Since the opening of The Wishing Well on 9th and Catharine early this month, we have been receiving emails directing us to the burger that got kicked out of Atlanta for being too rib sticking.
The SHAME burger was invented by chef Carmen Cappello at his southern location, where he improvised on Pennsylvania tradition in creating this enigmatic creation. A bit of background- the restaurant is part of the Slow Food Movement – meaning that they pledge to bring ingredients in that are grown within 100 miles of their location, contributing to the local economy and respecting the environment. The Burger is made of local Lancaster sirloin, bought fresh right down the street in the Italian Market. It is topped with house-made scrapple, American cheese and a runny fried farm fresh egg. Yep. It’s ridiculous. Carmen calls it a “gluttonous treat that you can feel good about eating” and we definitely agree.
The burger is cooked well-done because the gooey cheese and fried egg provide all the juiciness you need. The fresh scrapple is well spiced with thyme and sage, and is both creamy and crispy – it’s fried, as it should be. The multiple textures and contrasting breakfast and lunch flavors, shifting back and forth depending upon the ratio of what you get in each bite, together make this a fascinating sandwich.
We speculate that another reason that they belong to the Slow Food movement is because you ain’t moving so fast after you eat one of these. Next time we head to Wishing Well, we’re going to get the appetizer version of this burger, which comes topped with a fried quail egg, so that we can save room for the fresh fish, inventive meat dishes and seasonal vegetables that they actually work directly with farmers to source. Wishing Well is a welcome addition to the Italian market. Co-owner and GM Chris Martino is already seeing repeat customers at the bar, which carries over 50 bottled beers. Final verdict: do this burger at least once, it’s delicious, it supports the local economy and is definitely something to talk about.