Clown Car Burger Buns at 500°
500°, Center City’s newest burger spot, has been open for barely over a month now. Burgers, fries, shakes, and soda is all you will find on the menu. At least this makes things easier for decision-phobes. The combo deals combine all of the menu ideas, making things even easier. For my first trip it had to be the 500° signature burger, why bother getting anything else?
The 500° burger comes with fresh lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, bacon, and special house sauce packed into a brioche bun. The burger patty is small but thick, with a substantial char but with meat that was a touch dry. I don’t know why the bun is so little, all of the toppings are busting out of it clown car style. I would advise to order it cooked less than you would typically, a medium burger seemed more medium well and a medium rare burger was very medium. I also found myself wishing their house sauce was more robust.
The fries come as regular, spicy, or truffle. At the same price ($2.50) there was no reason not to ritz it up and get the truffled. The hand cut fries have a fun mix of differently sized fries. The fries were doused in pungent truffle oil. I could even seen the truffle flavor as being too much for some.
I also tried the black and white shake, which was definitely more black than white. I like that they keep it local and use Bassett’s ice cream. I left realizing that normally when demolishing a burger, half an order of fries, and half a shake, I would be completely stuffed and uncomfortable, while after this meal I was not. So- depending on your goal, this could really be a good thing or the opposite of good.
THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)
- Speedy Gonzalez service
- They open the windows up, so expect a nice breeze and a great opportunity for people watching
- With only a few menu options, making a choice is easy
THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)
- The bill adds up with all the additions, and you may wind up being less stuffed than you would hope
500°, 1504 Sansom St (@ 15th St.), 215-568-5000