Stephen Starr’s SquareBurger in Franklin Square opened today for its first full season. While I am new to Philadelphia, I know the name Stephen Starr very well. If you have heard of The Continental, Buddakan, Tangerine, or Jones, you have heard of Stephen Starr too! Franklin Square is absolutely gorgeous and boasts a carousel, beautiful marble fountain, and more.
SquareBurger is a burger shack in historical Franklin Square that serves mainly burgers, fries, and shakes. Ben Franklin took time out of his busy day to serve the first burger, and to eat one too!
The music was fun 50′s style today- I imagine it is every day- and I couldn’t help but hop around as I waited for our order to be ready…. and soon enough it was.
While the weather was cold (I was an ice cube through lunch hour) spirits were high. Nothing says summer better than a burger, fries, and a shake, and that is exactly what I had.
Are SquareBurger’s burgers a square burger? (Try saying that 5 times fast.) No, but they are a deliciously messy fresh and hot one! My shake was really the star of the meal, however. I had the decadent Cake Shake that is vanilla ice cream with bits of Tastycake Butterscotch Krimpet. I tried my very best to finish it, but halfway through I was perfectly content. Imagine your favorite vanilla box cake in drink form- that is SquareBurger’s The Cake Shake. This season they are offering Shake-of-the-Month, and I look forward to trying all the different shakes they will offer.
The opening of Franklin Square and SquareBurger couldn’t have come a more fitting day. This weekend my cousins Baz & Stephanie are coming to visit us, and we will be playing tourists. We will be on the lookout for Ben Franklin, and if my instincts are right, he will be back for more SquareBurger… just like me.
SquareBurger is located at Franklin Square (6th & Race Streets) in what I like to call the Tourist District. Many of the historical sites you will want to visit are in walking distance, and Franklin Square is a beautiful place to enjoy the fountain, have lunch, and take a break.
Healthy Tip #1: When you are craving an indulgent meal, go for the best you can and enjoy it! I do not eat burgers, fries, and shakes every day, but today I did and I enjoyed my lunch immensely. I will balance it out with a super healthy snack this afternoon (apple and some almonds) and call it a win.
Healthy Tip #2: You don’t have to finish your plate! I had my entire burger and about 1/2 my fries and shake- that was plenty for me. Every bite was delicious, and I didn’t leave feeling heavy or overly full. It is all about balance and portion control after all!
Thanks for lunch, uwishunu!