September 18, 2023 – As National Cheeseburger Day (Monday, September 18) quickly approaches, there is no better place to indulge in one of America’s favorite comfort foods than Philadelphia – a place where gastronomic innovations and culinary specialties intertwine with history. To celebrate, we’ve curated a list of locales offering mouthwatering creations that are sure to impress and delight burger aficionados of all kinds, including a myriad of restaurants on East Passyunk Avenue, in addition to Dock Street Brewing Company, Urban Farmer, The Twisted Tail, Patchwork, Xfinity Live!, Seaview Hotel, Stella of New Hope, Forsythia, Red Owl Tavern, Square 1682, Royal Boucherie, The Hayes, MilkBoy South Street and MilkBoy Chestnut Street.
East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID), home to more than 160 independently-owned shops and restaurants in South Philadelphia, is an ideal spot to stroll through while on the hunt for a great bite and a fantastic burger joint, including:
- River Twice: award-winning Mother Rucker ($23), beef layered with seasoned mayo, Cooper sharp, pickled onion, served on milk bun
- P’unk Burger: Goat Cheese & Bacon Jam ($15) beef, goat cheese, black peppercorn bacon jam, and caramelized onions & Mediterranean ($16) lamb burger with feta cheese, red onion, and tzatziki sauce
- Pub on Passyunk East (P.O.P.E.): P.O.P.E. Burger ($14.50) 8 oz black angus meat and fried green tomatoes, grilled red onion, aged cheddar, and basil mayo with fries
Dock Street Brewing Company, Philadelphia’s award-winning woman-owned and operated original craft brewery founded in 1985, serves up two burger choices at Dock Street South to perfectly pair with their award winning brews. The DS Double Smash Burger ($16) includes caramelized onions, American cheese, comeback sauce, and house made beer pickles in a brioche bun with potato chips. The Double Chickpea Burger ($16) made with caramelized onions in between two chickpea patties, topped with pickles and lettuce, on a vegan seeded bun. Vegan cheese is available for an extra price.
Hours of operation: Tuesday 11am – 9pm; Wednesday and Thursday 11am – 10pm; Friday 11am – 11pm; Saturday 10am – 11pm; Sunday 10am – 9pm
Forsythia, Chef Christopher Kearse’s contemporary and innovative French restaurant and bar in Old City, is dishing out some serious burgers with elevated and tangy twists. The off-menu Burger Royale ($18), available during brunch and dinner, offers the perfect bun to meat ratio, with two smash patties topped with onion jam, comté, house pickles, Chef Kearse’s home-made comeback sauce, and choice of adding a sunny-egg for the perfect savory addition. For a smaller bite, guests can get their hands on a Jr. Royale With Cheese ($12), available during Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 5pm – 7pm and Sundays from 5pm – 9pm.
Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday, 5pm – 10pm for dinner service, and Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am – 2pm for brunch service
MilkBoy, the iconic Philadelphia-born brand known for booze, bites, and music, has curated a variety of must-try burgers at both of its South Street and Chestnut Street locations. The fan-favorite Hangover Burger ($17) is available at both spots, and consists of a 5 oz beef patty, American cheese, fried onion, jalapeño, bacon, egg, and chipotle mayo, boasting with flavor and spice. The Wild Wild West ($17), offered at the South Street location, is made with a 6oz beef patty and topped with cheddar, chipotle BBQ, bacon, and fried onions is sure to excite taste buds, as well as the iconic MilkBoy Burger ($16), a 6oz beef patty served with tommy sauce, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and a seeded bun, with a choice of cheeses and additional toppings. All burgers can be paired with a side of sea salt fries. Folks can also take advantage of MilkBoy South Street’s Happy Hour cheeseburger and fries combo for $10, available every day from 5pm – 7pm.
Hours of operation at MilkBoy South Street: Sunday through Tuesday 11am – 12am; Wednesday through Saturday 11am – 1am Hours of operation at MilkBoy Chestnut Street: Monday through Friday 7am – 2am; Saturday & Sunday 11am – 2amMilkBoy South Street | 401 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 |
Patchwork, a lively restaurant and bar focused on New American cuisine nestled on the second floor of Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia, serves up the mouthwatering Patchwork Burger ($24) topped with Swiss cheese on a brioche bun with a generous helping of crispy French fries and house-made ketchup. Available during Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 4 – 6 pm, the Burger Beer Vibes offers the Patchwork Burger, domestic beer and a side of fries for $24.
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 6:30 – 10:30 am (breakfast); Sunday through Thursday 5 – 9 pm (dinner); Friday and Saturday 5 – 10 pm (dinner); Saturday and Sunday 7 am – 1 pm (brunch)
1620 Chancellor St | 215.985.1234 | www.patchworkphilly.com
Red Owl Tavern,the contemporary kitchen and bar located across from Independence Hall in Old City, features its “luxurious in lifestyle, yet humble in character” Boujee Ben Burger ($25), consisting of two juicy 4 oz patties topped with smoked bacon, raclette, arugula, “steakhouse” aioli and a choice of additional fresh avocado, served alongside fries, salad, or upgraded shabazi fries. Folks can also treat themselves to the Tavern Burger, made with two 4 oz patties and tomato, red onion, Cooper sharp, Bibb lettuce, and aioli, or take advantage of the BFD, a burger served with a side of fries and draft beer for just $22.
