On its online site, Philadelphia Magazine is currently hosting a bracket for people to vote on the Best of Philly Burger. In addition to helping decide the award-winning burger for the magazine’s annual Best of Philly issue, voters also have an opportunity to receive an invite to the exclusive Best of Philly party.
Just as it is with the NCAA Basketball tournament, any time you have a limited number of spaces in the bracket, you’ll always have potential competitors feeling left out and others feeling slighted by “seedings.” For this bracket, with only eight contenders, there’s definitely some “controversy” (as much controversy as there could be for a made-up competition) regarding who’s in it and who’s matched up together. There’s presumptive top seed Village Whiskey going up against the Piazza at Schmidts’ PYT. Nationally-acclaimed Rouge faces off against local favorite Royal Tavern. Stephen Starr’s Butcher & Singer matches up with neighborhood tavern Standard Tap. Finally, gastropub Pub & Kitchen meets up with “dive bar” Good Dog.
A good burger is much easier to found than good, high quality pizza. Philadelphia features much more than eight top notch burgers, so narrowing down the list leaves off many other worth notables. For my money, Grace Tavern and Varga also deserve consideration as having the best in the city. The existing list of eight is pretty good (I’ve had all but the PYT burgers) and is a testament to the wide selection of burgers in the city. My final four consists of Village Whiskey, Rouge, Butcher & Singer and Pub & Kitchen, but I would not be surprised if Good Dog make a deep run.