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October 9, 2011

Live from New York, it’s Cheeseburger Saturday Night! Starring Pop Burger Pub and special guest star Lex! And featuring the Ready For Prime Beef Player, Marty Wombacher. Ladies and gentlemen please welcome, Lex and Pop Burger Pub!

My friend Lex is in town with her family and has a free night out, so she's accompanying me on Cheeseburger Saturday Night tonight. You may remember Lex from her appearance on 365 Bars and back in May on MAD. And we all know, when a guest comes to MAD Headquarters, snacks must be made. Tonight I thought I'd try a nutty mixture, here's the ingredients.

For this recipe you need two snackologist certified bowls.

The base is the Blue Diamond Jalapeno almonds.

Then slowly I add, shape, prune and mix in the other ingredients. As always, I want to warn you not to try this in your house, unless you are a board-certified snackologist. If you don't know what you're doing things can get messy and nasty real quick.

Three hours later the final mix is done. Now all we need is Lex.

And bingo-bambo, here she is, enjoying the snacks and a beer here at MAD Headquarters. Great to see you again, Lex!

Here's the cheeseburger destination for the evening, Pop Burger Pub in Union Square, a short walk from where I live.

When you walk in, there's a giant wall with a takeout window featuring the menu lit up all over it.

The words, "firm fries" were a little upsetting to both Lex and I, although we didn't really know why.

Lex poses with Christian, who's a busboy in the pub. A nice guy, the whole staff is friendly in here.

There's lots of wooden tables and seating in the spacious front room.

But Lex and I chose to sit at the bar in the middle of the pub.

Bartender Peter happily serves us up a beer and the night is underway!

The back wall features some of the bottled beers on the beer menu. Pretty impressive.

There's big wooden booths in the back, let's go say hi to these two women.

Here's Fayola and Jessica at their booth. They had just finished dinner and Fayola had the Superman Burger and recommended it, so that's what we decided to order.

We split an order of onion rings for an appetizer.


The Superman Burger lived up to its name. It was huge and we split one, which was good, because I could never have finished a whole one.

Thanks to Lex for hanging out with me on Cheeseburger Saturday Night! Goodnight everybody and see you tomorrow after dark.

Our Meal
At Fayola’s suggestion, Lex and I got the Superman Burger and it was...well...super! It’s a giant burger that comes dressed with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and crunchy bacon on a fresh toasted bun. It comes with fried pickles, but we had them on the side. We started out the meal with onion rings and they were crunchy and delicious.

There’s two other kinds of burgers available, Pop Burgers, which are two slider style burgers and the Invisible Burger which is a portebello mushroom burger. Other entrees include: baby lamb chops; fish and chips; lobster roll with tater tots and a steak sandwich with tater tots.

They have a large selection of draft, bottled and can beer and if you have a sweet tooth there’s hot doughnuts and chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies available.

Cheeseburger Rating
Three Wimpy’s, a wonderful cheeseburger!

Pop Burger Pub
83 University Place (Between 11th and 12th St.)

Further reading: Grub Street, Steve Eats NYC and Go Craft Cans.

When we met I was sure out to lunch,
Now my empty cup tastes as sweet as the punch.

(Surprise link...click on it...I dare you!)


Bonus Photos by Gene Rubbico!

MAD pals and two thirds of the BBC, Gene and Smoopy are in Pittsburgh this weekend. Yesterday they visited the Flight 93 crash site and memorial, checked into a Bed and Breakfast and then visited 399 bars and had 2,947 drinks between the two of them. Here's some photos of their day and night. It starts out at the Flight 93 crash site and memorial, then the bed and breakfast and then onto some of the nighttime bar shots. Looks like a splendid time, thanks for the photos, Gene!

