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Sketch Burgers

Before catching a lovely acoustic show at the North Star (which totally has food now, by the way) I finally got a chance to stop at Sketch for their burgers. I’m not necessarily a burger person. I enjoy them on occasion, but I don’t go out of my way to try all the burger places around this town. But sometimes, you just want one. Sketch is in fishtown and yes, there are literally sketches all over the place. It’s on the tables, it’s on the walls, it’s everywhere. And they give you paper and drawing implements so you can create a sketch of your own! In addition to burgers, they have other random hot and cold items, as well as many vegan baked goods. The night I was there, they even had mac and cheese and korean fried chicken as some of their specials. I told you it was random.
The hot, piping, thick cut fries. C ordered these and then ate like three of them. I tried one. They are ok, but a tad too thick for my tastes. They give you a chipotle dipping sauce. And they serve them in the cone, like they do in the belgian spots.
Here is C’s cyclops burger. It comes with cheese, bacon, and a fried egg. Word. He ate this up like it was his death row meal. You really can’t go wrong with bacon on your burger. And you certainly can’t go wrong with a fried egg on anything.
I just got a plain old burger with provolone cheese and fried onions. Look how gorgeous those onions are and how many there are! I was already happy before I even tried it! It also comes with shredded lettuce and two thick slices of a beautiful ripe tomato. You can get some sauces for your burger so I got some chipotle to try. It was fine, but I ended up just sticking with good ‘ol ketchup.
This is a very substantial burger. As you can see, there is plenty of meat and the bun is also thick, but not too thick. And when you put everything together, it ends up being very sizeable. It was so sizeable that I was only able to eat half of it that night. But I enjoyed it immensely. I like my burgers well done (I know, shame on me) and it was still incredibly juicy. Even though there’s a lot of bun, there’s not too much. The onions tasted even better than they looked. All in all, this is an enjoyable burger, some of the best burgers in all of Philadelphia. When I ate the other half the next day, even when it was cold, it was still delish.
Although I did not sketch, since C is an artist, he left this little beauty for future Sketch visitors to enjoy. Note to readers, he made me pretend to hold a burger while he sketched this. So those are supposed to be my hands. I hope my hands in real life are a bit more attractive.
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Resurrection Ale House

With some people in town for a wedding, a bunch of us met up at¬†Resurrection Ale House on Gray’s Ferry. It’s what you could call a gastropub. It’s smack dab in the middle of a residential area on Gray’s Ferry, across from Naval Square. There’s not much around it, but it’s not too far from Grace Tavern. The good thing is, finding parking is actually quite easy. They have a number of beers on draft, and many more bottled. And they have very reasonably priced food.

M ordered this Brooklyn Local 1, one of Brooklyn Brewery’s big bottle beers, and he absolutely loved it. He couldn’t stop talking about. And he ended up ordering another one. The shame is, he lives in CA, and he won’t be able to get this at home.

The soon-to-be groom ordered the twice fried chicken. I’m assuming that it is fried twice, which makes it doubly awesome, and is drizzled with spiced honey. Delicious! It is served with a¬†watermelon and basil salad, and let me tell you, this is an excellent way to serve watermelon! I need to figure out how to make this, stat!

C ordered a hamburger, with a tall challah bun (look how round it is!), swiss cheese, and pickled red onions. They are served with fries and curry dipping sauce. He gave it a thumbs up.

J got the pork carnitas. It comes with grilled pineapple, red onions, jalapenos, and a couple of corn tortillas so you can taco-ize everything.

I got an open face lamb meatball sandwich. The lamb balls were served on top of toasted bread with pesto, and topped with red sauce and cheese. This thing was tasty, but a little difficult to eat. You couldn’t pick it up and eat it as a sandwich, so you just had to fork and knife it. It also came with fries and the curry dipping sauce. I really liked these fries as they were thin and crispy and not greasy, and the curry dipping sauce was a super nice touch.

I really liked this place. It just felt nice. It was light and airy inside. It’s small, but nicely small, because too many people can’t be inside. The clientele was nice and mixed – young, old, hipster, hippie, yuppie, whatever. This is not a pretentious place at all. The service was fine, especially considering that we were probably a pain in the ass, and probably loud too. I can’t wait to go back there!
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Al Fresco At McMenamins Old St Francis School

Bend is home to another branch in the McMenamins dynasty. Their spot is called Old St. Francis School, because it actually used to be a catholic school. Now, it’s not only a pub and restaurant, but also a hotel and movie house. They truly run the gambit here. On a lovely evening, we dined outside. They have plenty of outdoor seating and have umbrellas so you don’t get scorched.

J went crazy and got a burger. It is a third-pound Country Natural Beef patty with fixins and a secret sauce on a regular bun. It’s a healthy sized burger. He also added a fried egg. It also comes with a side salad or fries. J was a big fan of this burger.

I went with the Smokehouse Pizza. I’m not regularly all that into pizza, but this is what I was drawn to that evening. It features slow-smoked pork, Hammerhead BBQ sauce (made with their own Hammerhead ale), and mozzarella and fontina cheeses. Oh my word, this was a lovely pizza. The crust was great too, not too thin, not too thick, with enough crunch from the wood fired stove. It was kind of like a pulled pork sandwich on a pizza, and I loved it. Service is just ok here, nothing to rave about. Something strange happened there during our dinner. At three separate tables, a glass of water was spilled. It was just bizarre. I mean it didn’t affect the meal at all, but it was worth mentioning, due to its randomness.
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