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Fathom Seafood

I had another chance for outdoor dining when we stopped by Fathom Seafood. They have some picnic tables outside, and we were lucky to snag the last one. We ended up letting a german couple share our table and we had an interesting discussion about Frankford Hall around the corner. Plus, they had an adorable puppy. I’m a big fan of Fish, and I plan on getting to Little Fish as soon as humanly possible, so I was happy to check out their latest and casual spot.
K’s fish and chips special. A few hunks of fried fish, some hush puppies, and fries. What’s not to like? The fish was hot and the batter light and flaky and I thoroughly enjoyed the fries. This wasn’t overly greasy.

I went with the lobster grilled cheese on sourdough with fontina cheese, green tomato, and truffle oil. It’s served with what seems to be homemade chips and cole slaw. Now this, this was a bit too much for me. It was way too rich for my weenie palate and it was also a bit too greasy for me. I liked it enough, especially the green tomato, which were a nice touch, but it was just too much. And the chips were greasy too which just added to the too muchness of the sandwich. But we had a lovely time here and the outdoor dining was perfect for this evening. Service was great!
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Village Whiskey Burger

The last time we tried to go to Village Whiskey to get a burger, there was a ridiculous wait. And I hate waiting for food. This time, we somehow lucked out with one of the counters in the back, even though we only got one chair. It was the last non-table space and we snagged it! So who the hell cares if one of us had to stand? So I guess this place is mostly for boozing, but as far as food goes, everyone raves about the burgers, so that’s what we got.
I got the village burger with caramelized onions, done medium well. It comes on a good sized sesame roll with tomato, boston bibb lettuce, and a house-made thousand island dressing. I was a bit wary of the dressing so I asked for it on the side. Once I tasted it, I really liked it, so onto the burger it went! So the patty is pretty thick and mine was cooked the way I like it, not at all bloody. And the caramelized onions were plentiful and also delicious. In all, this was a good burger! The meat wasn’t chewy and it just melted. J got his burger medium so it was pretty bloody on the inside. Seeing as how thick the patty is, it seems pretty easy to keep it bloody. He thinks it doesn’t have to be such a thick patty. And he dug the thousand island sauce as well.

Oh, it also comes with a pickle. So people rave about the duck fat fries too, so we split a share of those. These fries are not plentiful at all. In fact, we think they line that silver cup thing with paper so that they can put even less fries in there than they can actually fit. They were good, but nothing amazing or life-changing. And we got the sly fox cheddar cheese sauce. It was melted cheese. There wasn’t anything sly foxy about it. It just tasted like a mild melted cheese. Don’t get me wrong, it was a tasty mild melted cheese, but is it really worth it? Meh. Overall, I enjoyed my burger a lot, but do I think it’s the best burger in all of philadelphia? I don’t quite think so. But that’s just me!
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Burgers At 500 Degrees – Case Of The Mixed Up Patties

After randomly walking into the Kimmel Center and realizing that Philadelphia Orchestra power hour tickets were on sale, we picked some up and then set out to find something to eat, quick. Um… so… around the Kimmel Center, I never really know where to eat. The hostess at Monk’s was a haughty hipster snot who couldn’t be bothered that we wanted to get a table. The Good Dog was filled with Phillies phans so that didn’t seem to be a viable option either. So we ended up walking around and ending up at 500 Degrees. It’s a burger joint! Well technically, they also serve shakes. But otherwise, it’s burgers and fries. So I ordered a cheeseburger with fried onions and sweet potato fries. These are fairly hefty burgers on a thick brioche bun. Also, the newly offered sweet potato fries are awesome. Seriously, I would say these are some of the best sweet potato fries to be found in all of Philadelphia. No foolin. They’re kind of rectangular. And they also carry this delicious cherry soda on the fountain. I drank a lot of it. But my burger was too raw for me. That’s not what I’d asked for.
Here’s where the case of the mixed up patties comes in. This is the burger with the truffle fries that was supposed to be cooked medium. The truffle fries were also pretty awesome, by the way. They are skinny shoestring type fries. But the burger was well done, with no pink in sight. And my burger, which was supposed to be done medium-well, was done almost medium, and it was very red. So yeah, not only did they mix up who wanted what, they further messed up medium-well to well. So halfway through being finished with the burgers, after I realized that I could no longer eat bloody burger, we switched patties. And then we were much happier. But not as happy as if they’d just come out correctly. Other than that litte (or not-so-little) snafu, the food itself was really good. Oh, J got a shake too, and he really liked it.

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