National Mechanics claiming to have the best veggie burger in the world leads to high expectations, but fortunately the veggie burger at the bar residing in the beautiful Greek Revival Mechanics National Bank building in Old City does not disappoint.
Best in the world? I don't know about that, but National Mechanics certainly wins in the category of actually being a true veggie burger and not pretending to be meat. There are all sorts of visibly identifiable julienned vegetables in this burger — carrots, zucchini, broccoli. It almost feels healthy to eat National Mechanics' slightly crunchy, chock-full-o-veggies burger, and tastes nothing but yum. Just remember to dine with a good friend who'll check your teeth for lodged veggies!
Your choice of cheese, and simple toppings of lettuce, tomato and raw onions come with the burger. I've never seen the fried egg topper in the evening, but it made (an unwanted, for me) appearance at brunch. And depending on my sobriety level, the chewy bun sometimes annoys (sober) or satisfies (drunk). I always like fat fries, though.
To judge for yourself if National Mechanics makes a slammin' burger, why not hit up next week's Burger Club Philly meet-up hosted by the Burger Baroness December 15, 6pm, at National Mechanics.
22 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Sat and Sun brunch, 11am-3:30pm