Friday, September 24, 2010

Chick-PBR.


Because I'm on chickpea alert this week, I thought I'd mention a couple of new chickpea-style contenders in Philadelphia's veggie burger game.

First - for this week only, PYT is featuring a Veggie Burger of the Week, and it's a falafel burger, or as it's being titled: The Chk Chk Chk (!!!) burger. It pains me to group together that many exclamatory symbols, but that's the band the burger is named after. You can order one now through September 26. Order one and you can snag a ticket to the Chk Chk Chk show on October 2nd at the Electric Factory for $10.

That big hunk of chickpea patty up there is from Philadelphia Bar and Restaurant. This is a new pub located in Old City across from Franklin Fountain, and during opening week, they had a nice crowd and a very long bar with an open restaurant space. I immediately felt at ease when I saw the Flyers playing a pre-season game on several TVs within my view.

When I called to find out about the burger, I was told that it was vegan without the cheese. So I ordered mine without the gouda, because a truly impressive veggie patty doesn't need a dairy jacket.

Well, that brioche onion bun appears to be under the influence of some egg wash, so be sure to ask  or request a different bun if you are vegan.

Bar food. Delicious, but salty. This was a burger the size of my head and I had to uncross my legs and lean forward to eat it. I'm serious. I thought I was starving before I sat down (brisk walk to Old City, 75 mins of yoga, weight training in the morning) and thought I could look this thing in the eye and take it.

The big hunk of heirloom tomato was a juicy winning condiment, and there was an aioli smeared on the bun, which gave it plenty of flavor. The chickpea patty wasn't mushy and had a firm, hearty texture.  I would actually add some lettuce to this burger, to give it something crisp and more color. I got a few of the fried shallots, but I wanted more.  Bar food isn't my first choice, but if I have to, this is the way to go.

The small, compact menu also has a Panzanella Salad, Pickled Veggies, and Crispy Eggplant Fries.

Philadelphia Bar and Restaurant (PBR)
120 Market Street

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