the Summer. And it is amazing how much more noticeable humidity is now that I don’t deal with it all that often.
While visiting Philadelphia last week, I wanted to take a break from the summer heat and cool off with a good beer and a burger for lunch.
Small Town, Big Beers
Located just a short trip north of the Philly border, the Borough Pub is located along a main drag in this quiet little town. The beer list is impressive, featuring a fantastic group of craft breweries, and some that are hard to find at other craft-centric bars.
I started with the excellent and mildly hopped Mosaic Promise, a single hop, single malt beer. These SMaSH beers are made to highlight the full range of a particular hop’s contribution to the beer from bitterness to flavor, to aroma and it’s a pretty hot style right now in craft beer.
I then moved over to Lancaster Brewing’s Double Chocolate Milk Stout. The win between the two beers definitely goes to Mosaic Promise, and I’d highly suggest drinking this pale ale during the hot summer months to come.
Turning my attention to the sandwiches on the menu, I must admit I was at quite a loss. A steak sandwich? A Reuben? A Prime Rib Sandwich? How about I just dive on in to the Big Easy Burger?
And so it was.
Nothing Easy About This Decision
I had the thick beef patty cooked medium rare for extra juiciness and flavor. The patty came topped with crispy Cajun bacon, melted Provolone cheese, crispy fried onions, and spicy mayo all between two delicious slices of a Brioche bun.
Side note: though I’m sure this isn’t the first time I’ve stated this on the blog before, I cannot get behind a burger that is cooked more than medium. Even medium is pushing it sometimes. You don’t have to eat a burger every single day, nor should you at medium rare, but if you’re in the right place, give it a shot. It will seriously change the way you enjoy burgers. /rant
For such a fully stuffed sandwich, the crispy fried onions went a long way in providing great flavors as well as a textural change to the sandwich. The spicy mayo and the deliciously cooked bacon kicked up the sandwich even more.
And that Brioche bun? Good lord I love a Brioche bun. Fluffy, soft, and buttery, this was the perfect choice for delivery mechanism.
I mean seriously, when isn’t Brioche a good option?
Well, maybe when you can have sourdough I guess, BUT I DIGRESS!
All in all, the Borough Pub was an enjoyable experience with an excellent selection of beer that could take a few afternoons to get through, and an amazing selection of sandwiches, which means every time you visit you can try something new.
I know I will.
Until next time, Readers…
The Big Easy Burger
1800 Farragut Ave.
Bristol, PA 19007
Side Note: No trip to Philadelphia would be complete without a little homebrewing, and so my brother and I whipped together a batch of dark saison that’ll ferment and age, being ready to drink around Christmas.
Homebrewing also means a little home-drinking. And so here’s a little photo of Dogfish Head’s Higher Math along with my favorite piece of attire: My Cheesesteak hat.
So, on the topic, should I do a little Homebrewing special for one of my Friday Brewdays?