Burger.org, a Glatt Kosher upscale burger joint to debut soon in Margate.
Upscale burgers are certainly not a new concept, either in our region or throughout the country.
Neither is Glatt Kosher food, with now four local restaurants — year-round Jerusalem and Bubbie’s Bistro, plus seasonal Shalom Pita — serving food adhering to those religious tenets.
What is unusual, perhaps even shocking to some, is the combination of those two.
That idea finds fruition later this month with the Margate opening of Burger.org near the corner of Jerome and Ventnor avenues.
For proprietors Eyal Aranya and Yoni Nadav, this shore eatery represents the third location of their unique food provider.
Aranya tells us that they had originally intended to create a Philly place featuring organic, grass-fed beef and other naturally-raised meats.
That initial entry, at 326 South St., opened in May of 2010.
After a few short months, the pair opted to tweak their format.
Explaining that both men, natives of Israel, share “a traditional religious history,” Aranya goes on to add that family members encouraged them to consider becoming a Kosher facility.
Contacting an organization called Community Kosher of Greater Philadelphia — which Eyal characterizes as “a Supreme Court” comprised of five Rabbis — Burger.org became Glatt certified in August 2010.
Since that time, they’ve gone on to open a second location last June on Chestnut Street near Rittenhouse Square.
And once this Margate location is up and running later this month, the ambitious partners have a fourth place already in the works, slated for the Ellisburg Circle in Cherry Hill.
As for the Burger.org concept, it’s admirably straightforward and targeted “not only for the Jewish community, everyone is welcome here.”
Various meats are available: beef, of course, but also turkey, lamb, chicken, fish and a house-made veggie burger composed of spinach, corn, carrots, peas and cucumber.
Beef is an 80/20 mix of chuck, always ground daily according to strict rabbinical guidelines, in each store. All bread products, including their rolls, must also baked on premises.
A quartet of special burgers includes that veggie option, along with El Mariachi, adding jalapenos, pico de gallo and guacamole; El Gringo, topped by mushrooms, fried egg and pastrami and El Dorado, with the unusual addition of hummus, mushrooms and eggplant.
We don’t know about you, but a burger with fried egg and grilled pastrami sounds too good to be missed.
Menu options for those not burger-inclined will also available.
Like wings, grilled or fried, plus sandwiches including steak, chicken breast, fried chicken schnitzel or the aforementioned pastrami.
For first-time restaurateurs Tad and Elizabeth Stern, the opening of their new Bubbie’s Bistro — a Kosher Italian eatery in Ventnor, just minutes outside of Atlantic City — was the culmination of multiple dreams.
Although possessing an extensive culinary legacy in his native Israel, the deeply thoughtful Benshitrit never actually planned to open a business in the Atlantic City area. In fact, upon arrival in November 1985, he only expected to briefly pass through New Jersey en route to a family holiday in Florida.
A $25 donation will allow an individual or family to receive a certificate to purchase a Butterball or kosher (upon request) turkey. The JFS served nearly 500 families with turkeys last year alone.
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