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  • Eater Philly: Updating the Eater Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

    More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What's everyone talking about? While the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment.

    Thus, we offer the Eater Heat Map, which will change continually to highlight where the crowds are flocking to, rightthisverymoment. Casual options abound this month, with the debuts of the Blue Anchor (the floating restaurant at Spruce Street Harbor Park), Good Stuff Eatery (where the better-burger trend meets reality-TV stardom), Matt & Marie's 'modern Italian' sandwiches, and Square One Coffee (the first Philly location for the well-regarded Lancaster roasters).

    GOOD STUFF EATERY

    Yes, Spike Mendelsohn's burger-and-shake import is yet another better-burger place — but it's the only one in town blessed with a direct connection to sweet, sweet reality-TV stardom.

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  • THE 19 BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN PHILADELPHIA

    BY CASSIE HEPLER

    Sadly, you can't spend the whole Summer watching outdoor movies (there are only 60 or so of 'em, after all), but here's the good news: that leaves plenty of time to check out the recently opened spots on our list of the 19 best new restaurants in Philly. But don't do it all at once or your midsection will be increasingly susceptible to Gravity (playing next week at Penn's Landing).

    Good Stuff Eatery
    Rittenhouse
    This DC import from Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn has been bringing all the boys (and girls) to the yard... err, restaurant, since late June with its milkshakes, and contests in which the first 100 people through the door win said milkshakes for a year. It's got “food so pure you’ll think it’s Amish”, assuming the Amish eat things like the Uncle D's Chili or the 'Shroom Burger w/ slim cut fries, obviously.

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  • 5 BURGER & SHAKE COMBOS TO POUND THIS WEEKEND

    By Laura Hayes

    Any plans you had to get in shape this Summer might as well be abandoned at this point, as the season is rapidly drawing to a close. Might as well go the complete opposite direction. Your weapon of choice? The best burger and shake combos this city has to offer.

    Good Stuff Eatery
    Capitol Hill/Georgetown/Crystal City
    This burger and shake is spiked in a different sense, thanks to Chef Spike Mendelsohn. His burgers are bomb -- especially the Prez Obama burger, because it’s a night out at a fancy steakhouse between buns. A hockey puck-sized patty is topped with applewood bacon, onion marmalade, Roquefort cheese, and horseradish mayo. Try it with their signature toasted marshmallow shake.

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  • 10 Hottest New Restaurants in Philadelphia

    By Danya Henninger

    Good Stuff Eatery

    Why It’s Hot: Spike Mendelsohn chose Philly as the location for his first joint outside the DC area, and picked in-demand architect Ed Eimer to design it for him (he also does Kevin Sbraga’s spots). With a counter below and spacious seating area above, you can have your speedy burger and eat it in peace too.

    Must-Order: Prez Obama Burger ($7.25), Michelle Melt ($7), toasted marshmallow shake ($6).

    Insider Tip: It might be a classic combo, but we recommend skipping the fries and spending those calories on one of the hand-spun shakes instead.

    108 S. 18th St.; 267-928-2848

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  • Chef Spike Mendelsohn works his magic on burgers in Bethlehem

    Chef Spike Mendelsohn has cooked on the set of Bravo's "Top Chef."

    He's cooked behind the scenes in the kitchens of his Good Stuff Eatery burger, fries and shakes chain (which just debuted its Philly location Tuesday.)

    But today, he brought his burger magic to SteelStacks in Bethlehem for a taping of"The Chef's Kitchen." Click through behind-the-scenes photos at the top of this post.

    The show is filmed at the PBS-39WLVT studios in front of a live audience. Today's shoot also featured Bolete's chef Lee Chizmar and The Hotel Bethlehem's chef Michael Adams.

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  • Good Stuff Eatery Philadelphia Grand Opening

    The pilot store of Good Stuff Eatery opened on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. in July, 2008 but the grand opening event of the new Philadelphia based Good Stuff Eatery (108 S 18th St) was Tuesday, June 24 2014. The event started with a warm welcome from Chef Spike Mendelsohn and owners George Chin and Elaine Massock. For George and Elaine, it has taken four long years to open this restaurant. The two Illinois natives, who were retired restaurateurs, came out of retirement after they fell in love with Philadelphia and the Good Stuff Eatery concept. Chef Mendelsohn’s focus on family and quality food felt like the right fit for them, and so they decided to move forward with their own store. Chef Spike emphasized that what differentiates the Good Stuff Eatery from its competitors is that it is family and food driven. The family presence at this grand opening event was quite evident. His sister, Micheline, took the orders, his mom and dad (also long time restaurateurs) buzzed around the downstairs finishing the last touches for the opening. All stood arm in arm as the speeches were made and the red ribbon cut.

