Sunday, May 2, 2010

Bobby's Burger Palace

J and I headed to an area of the city called University City. It's west of center city and is home to Drexel University and University of Penn. J was craving a good burger and we remembered that Bobby Flay recently opened up a new burger joint called Bobby's Burger Palace in University City so we decided to head there.

Once we got there we saw the loooong line. But we were actually going to see a movie and had time to kill, so we jumped in line. The line wasn't too bad and we made it to the front in about 35 minutes. I don't think I've ever waited in line that long for a burger.

I don't eat red meat or pork and I was a vegetarian for about 8 years, so I was happy to see that they had the option of a turkey burger or grilled chicken instead of traditional ground beef. They also had salads, but I thought it would be a sin to order a salad at a burger place.

I was quite impressed with the menu. Not only do they have a wide selection of burgers, they have onion rings, sweet potato fries, milkshakes and inexpensive drinks. $4.50 for a frozen pear margarita! I resisted temptation though and just stuck with food.

I had a hard time deciding between the LA Burger and Napa Valley Burger. The LA burger had avocado and the Napa Valley Burger had fresh goat cheese, so it was a hard decision. I love cheese so the Napa Valley Burger won me over. J was excited to see that they have a crunch burger which is a traditional burger, with potato chips on it. He ordered that right away.

You place your order at the cash register, then you get a number and pick a table. The prices were reasonable and the service was great. The decor was funky and bright, which made me happy.

After we placed our order we only had to wait about 10 minutes for our food to arrive. I was very happy with my Napa Valley burger, which I ordered with chicken instead of a turkey burger.  I think it had a little too much goat cheese, but I just wiped some off and proceeded to eat the whole thing. The onion rings were huge and delicious. I would definitely get them again. J liked his burger a lot. I don't think it was the best burger he's ever had, but he said he would definitely come back.

I would definitely return to try a different "burger." I'm not sure if I'd wait over 30 minutes for it again, but the food was good and the prices were right. I definitely want to try one of their milk shakes and the sweet potatoe fries if we go back in the future.