Friday, September 4, 2015

Cheeseburger Paradise - Lucky's Last Chance: Philadelphia, PA

When you can get the tots, always get tots
Photo Credit: TH
What: Lucky's Last Chance
Where: 4421 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA
Website: luckyslastchance.com
Order: Bacon Egg and Cheese Burger, Classic Tots

Philadelphia is a sandwich town, but the sandwiches its most known for are the cheesesteak and the roast pork sandwich. Both are noble creations, don't get me wrong. However, Philly can definitely stake a claim as an A+ burger town as well. Whether it's the proliferation of mid-level chain places like Bobby Flay's Burger Palace and Shake Shack or the various mom 'n pop joints that dot the landscape, one can do no wrong getting a burger in and around the City of Brotherly Love. Main Street in the Manayunk section is one of the hippest streets in town, so you know it has to have a joint for beef patties in between a bun. Lucky's Last Chance fits that description.

Friday, August 28, 2015

TH Cooks: Homemade Salsa

SALSA!
Photo Credit: TH
Salsa is one of those foods that has become a staple at parties. A lot of people get it at the supermarket out of jars, or they may splurge and get the fresher-looking pico de gallo that comes in those plastic containers. But honestly, making salsa is one of the easiest things you can do, and the results are almost always better than what you'd get on average, unless you're buying the artisanal stuff or are going to a Mexican restaurant and getting it on the table. Truth be told, most people aren't doing that. I've been making my own for almost a decade now, and unless everyone I know has been lying to me, they all seem to love it.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sweet Lucy's: Philadelphia, PA

YES
Photo Credit: TH
What: Sweet Lucy's Smokehouse
Where: 7500 State Road, Philadelphia, PA
Website: sweetlucys.com
Order: Brisket platter with macaroni and cheese, cheesy creamed spinach, Tennessee string beans, cornbread, ginger ale

In Northeast Philadelphia, the holy trinity of spots for good eats consists of Las Margaritas, Blue Duck Sandwich Co., and Sweet Lucy's Smokehouse. I've been to all three several times, especially since I called the section of Philly my home for the first 25 or so years of my life (even though Blue Duck got there after I moved out). In a city with a heavy Mexican population, Las Margaritas is a no-brainer. Philly is a hotbed for hipsters and college kids, so Blue Duck makes sense. But finding barbecue outside of the South can be risky. But trust me, after years and years of eating at the joint, Sweet Lucy's is the real deal. My latest meal was just another piece of evidence to its bona fides.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Rigatoni's Pasta: Prospect Park, PA

Gnocchi... yes
Photo Credit: TH
What: Rigatoni’s Pasta and Grill
Where: 611 Chester Pike (US 13), Prospect Park, PA
Website: rigatonispasta.net
Order: Gnocchi in Blush Sauce

When I first moved into Delaware County, the building that now houses Rigatoni’s was an abandoned Cuban restaurant called the Distorted Papaya. It had closed before I was able to try anything there, and the building stood empty for several years. I had always hoped that a restaurant would move in there, but one that was unique and different to the area. The thing about Delco is that you can’t go two blocks without running into an Italian restaurant, which is a little better than having a Wawa located on nearly every corner. So when Rigatoni’s first opened up there, I was a little disappointed.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Federal Donuts: Philadelphia, PA

The Homer Simpson special!
Photo Credit: TH
What: Federal Donuts
Where: 1219 S. 2nd Street (SE corner of intersection with Manton St), 1632 Sansom Street, 3428 Sansom Street, 701 N. 7th Street, Citizens Bank Park (2nd Street location visited for this post)
Website: federaldonuts.com
Order: Whole order of fried chicken (half “naked,” half sweet garlic soy glaze), honey donut, strawberry lavender donut, vanilla spice donut, cinnamon brown sugar donut

Fried chicken and donuts seem like an unlikely combination, one dreamed up by someone like, say, Homer Simpson (shortly after he came up with the idea for Nuts and Gum). I don’t know how the idea came together, but the people behind Federal Donuts have taken Philadelphia by storm with the combination since its open in 2011. Somehow, the place had eluded me until recently. I stopped in and sampled their wares, and why not, I had three free donuts coming to me for philanthropic reasons.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Cocco's Gelateria: Primos, PA

Gelato for one, gelato for all, gelato for me
Photo Credit: TH
What: Cocco’s Gelateria
Where: 550 S. Oak Avenue, Primos, PA
Website: coccosgelateria.com
Order: Medium sundae with coffee and chocolate chip cookie gelato, hot caramel, and whipped cream, donut shop coffee

The Cocco brand name is synonymous with pizza in eastern Delaware County. It has several joints all around the cradle of Wawa, and it’s reached the point where the name has exceeded the quality. While I don’t care for the pizza places (the Mrs. says that the cheesesteaks are good though), the name is attached to one of my favorite dessert spots near my domicile.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Cheeseburger Paradise - P'Unk Burger: Philadelphia, PA

Mmm, cheeseburger
Photo Credit: TH
What: P’Unk Burger
Where: 1823 E. Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA
Website: punkburger.com
Order: Big Man on Campus Burger with sea salt seasoned fries and Maine Cane cola

Okay, so first, an explanation. I deleted my main Tumblr a month ago in an attempt to spend less time on the computer. With that, I also deleted the original Holzerman Hungers, and then some Russian outfit claimed the url because the Internet is a lovely place. However, I felt a void in my life without an outlet to dispense my food musings ‘n stuff, so Holzerman Hungers has returned with a more topical url. Enjoy.