I know my Mayfair hood isn’t exactly the center of Philly’s culinary universe, so I like to spread the word when there’s something to brag about, and boy, do I have something to brag about: the Burger Bar at Gallo’s.
That’s right, Gallo’s, the see-and-be-seen seafood spot for the Northeast’s silver-haired set, opened an adjoining restaurant that’s all about Philly’s “it” food: the burger. This bright, modern spot, complete with candy-apple red bar stools, exposed brick walls, an industrial ceiling and an under-construction patio, couldn’t look more different than its nautically themed sister restaurant. It’s clear that the Galloway family is looking to attract a younger crowd with this hip three-week-old endeavor—and attract them they will just as soon as word gets about the sleek look, spiked shakes, local beer selections, easy-on-the-wallet prices and those gloriously juicy burgers.
On my recent Burger Bar visit, we skipped the appetizers and headed straight for the main attraction: a burger with gruyere cheese, bacon and crispy onion strings for me and a double beef, double cheese, bacon and fried egg number known as the 5-Napkin special for my husband. Made with house-ground certified angus chuck, the burgers were juicy, melty, messy delights. And the heaping plates of garlic parmesan waffle fries and house-cut onion rings made for the perfect crispy accompaniment to our indulgent meal.
We’ll be back again soon, real soon, and next time I’m pretty sure we won’t be the only patrons getting our burgers on. Brace yourselves, Galloway family, because the crowds they are a comin’!
Curious about the menu? I’ve got it pasted after the jump.
8101 Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19152-3013
Menu Photo by Jason Guiliano