We were greeted by personalized menus made just for us- Hickory Lane created a deal that combined a burger and a drink for $18. The burger alone ran us $15- definitely on the expensive side for this city! In comparison to many of the other places we've held "meetings," Hickory Lane offers a single signature burger- aptly named the "Hickory Burger." Executive Chef Matt Zagorski spent many years at Rouge, so he certainly has some solid burger-making experience.
The fact that there was only one option made ordering easy. Our waiter informed us that the patties were being cooked to a medium rare-medium based on chef preference. Fine by us! It took a little while before plates started coming out of the kitchen, but we understand the art of burger making is a serious one.
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Another thing we noticed right away was the thickness of the cheese. Melted over the burger, an extra-sharp aged white cheddar added a significant amount of flavor and texture. I know I'm talking about the cheese before I even talk about the meat, but that's just how good it was. It was definitely what everyone was exclaiming about the most- the fact that such a high-quality, flavorful cheese is used here, and so much of it!- really created a unique burger experience.
However, I certainly do need to acknowledge the meat. A "proprietary" blend of three different cuts of beef are exclusively ground by Philadelphia Meat Purveyor Exceptional Foods just for this burger. I'd say LaFrieda should be watching their backs- they've got some serious competition! The patty was cooked perfectly to create a nice, thin crust surrounding some seriously pink ground beef. The grind is still recognizable- these guys are getting treated pretty gently on the grill, providing a nice crumble with each bite. The meat was underseasoned, allowing the slightly sweet and seriously fluffy challah and salty, aged cheese to play recognizable supporting roles.
Overall, this was definitely a five-star burger. I'd even go so far to put it amongst the ranks of the Supper burger. With this kind of burger-making talent, I'd definitely be interested in trying out some other menu items as well. Any rec's from Hickory Lane fans out there?
2025 Fairmount Ave