Hours of operation: Monday through Tuesday 8am – 9pm, Wednesday 8am – 3pm, Thursday and Friday 8am – 10pm, Saturday 9am – 10pm, Sunday 9am – 3pm
Royal Boucherie, the buzzing French-inspired lively neighborhood bistro in Old City, is no stranger to serving up one fan-favorite burger with its toppling Boucherie Burger ($22), stacked with Cooper sharp cheese, applewood smoked bacon, half sour pickles and a rich truffle sauce. This elevated, mouthwatering sandwich is served on the all-day menu, which includes weekday lunch (Wednesday – Friday), weekend brunch, and dinner service nightly. Guests can enjoy this decadent delight while taking in the restaurant’s historical charm and warm, inviting ambiance.
Hours of operation: Monday and Tuesday 4pm – 10pm; Wednesday and Thursday 11am – 10pm; Friday 11am – 11pm; Saturday 10am – 11pm; Sunday 10am – 9pm; Happy Hour is Monday through Friday 4pm – 6pm
The Hayes, a contemporary American tavern and gastropub in the heart of Midtown Village and a part of the acclaimed Townsend Wentz Restaurant Group (which also owns A Mano, Oloroso, and Townsend EPX), is a premier destination for casual and quality cuisine. The crowd-pleasing Hayes Burger ($18) is comprised of Cooper sharp cheese and hot pepper mayo for a tantalizing kick, with the option to add an egg or bacon to aid in the delightful combination of flavors and textures.
Hours of operation: Tuesday 4 – 10pm, Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday 12 – 10pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm – 12am
The Twisted Tail, the Southern-inspired restaurant, bar, and live Juke Joint on Headhouse Square known for its extensive array of brown spirits, is setting the bar for a classic southern BBQ burger. The Twisted Burger ($14) with bacon, blue cheese, and bourbon BBQ sauce, is available on Fridays as a #TGIF special and includes the burger, a beer, and a pour of bourbon for $15. The Twisted Burger is also available on Saturdays and Sundays during brunch service.
Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday 4 – 10pm; Friday 4pm – 12am; Saturday 11am – 12am; Sunday 10am – 10pm
Seaview Hotel, the New Jersey Shore’s quintessential seaside resort located just outside Atlantic City and an hour drive from Philadelphia, is a hot spot for weekend getaways for food and golf lovers alike. Executive Chef Rodolfo Correa focuses on using fresh, local ingredients in his dishes, not excluding The Resort Burger ($18), topped with lettuce, onion, tomato and cheddar on a brioche bun.
Hours of Operation: Monday through Sunday 7 am to 9 pm
401 South New York Rd, Galloway, NJ | 609.652.1800 | www.seaviewdolcehotel.com
Stella of New Hope, Bucks County’s modern American restaurant overlooking the Delaware River, offers the Stella Burger ($18), a double patty with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onion on a seeded roll with a side of fries during Friday lunch and weekend Brunch which can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio with panoramic views of the river.
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Thursday 4 – 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 4 – 10 pm, Sunday 4 – 9 pm; Friday 11 am – 2 pm; Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 2 pm
50 S. Main St, New Hope, PA | 267.740.2691 | www.stellanewhope.com
Square 1682, the modern American restaurant and award-winning bar located on 17th and Sansom Streets, offers guests a memorable dining experience with its modern design aesthetic and delicious culinary offerings to match. During weekend brunch, visitors can enjoy the Wagyu Burger ($20), a seared double patty with hickory bacon, lettuce, tomato and side of fries, or the Square Burger ($20) for lunch and dinner, topped with bacon onion jam, brie, and garlic aioli, and served with fries or an organic green salad.
Hours of operation: Breakfast Monday through Friday 7am – 11am; Brunch Saturday 8am – 3pm and Sunday 8am – 2pm; Lunch Monday through Thursday 11:30am – 2pm and Friday 11:30am – 3pm; Dinner Tuesday through Thursday 5 – 10pm and Friday & Saturday 5 – 11pm; Bar Sunday & Monday 9am – 2pm, Tuesday through Thursday 9am – 10pm, Friday & Saturday 9am – 12am
Urban Farmer, Logan Square’s rustic chic modern American steakhouse, is grilling the best burgers on the parkway. The Farm Burger ($22) is topped with white cheddar, tomato jam, aioli, served between a house-made english muffin. Additional toppings such as avocado ($3) and smoked bacon ($3.50) are available to add as well. The Farm Burger is available during lunch and brunch service. For those in the mood for a late afternoon/evening burger, Urban Farmer will satisfy that need with the Smash Burger ($9) made with house ground beef, aioli, cheddar, and brioche. The Smash Burger is available Tuesday through Friday 4 pm – 5 pm during happy hour.
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 8am – 9pm, and Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Xfinity Live!, the one-of-a-kind indoor-outdoor dining and entertainment super-venue located in the heart of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex, is the place to be to indulge in a cheeseburger while catching an Eagles game this season. Available in the NBC Sports Arena, guests can opt for the Classic Cheeseburger ($13) stacked with lettuce, tomato, onion, house-made pickles, garlic aioli and choice of American, cheddar, pepper jack, Swiss or blue cheese. To amp it up, the Beastmode Burger ($16) is a classic cheeseburger smothered in choice of plain cheese or black bean-beef chili cheese sauce.
1100 Pattison Ave | 267.534.4264 | www.xfinitylive.com
-Alana Shapiro, PR & Social Media Intern