PHILLY FOOD Girl

Rouge 98

For years I've heard rave reviews about the burger at Rouge on Rittenhouse Square. Even Oprah named it one of the best burgers in America, and I tend to trust her on most things! The Rouge burger consists of caramelized onions and Gruyere on a brioche bun, and is served with a side of butter lettuce, tomato, pickle, and a healthy side of French fries. The burger itself looked beautiful, very moist, thick, and was cooked "medium" as I ordered it. While I think it tasted very good, the onions reminded me so much of meatloaf, that it just wasn't as good as I hoped it would be. It also reminded me of French onion soup, so my head was very confused by what my mouth was tasting. I also thought it could have used a bit of salt. Overall I would give this burger an 8 on presentation, flavor, and how it was prepared and cooked perfectly. But to my own palette, it ranked only about a 5.

The Brussels sprouts with bacon, however, scored a solid 9 for me!!! I love them. Could have eaten twice the serving (which was beautiful).

It was a lovely evening on Rittenhouse!

Rouge 98 205 S 18th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 (215) 732-6622