Published Monday, August 22, 2011, 12:50 PM
Earlier today, Burger.org re-opened for business at 326 South Street (between 3rd and 4th Streets). The restaurant had been closed to complete renovations to make it glatt kosher. The restaurant, which opened earlier this year, serves organic meat, as it did before the renovations.
Burger.org is owned by Israelis Eyal Aranya and Yoni Nadav. Last week, the two opened kosher and organic Chicken.org at 534 South 4th Street.
Burger.org is certified by Community Kashrus of Greater Philadelphia, with supervision by Rabbi Dov A. Brisman of Elkins Park.
The hours for Chicken.org are 11 AM-10 PM Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 AM-4 PM (late spring/summer/early fall) or 10 AM-2 PM (late fall/winter/early spring) on Fridays. The restaurant offers catering. The phone number is 267-639-3425, and the fax number is 267-639-3429.
As for the menu, it is relatively extensive, more so than that of Chicken.org:
The types of “classic burgers” offered, each for $6.99, are: beef (grass-fed), turkey (free-range), chicken (free-range), lamb, fish (wild catch) and veggie (homemade; with spinach, corn, carrots, peas and cucumber slices on top).
Burger.org also offers a combination of three mini-burgers (of the aforementioned varieties) for $9.99. For 12-and-under customers, a $4.99 combination is available, which includes any three kinds of burgers, as well as fries and juice.
All burgers come with grilled onions, lettuce, tomato and pickle. A choice of bun or lettuce-wrapped is offered. The choices for sauce are Thousand Island, BBQ and chipotle.
Two types of special burgers are available for $7.99: the El Mariachi Burger (pico de gallo, guacamole, raw onion, tomato, lettuce and chipotle sauce on any patty) and Very Veggie Burger (grilled zucchini, mushrooms and eggplant on any patty).
Burger additions include, for $0.75 each, guacamole, mushrooms and jalapeno peppers, and, for $1.00 each, fried-egg and over-easy egg.
Burger.org offers an all-day veggie breakfast for $5.99. The breakfast includes eggs, mushroom and spinach with pico de gallo sauce.
As for sandwiches, the varieties offered, for $7.99 each, are steak, chicken steak, mixed grill, tuna salad, cold cuts/sliced meat and smoked salmon (with boiled egg, lettuce, tomato, raw onion and capers). Each sandwich comes on a french baguette with grilled onions, lettuce, tomato and pickles.
Three variety of fries are available for $2.99: plain, spicy and sweet potato. (Fries are cooked with 100% vegetable oil, with no trans fats).
Considering the restaurant’s Israeli ownership, it is not much of a surprise that classic hummus is offered, for $4.99. (A patty can be added for another $2.49.)
A variety of “bowls,” as well as cold and hot beverages, are offered.
As was the case with a similar situation with Chicken.org, Philadelphia Jewish Culture Examiner was disappointed to discover that beef liver is not on the menu.
Philadelphia Jewish Culture Examiner welcomes reviews and guest commentary on the reopened Burger.org,
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Philadelphia Jewish Culture Examiner, Adam Taxin, once competed, in an attempt to qualify for Wing Bowl 16, against a 160-pound Newfoundland dog in eating three pounds worth of ground (kosher) hamburger meat.