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Peanut butter and pickle burger, Stack’d Burgers & Beer, Shady Side, Pittsburgh

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Stacked Burgers & Beer, December 2012

It all began with a New York Times review about the glories of peanut butter and pickle sandwiches. Calling a “pb & p” the combination that “shouldn’t work” but does, this article lauds the “vinegary snap of chilled pickle” that “cuts, like a dash of irony, against the stoic unctuousness of peanut butter.”

Of course, said one of my roommates, a former chef, when I asked him his opinion on this food item. Pickles are sweet, just like jelly. Why not?

Then it continued with the cult trend of peanut butter and hamburgers, a combination that I noted for the first time at 551 West in Lancaster, PA, a restaurant that serves a burger of peanut butter and jalapenos. “I refused to ruin a perfectly-good burger with peanut butter,” I told my roommate, but he responded that beef and peanut butter make sense together, like peanuts sautéed in beef pad thai.

Dash of irony indeed.

I caved on both accounts — peanut butter and pickles, peanut butter and burgers — at Stack’d Burgers & Beer in Shady Side, Pittsburgh, where you can build your own burger with a seemingly endless combination of condiments and toppings, including (but not limited to) Fritos, Thai chili sauce, pesto aioli, and chili. My roommate had a point: my burger with creamy peanut butter and bread-and-butter pickles was moist and meaty — the nutty saltiness of the peanut butter made the beef more savory, while the peanut butter’s sweetness blended with the sugary pickles. The vinegar cut through the whole mess in the same way a good mustard or ketchup does.

My only complaint would be that I would have preferred the peanut butter to be spread on thin, like mayonnaise, so that the flavor complimented the meat instead of rivaling it, but I apparently didn’t mind too much — I ate the whole thing, licked my fingers, and still dove into the heap of tator tots that the Pittsburgh City Paper calls “as good as, or better, than those you remember from your childhood.”

Next up to try: a peanut butter burger with grilled pineapple.

Stack’ed Burgers & Beer
728 Copeland St., Shadyside
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 682-3354

Sunday-Wednesday, 4pm-12am
Thursday-Saturday, 11am-1am

551 West Restaurant
551 W. King Street
Lancaster, PA
(717) 208-3658

Friday Photo: The Jackson House Burger Nazi

A respect for quality: I like that, especially at this lunchhour shop that proclaims its food is “better than Philly’s”: 1/2 pound hamburgers, cheeseburgers, cheese steaks, sandwiches, and salads.  Situated in a classic soda-style shop on Sixth Street in Harrisburg, this place is strict with its rules — cash only and patience are just a few — but they deliver, every time.  Just look at the narrow window of their opening hours, then drive past once to see how packed it is.  Then you’ll realize what this sign indicates — a quality burger that can help a restaurant defy business sense is definitely worth waiting for.

The Jackson House
1004 Sixth Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
(717) 238-2730

Monday-Friday, 10:30am-2pm

Friday Photo: $26 Hamburger

Village Whiskey, Philadelphia, September 2011

So this isn’t the $26 burger (served with maple bourbon glazed cipollini, rouge bleu cheese, applewood bacon, and foie gras), but I did eat this light, airy, beefy burger, available with an egg on top, from the same restaurant–the Village Whiskey in Philadelphia.  Also try the pickled herbed cherry tomatoes served on black olive tapenade, whipped ricotta, and toasted sourdough.

Drool on.

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