LaBan on burgers

Today the Inquirer food section printed an article by Craig LaBan that was six months in the making. It isn’t a behind-the-scenes expose on kitchen cleanliness or mob connections in area restaurants. It the final reporting on his exhaustive search to find the best burger in the Philadelphia region. Along with some of the expected winners (Rouge and the Good Dog’s bleu cheese stuffed patty) he discovers that the Snow White at 19th and Chestnut also serves up an amazing burger. I live mere yards from there and am slightly ashamed to admit that I’ve never stepped foot into the place, a situation I will soon remedy.

The highlight of the story is a component you can only fully appreciate on philly.com. It’s LaBan’s lovesong to Philly cheeseburgers and features him singing his heart out in a more than passable voice about the many burgers he has known. The camera-person was careful to keep his features obscured in order to protect LaBan’s identity, so that area restaurants will continue to be oblivious when he walks into their establishments. I thought the video was pretty funny, although towards the end, the number of close-ups they used of people about to bite into hamburgers started to turn my stomach just a little. No matter what angle you get on it, the jaw-stretching that’s required to wrap your mouth around some of those buns will just never be attractive.

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