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  • Good Stuff Eatery Brings More Great Burgers and a Celebrity Chef to Philly


    Good Stuff Eatery opened yesterday on 18th St. between Chestnut & Sansom. It's the latest in a fast casual burger craze that has swept the U.S. over the past few years. Good Stuff comes to Philly with pretty big street cred - celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn(Top Chef, Iron Chef, etc.) is behind it and has already captured the D.C. market. We had Good Stuff burgers a few years ago in D.C. and loved them so this Philly opening came with much anticipation.
    Details on the burgers below, and for lots more photos of opening day, check out our Facebook album.
    The place was packed right away but seemed to keep people moving quickly. I was fortunate enough to enter an hour early and chat with Chef Spike. The most interesting part was actually witnessing the scene one hour before a grand opening - contractors screwing in last minute fixtures, gigantic crates of potato rolls being carted around, rugs still being rolled out, stuff literally everywhere. But it all came together in time for a nice ribbon cutting and celebration with the Mendelsohn family and Philly owners, George & Elaine.

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  • Good Stuff Eatery Hits Philly: Are the Burgers Worth the Hype?


    By Danya Henninger

    Good Stuff Eatery is now open on 18th Street just south of Chestnut. It’s the fourth outpost for former Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn’s burger and shake joint, and the first outside the DC area.

    Though Spike is the most well-known name in the company, and the culinary brains behind it, Good Stuff Eatery is a family operation. Mendelsohn’s mother Cathy originally had the vision for it and owns it with Spike’s father, Harvey, while sister Micheline is director of marketing.

    Along with other partners, the family is planning expansions to other cities, first up being Chicago. Mendelsohn says the first Chicagoland branch will open by the end of 2014, though the exact location has not yet been chosen. Potential spots in the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and off Michigan Avenue near the Loop are all being considered.

    The Mendelsohns' other quick-service concept We, The Pizza is also due to branch out to other cities, including Philadelphia and Chicago, although no timeline has been set.

    It’s all great news, as far as we’re concerned, because the product, experience and management at Good Stuff all exceeded our initial expectations. Read on for some details and then flip through the slide show to see exactly what you’ll get when you visit.

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  • Spike Mendelsohn's Good Stuff Eatery Opens Today

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014, by Carly Szkaradnik

    Good Stuff Eatery
    108 S. 18th Street
    Phone: 267-928-2848; website
    Status: Open at 11 a.m. today

    It's officially day one at Top Chefalum Spike Mendelsohn's burger and shake shop, Good Stuff Eatery. There is, of course, a pretty strong media blitz going on at the shop: Chef Spike is in attendance and there are prizes being given away, so let your feelings on lining up guide your decision on whether or not to check it out ASAP. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Menu is here.

    This is the first Philly restaurant for Mendelsohn, and his fourth Good Stuff Eatery overall. In his home base of D.C., he's also got Béarnaise(a French bistro known for its steak-frites) and a pizza place with four locations called We, The Pizza. Mendelsohn will join Philly.com's Michael Klein today at 2 p.m. for a special live chat, should you have any burning questions.


  • Good Stuff Eatery Opens in Rittenhouse Square Read more at http://phillystylemag.com/the-l

    Philadelphia Style

    Scheduled to open in Rittenhouse Square this upcoming Tuesday, burger-and-fry joint Good Stuff Eatery is the product of Top Chef season four runner-up Spike Mendelsohn.

    "Philadelphia is such a great food city,” says chef Mendelsohn. “We're excited to [provide] juicy burgers and handspun shakes to the people, and be a part of such a vibrant community."

    Patrons can indulge in American classics, including burgers, fries, shakes, and salads. Try the Big Stuff Bacon Meltdown, a double patty topped with bacon, double cheese, tomato, onions, lettuce, and the eatery’s own sauce, served on a freshly baked Pennsylvania Dutch bun. Pair the signature dish with hand-cut fries and wash it all down with a hand-spun shake. 108 S. 18th St., 267-928-2848

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  • Good Stuff Eatery Opens in Rittenhouse Square


    Scheduled to open in Rittenhouse Square this upcoming Tuesday, burger-and-fry joint Good Stuff Eatery is the product of Top Chef season four runner-up Spike Mendelsohn. 

    "Philadelphia is such a great food city,” says chef Mendelsohn. “We're excited to [provide] juicy burgers and handspun shakes to the people, and be a part of such a vibrant community."

