The wife and I went to the Bobby’s Burger Palace yesterday on our way out of the city (3925 Walnut Street, Philadelphia) and it was our 2nd visit. The first time we went, it was within a month of the opening and the place was packed. The food was good then, but nothing to write home (or blog) about. This time, however, it was less busy and the burger was, dare I say…great! The restaurant is less palace, more of a high-ceiling communal, dining spot. Anyway, the burger was perfectly medium on a fresh roll and not overly meaty, but not tasteless either. It was well balanced and with real american cheese and ketchup, I was very satisfied. We treated ourselves to the sweet potato fries which were clearly homemade recently that were served with a honey mustard horseradish dipping sauce. As Bobby Flay is known for his sauces, there are a few others to choose from as well and I liked the chipotle ketchup with the fries; the spicy – sweet combination was enjoyable. I stayed basic with my burger selection, call me a traditionalist, but if you’re adventurous, they have many to tempt you.
I picked up this Zin and thought it sounded interesting. It’s a smaller case production from Cline (3500 or so) and I’ve had success with their Zins in the past. This is a little pricier than their others – it was $22 in Pennsylvania (not a chairman’s selection), so likely a $18 somewhere else. I think the Raisinets reference is perfect here as this smelled like a recently opened pack of raisins with the finish of chocolate. It wasn’t a spicy or complex Zin and to be honest, I prefer the Cline Old Vine Zin to this any day. This was closer to a dessert wine and if it had been a bit more concentrated, I think it would fit that bill nicely.