Friday, July 4, 2014

Square Burger Review

This is for a series of posts for Stephen Starr restaurants including:
Alma de Cuba, Barclay Prime, Butcher and Singer, Continental Midtown & Martini Bar, The Dandelion, El Rey, El Vez, Jones, Parc, Pizzeria Stella, Route 6 [1], Route 6 [2], & Square Burger.

Happy 4th everyone! And in the spirit of Independence Day, what better way to celebrate than by indulging in some good ol' American staples. In the heart of Franklin Square, Stephen Starr caters to those craving an all-American menu - burgers, hotdogs, and fries. Despite being a corporate juggernaut, SquareBurger highlights the fact that Starr knows how to please pedestrian palates as well. Not necessarily a bad thing when it's done right, and at affordable prices to boot!

On a recent weekend afternoon, the GF and I set out for Franklin Square. We got in line, which was already packed with parents bringing their kids out for some minigolf, a ride on the Merry Go 'Round, and of course, some burgers and fries. 

SquareBurger [$4.75 x2]
American cheese, pickle, onion, ketchup, mustard

As they should be, these burgers are grilled on the flattop, creating a nice, salty crust, with a juicy interior. The potato rolls were nice and pliant, housing a melange of cheese, pickle, onions, and the requisite condiments. Nothing fancy, but a great bite nonetheless. Interested in a double SquareBurger? It's $2 more.

The Philly Dog [$4]
All beef hot dog wrapped in salami, onion, cherry peppers, plum tomatoes, mustard

The Philly Dog was a nice twist on the typical hotdog. Wrapped in thin salami, the all-beef hotdog still had great snap, with an extra salty emphasis from the salami. The vinegary cherry peppers offered a countervailing acidity to each bite - somewhat reminiscent of a Shake Shack's SmokeStack.

Crinkle Cut Fries [$2.50]

The crinkle-cut fries are done right. Crispy and salty on the outside, and creamy within. Now that Shake Shack is done with the crinkle-cut variety, SquareBurger may be the place in Philly to get your crinkle-cut fix.

SquareBurger offers American tastes in the heart of Philadelphia, without any unnecessary frills or price gouging. Now that summer is here - what better way to spend your weekend afternoons? 

Square Burger on Urbanspoon 

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