    Patrons can indulge in American classics, including burgers, fries, shakes, and salads. Try the Big Stuff Bacon Meltdown, a double patty topped with bacon, double cheese, tomato, onions, lettuce, and the eatery’s own sauce, served on a freshly baked Pennsylvania Dutch bun. Pair the signature dish with hand-cut fries and wash it all down with a hand-spun shake. 108 S. 18th St., 267-928-2848

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  • DCist: The 13 Best Burgers In The D.C. Area

    It may be peak grill season, but with this week's oppressive heat, do you really want to stand in front of a hot grill just to get your burger fix on? Didn't think so. When it comes to finding good burgers, there's no shortage in D.C., but there's only a handful that are truly, remarkably great. As such, DCist writers highlight their favorite burgers in the city. Read this, eat them, and then go to the gym, because these burgers aren't exactly light on calories.


    MICHELLE MELT AT GOOD STUFF EATERY: One could make the argument that any one of Good Stuff Eatery's devilishly designed mega-burgers should deserve their own spot on this list, but as someone that favors turkey burgers over beef ones (sorry/not sorry), I've got to single out the Michelle Melt. A free-range turkey patty is topped with caramelized onions, swiss cheese, ruby tomatoes, lettuce, and tangy southlawn herb garden mayo on a wheat bun. Look, this may be more of a "healthy" option or whatever, but it's still damn delicious, OK? — Matt Cohen

    SPIKE'S SUNNYSIDE AT GOOD STUFF EATERY: My all-time favorite Washington-area burger was the huge, juicy slab from the The Quarry House, Tavern before the Silver Spring institution changed management in the mid-aughts and when they were still a real dive bar. It was a burger I used to look forward to with drooling anticipation. In the absence of a present-day equivalent, I sort of look forward to this artery-clogging sandwich, with an egg fried sunnyside-up plopped on top of an applewood bacon cheeseburger. The yolk may burst in the burger's paper wrapper before you get a chance to eat it, but you can always mop up the cholesterol with your fries. — Pat Padua

    Good Stuff Eatery has locations in Capitol Hill (303 Pennsylvania Avenue), Georgetown (3291 M Street NW), and Crystal City (2110 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Va.)

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  • Spike Mendelsohn Brings Good Stuff Eatery to Philly, Opening June 24


    Spike Mendelsohn of Top Chef fame is ready to introduce Good Stuff Eatery to the Philly burger-loving crowd. D.C. already loves Good Stuff. Now it’s Philly’s turn to see what the Good Stuff buzz is all about.

    Opening on June 24, the reputable name will intrigue diners, but the Farmhouse burgers, perfectly seasoned hand-cut fries and “forget that diet” shakes and floats will be the real draw of Good Stuff Eatery.

    Make sure you get in line early, as Spike plans to be there himself with a host of prizes. Starting at 11 a.m., the burger-loving masses will be able to order their faves from the menu and have the opportunity to win some Good Stuff goodies. The first 100 in line will be entered to win a Celebrity Cruises trip where Spike will be joining in on the fun. And, if you are in the group of the first 1,000 customers, you will be able to dig in to the Good Stuff Eatery prize bowl. Possible prizes include Good Stuff swag and tickets to sporting events.

    Learn more about what’s in store when Good Stuff Eatery throws open its doors at 108 South 18th Street, and see what all the talk is about on June 24.

    Find Good Stuff Eatery at 108 South 18th Street in Philadelphia; phone: (267) 928-2848.

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  • Eater Philly: Good Stuff Eatery Gets an Opening Date

    by Carly Szkaradnik


    Good Stuff Eatery, the D.C.-based burger import from Top Chefalum Spike Mendelsohn, will finally open its doors in Rittenhouse at 11 a.m on Tuesday, June 24. And because why not: the first hundred people in line will be entered to win a cruise with Mendelsohn himself. (The first thousand people through the door will get to pick a shot at other prizes, the best of which is a card that will entitle you to free shakes for a year. Or tickets to sporting events, if you're into that kind of thing more than milkshakes, somehow.)

    Once the doors open, the shop's hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

  • Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery Has A Date

    BY JASON SHEEHAN  |  JUNE 17, 2014 AT 5:16 PM

    It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery is finally getting ready to open the doors. The big day? Tuesday, June 24. There’ll be a bunch of press stuff (with his Spike-ness in attendance) starting at 10am, and then the doors officially open to the public at 11am for burgers, hand-cut fries and milkshakes.

    There’ll be prizes, of course. The first 100 customers in line get a chance to win a pair of tickets for a Celebrity Cruises trip this summer (on which they’ll be joined by Spike, so…awesome?). And the first 1,000 customers will get to grab prizes out of a “Bowl Of Good Stuff.” You know, kind of like when you go to the dentist. Said Good Stuff includes tee shirts, signed copies of the Good Stuff cookbook, VIP cards, tickets to various sporting events and things like that.

    But seriously, 1,000 customers? That's gonna be one helluva line.

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