Shake, Burger and Fry

Introducing Philly’s newest burger joint.

Philly is getting a new burger joint and, from all the hype, it sounds like it’s going to be a good one. The best part is the concept: burgers, fries, shakes. 500 Degrees offers succinct and to-the-point comfort food that hails from another popular—albeit far more elite—burger hot spot called Rouge on Rittenhouse Square. March 24 was the big opening day, and the first 100 people enjoyed an 11 a.m. free-burger stampede.

We burger-lovers to the west of the city are pretty upset that husband-and-wife owners Maggie and Rob Wasserman didn’t come out of the gate with a suburban version. However, if the burgers live up to the media blitz, the hair-raising ride up the Schuylkill should be worth it. I’m just glad to hear that, unlike at Five Guys and Elevation Burger, the 5.5-ounce all-beef burgers here will be cooked to five different temperatures of preparation. And they’re designed to outsmart typical fast-food burgers in thickness also, not just in the patty, but in the roll— using Challah rolls from Wild Flour Bakery, which apparently is set to deliver twice a day. The shakes are made with Bassetts Ice Cream, one of the first Philly eats I tried when I visited as a college junior.

That’s all I have for now on that. I can’t write any more till I taste one. 😉 It’s on the calendar for next week, though, don’t you worry! But I know where YOU are going this weekend. And if you do, I want to hear all about it:

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday-Saturday. 1504 Sansom St., Philadelphia; (215) 568-5000. For 500 Degrees’ Facebook page, click

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