Best Burger in Philly: Choosing From Many Excellent Selections

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 barGood 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.


5 comments on “Best Burger in Philly: Choosing From Many Excellent Selections

  1. The Wookie says:

    Love the Good Dog Burger but how could they leave out the Shame Burger from the Wishing Well? Beef, Cheese, Scrapple, and a Fried Egg all on a Sarcones Roll … YUM!

  2. Lynn Keiner says:

    The best burger in Philly is at Vintage Bar and Grill on Old York Road in Abington. It is the best by far.

    • John E. says:

      I have actually heard about the quality of the burger at Vintage in Abington. I saw it once on a list of best burgers in the area but I have yet to venture out there and try it. On another note, I ate some Churchill Burger sliders the other day, and they are every bit as awesome as I remember from my first tast of them.

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