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Reader Comments (20)

The lit up menu wall is a bit overwhelming to me, but like the inside and the food looked great. Although one burger for two people, that's some big food. Nice to see Lex and great photos from Gene.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkari

The snackologist strikes again. Lex is drinking Modelo, good beer. Superman burger looked great. The lit up menu reminds me of the NYSE somewhat. Excellent photos from Gene as well, the memorial pictures and the wall,,,thanks. My friend in Ohio has been to that Hofbrau Haus, had the pork shank there. They have one down here on Miami Beach also. Original one is in Munich. That's a super modern cig machine. I liked your little mention of "firm fries", i get it.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAl

@kari: It was one big-ass burger! Plus we had already had snacks and onion rings, so it was the perfect amount of food.

@Al: I thought I'd get some classy beer for Lex! Glad you got the "firm fries" line!

October 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

That looks lime the best snack mix EVER ! ...and one of the best burgers to be featured by MAD. A great weekend ! I'm gonna be sad when it's over :(

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

In reading your review, I realize I'm such a frigin nerd.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsp

looks like MAD had another great c-burger...nice to Lex visitin' again...thanks goes out to GENE for the bonus photos...

Let me just say, I've seen a pub or two.
~Don Johnson


October 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

I've made a rookie snackology mistake and now there are insurance companies involved,if only I'd listenened to MAD this could have been avoidedlStill it was an interesting snack.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob

@GENE: It was a good snack mix, I'll make it for you and Smoopy when you return. Thanks for the photos and glad you had a great weekend!

@csp: Ha ha ha!

@rr: Don Johnson has seen a pub or two and then some! Great quote!

@Bob: If you'd care to share your snackology mistake, we'd all appreciate it. I know it's embarassing, but it could save lives!

October 9, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

This is obviously my falt, oversalted,,undernutted,my apololigiies hope we all got home safe.Marty I will not try to fuck with snackolology without strict adherence to MAD;s time tested recipes,only a fool would do that.

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob

I will also make an attempt at correct english,

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Hey Ho Marty!! Don't ask where I've been (lets just say I'll be working hard to pay off the bail money! badaboom!!)...I've still been dropping in but not commenting a great deal.
We made epic burgers last night...not quite superman burgers but super good, none the less.
It's currently 3:20pm on a monday and I'm sinkin' a few brewskis!!

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClacky.

Good to see Lex again!
That giant menu wall has a very Cheap Trick feel to it.
Which is always OK in my book!

Gene, very nice photos from the Flight 93 Memorial.
It was moving just to see your pictures.
I can imagine it must really be emotional in person.

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

Great burger!!Did not know about this place. I loved you coverage on Occupy City Hall too. I never had a fried pickle. Did you speak with Chillmaster??Tell him about Bob??Let's get together and raise a few for Bob again.

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

@Bob: So sorry to hear about the underntterness! But I'm glad you survived and learned your lesson on snackology!

@Clacky: I've wondered where you've been! Good to hear from you, I'll send you a get out of jail card soon!

@"Boris": The wall was Cheap Trick-like, good observation, Daddio!

@Melanie: I didn't know about this place either, it just opened up in April and it's a decent place. I haven't spoken with the Chillmaster, but will be calling him soon. The next Chillmaster Dance Party in on the 23rd, I hope you can make it! And we will raise a few for Bob, indeed!

October 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

Did someone say lobster roll with tater tots? Hey, Clacky...pass me a brewski.

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

@Biff: I'm coming back some Sunday for that Lobster roll!

October 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

@MAD: Wait til I get back! I'm planning on winning the lottery tomorrow, so I should be there soon.

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

The pub looks wonderful and quite fun as well. the food looks delish.

My best to Lex and to you Marty. What a fun night out for Cheeseburger Saturday.

Love the sign. One always must admire a sign which features beer as it's main context.

Did I say yet...Yay Beer!

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

Lex looks like a lot of fun to hang out with. She's too cute with the onion ring eyes!!

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

@Biff: Just like Dick Marx, I'm right here waiting!

@Tiki Bar Susie: Good to hear from you! Yay beer!

@meleah: It's always fun when Lex is in town! And she brought me a pumpkin!

October 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

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