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500 Degrees (Five Hundred Degrees)
Posted by Michael on 11/21/2014
Maybe I caught them at the perfect moment, but the "Sunny Side" burger at 500 degrees was the best I've had to date (which includes having burgers at all note worthy Rittenhouse burger establishments, and tons of the competing restaurants in this year's Philadelphia magazine burger competition). Every element was executed perfectly; from the thick chewy bacon, to the astoundingly well prepared sunny side up egg and layer of potatoe crisp garnished between heavenly layers of molten cheese and fatty, flavorful beef. Service was a bit sluggish even with the small crowd present while I was there, so it's not hard to imagine quality taking a hit in rush periods. But when all the stars are lined up, this place produces nothing short of fine burger art.
Posted by Dan on 08/05/2011
Burger was so-so but not worth the money. The cheese was still cold. Could not get orders out in order. People who ordered burgers after me had their order before me and mine was ordered medium.
Posted by Shannon on 06/30/2011
First, the good: they offer a vegetarian sandwich that, on a good day, is very tasty. They also have truffle fries-- TRUFFLE FRIES!--and locally brewed sodas. I placed my order to go and when I got home, my sandwich was neatly wrapped and not at all smushed and the fries were all still in their little pouch. Now for the bad: even though the cost of the Philafel sandwich by itself is the same as most of the burgers, they don't offer it as a combo. I hate to break it to you, management at 500°, but vegetarians (and people who just feel like eating falafel that day) might also want some fries and a shake with their tasty sandwich. So why would you penalize them for eating a sandwich that's significantly cheaper to make than a real burger would be? My chickpea patty with lettuce, tomato, a few slices of cucumber, and a dollop of flavorless, mayonnaise-based sauce, soggy fries with a barely detectable trace of truffle flavoring (I know it's expensive but come on now. Truffles have a strong, distinctive flavor that comparatively mild potatoes carry very well and I only noticed it on a few piecesin the whole order.), and soda came out to just under $14. Seriously. I could've made the same thing myself for a quarter of what that cost without the attitude from the guy behind the counter or the grumpiness of the guy making my food (which may have had something to do with the bad attitude being directed at him from counter guy, who was about as pleasant to him as he was to me). I won't go back. If I want falafel and fries, I'll go to Maoz. If I want a decent quick burger, Five Guys beats 500° by a mile. Their fries are amazing and the staff is friendly and doesn't make customers wait to order until they've finished their personal conversations. I most definitely DID NOT get what I paid for at this establishment.
Posted by anonymous on 04/02/2011
Was expecting alot more out of this place, but wound up with a bad taste in my mouth. Good fries...good cookies...creepy patrons.
Posted by Jsorel on 03/12/2011
Best burger under $10 ever
Posted by Dale on 12/17/2010
Eating one is 10 minutes of cheeseburger heaven.
Posted by Daniela M. on 08/09/2010
Had the Classic with American Cheese and Fried Onions and was pleasantly surprised. The burger was tender and nicely spiced. They get extra points for putting it on a brioche style roll, not some crappy hamburger bun. I ordered the burger medium well, and it turned out to be well done, so they lose points there. Still at $6, it's a good quick burger. I've been on a quest to find the best burger in the city...from Le Bec Fin to Pub and Kitchen...Valanni's burger still beats everyone else's hands down.