There are some food combinations that go together as well as a pair of lovers in a sappy country song. Tomatoes and bleu cheese, chocolate and red wine … and burgers and fries. Greasy, filling and always comforting, this dynamic duo is simple to prepare but an art to perfect. Next time your lunch craving sets you on the streets in search of sustenance, head to one of these top restaurants for the best burger and fries in the city.
1 Village Whiskey
One of Jose Garces' latest ventures, this tiny, corner, pub-style place quickly won over diners with the Village Burger. Perhaps Philadelphians love it so much because each one is personalized with your choice of nine gourmet toppings, including fried egg and crab salad. Those looking for the ultimate in burger decadence can try the Whiskey King, the Village Burger's older, larger, more refined brother: 8 ounces of burger, maple and bourbon glazed cipollinis, Rouge bleu cheese, applewood bacon and a slap of foie gras. The duck fat fries have just enough flavor and crispiness, and are served in a darling julep cup. Wash the meal down with one of the bar's 80 whiskeys or a signature cocktail.
118 South 18th St.
Rouge hits the city's "best" lists every year, be it for it's celebrity clientele, prime park-side location or the buzz that started it all, its burger. The Rouge Burger is, first of all, huge. There's no French restraint here. Topped with caramelized onions and gooey Gruyere, wedged within a toasted Challah roll, Chef Michael Levin's creation was one of the first gourmet burgers to win over this city of cheesesteak fans. Served up with a proper order of pomme frites, this burger is well done.
205 South 18th St.
3 Good Dog
Good Dog has masqueraded under the title of "dive bar," but its loyal patrons know the kitchen here is pretty elevated. Case in point: the signature Good Dog Burger. This little powerhouse is not topped with cheese, but packed full of Roquefort, allowing easy dripping bite to be a perfect lend of meat and cheese. Add in a side of their signature hand-cut fries -- a basket mixed with both classic and sweet potato shoestrings -- and a pint from one of the 10 quality brews on draft and you have a meal that is more than just "good."
224 South 15th St.
4 Le Bar Lyonnais
Philadelphia landmark Le Bec-Fin's underground lair of a lounge serves up French food without pretension. Check out the Redux Burger, a perfectly cooked mound topped with caramelized onion purée and a cherry tomato confiture and served with fresh-from-the-fryer pomme frites. When you are looking for classy surroundings but comfort food, head here. But don't forget, Chef Georges Perrier will be closing the restaurant next spring to focus on new ventures.
1523 Walnut St.
5 The Standard Tap
Philadelphia has its fair share of good gastro pubs, so its no surprise it those pubs have their fair share of great burgers. The Standard Burger at this Northern Liberties watering hole is a city favorite thanks to its all natural ground beef, sauteed mushrooms and grilled onions. Or check out the Rib Eye Burger for a different blend and the zest of crumbly bleu cheese. Crispy, skinny fries and cold beer make this all American meal easy perfection.
Second and Poplar streets