My favorite - yes my actual favorite - burger in the city lies at Smokin' Betty's - a casual, yet sleek restaurant that totally has the ability to transform itself into a relaxed lounge or an upscale, but unpretentious bar.
Better yet, Smokin' Betty's has a wide variety of BBQ-driven options available on their menu, along with affordable prices.
Roasted Turkey Platter [$14]
Carved turkey breast, southern style gravy, classic stuffing, whipped sweet potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce
But before we get to my favorite burger in Philly, let's start with something apropos for this time of year. The GF went with the turkey platter, in anticipation of what was to come in a few weeks. The carved turkey was moist and juicy with a light smattering of gravy atop. The stuffing was rich, hefty, and nicely contrasted with the tart whole cranberries. The whipped sweet potatoes were creamy, light, and actually emanated a sweet potato / pumpkin pie with the additional spice - nice.
Betty Burger [$12.95]
1/2 pound sirloin, confit pork belly, avocado, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, roasted garlic aioli, runny sunny side up egg
But let's move on to the masterpiece - the piece de resistance if you will. I stumbled upon this Betty Burger within a few months after moving to Philly and I haven't looked back since. I've had this delicious burger close to a dozen times now and I can't recall a time when I didn't enjoy it. And that price! For what's on it - it certainly can't be beat.
Requested medium rare- that's exactly how it came. The light brioche bun housed a rich, well-seasoned burger with a nice outer crust. The pork belly confit is fabulous - it should totally be shredded and put on top of fries to make a nice pork belly poutine. The mayo, airy guac, and the fried egg act to create a perfect melange of umami flavors that put this burger over the top. The fries that accompany this gut bomb are crisp and well-seasoned. Heaven.
So be sure to head a few blocks off of Restaurant Row and order the namesake burger at Smokin' Betty's. It doesn't hurt to get a few of the sides as well - many of which are less than $5! When the food is great and the drinks are flowing, you're pretty much guaranteed to have a great time.