The Sandwich Board Sign at Royal Tavern: A Self-fulfilling Prophesy?
A respectable if not mind-blowingly original pick from the Food Network.
Naming a city's best burger is obviously very subjective, but there's a well-established consensus that the Royal Tavern burger has been at least one of the city's best for some time now.
Both Unbreaded and A Hamburger Today were there for the burger recently, actually within days of each other, but had significantly different opinions.
Food Network's take:
Philly's famous cheesesteaks joints are only blocks away, but many beef-lovers flock to this laid back bar instead. Regulars have nicknamed the addictive burger "the royal." The thick patty comes on a brioche bun with caramelized onions, bacon, gouda, chili mayonnaise, and pickled hot peppers.There's no question it's a solid burger. It's simply not our favorite on account of the gouda and the long hots. (Also, for the record, never been huge fans of the malt vinegar mayo that accompanies the fries.)
50 STATES, 50 BURGERS - Food Network Magazine hit the road to find one burger you absolutely have to try in every state [ Food Network via Grub Street ]
Royal Tavern Sandwiches Are Fit For A King (or Queen) [ Unbreaded ]
Burger at Royal Tavern in Philadelphia [ A Hamburger Today ]
[ Photo via A Hamburger Today ]