Guest review by Charles Schnur
Monday, August 22, 2011. 8:20 PM
There is little that can match the excitement in a Jewish community when a new kosher restaurant opens there. So much hype leads to such high expectations. You just want everything to be perfect. This, coupled with the Jewish propensity to complain, can lead to disappointment.
I decided to check out/support Burger.org earlier tonight, its (kosher) opening day, and I saw it pleasantly packed with a lot of Jews that I did not recognize as being part of the Center City crowd. The non-Jewish cashier (who was on the staff when the place, in its previous life, was merely organic but not kosher) said she had not seen a crowd like this before.
I kept it simple: a burger with sweet-potato fries. Unfortunately, the restaurant was out of its (non-dairy) ice cream, so no shake … but I settled for a banana-strawberry smoothie. The burger was excellent, although it is hard to screw up a burger on a grill.
However, it’s the little things that truly make (or break) a place:
Like the two kids blowing into their Ride the Ducks horns… incessantly.
And the Grace After Meals booklets that were only available in Sephardic version. (This can be a positive or negative – I leave that for you.)
The option of something besides regular fries is a nice touch (they also have a spicy option). Additionally, the choice of sauces – barbeque, chipotle, and thousand island — gives you further opportunity for customization beyond ketchup and mustard.
Having had my fill of organic iced tea at Chicken.org, I wanted something different. The smoothie was good, but it was disappointingly small for the $4.99 cost.
There are plenty of other menu options for our vegetarian/fish-eating friends, as well as enough variety for omnivores to keep them coming back. The turkey and lamb burger options seem especially enticing, as does the El Mariachi Burger. And I still want my chocolate shake.
If you go in with reasonable expectations you will be pleasantly … happy. This is not Max and David’s/Shabbat gourmet fare. This is also not McDonald’s. It’s an excellent option for a quick bite, something that was sorely lacking for the Center City Jewish community.
With first Chicken.org and now Burger.Org open less than two blocks from my home, it appears I never have to cook again.
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Charles Schnur is a single Jewish guy looking for a nice, good Jewish girl to take to kosher restaurants.