Bringing Organic Burgers To P’unk

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by Cassie Hepler
There’s a reason McDonald’s popularity is reportedly dwindling – low-quality meat, ingredients and poor customer service.

P’unk Burger, 1823 E. Passyunk, is the BYO organic answer to the mass-produced conglomerate. Always fresh, organic ingredients and packed full, it is South Philly’s answer to the fast food question. The people want quality, fresh food – and fast.
Born and raised in South Philly, owner Marlo Dilks’ family is an E. Passyunk staple.

THE SIGNATURE P’unk Burger is stacked with beef, black peppercorn bacon, smoked gouda and their signature sauce – their version of steak sauce with a spicy kick at the end. Photo by Cassie Hepler

THE SIGNATURE P’unk Burger is stacked with beef, black peppercorn bacon, smoked gouda and their signature sauce – their version of steak sauce with a spicy kick at the end. Photo by Cassie Hepler

“My aunt and mother have been business owners for over 30 years with the store next door, ‘A Star Is Born,’ a children’s boutique store,” she said.

The mother of four girls (ages 14, 4, 3 and 2) and married to Marlo Dilks, her husband and business partner, it’s easy to see Marlo is family friendly, busy and holds family values close to her heart.

One of the display windows in the front of the restaurant is dubbed the “Passyunk Pasture” and holds a video game that serves as a table for children – or adult kids at heart.

“That game plays BurgerTime, PacMan, Mrs. PacMan, Galica… all the good ones,” she said. “Plus 59 other arcade game options.”
Multi-tasking is second nature to Marlo.

“We opened SliCE eight years ago,” she said. “The original is at 10th and Federal in the Italian Market, 18th and Sansom and Sewell, N.J. which is 15 minutes from the beach.”
The color scheme is green – and everything is organic, not just the burgers and salads.

MARLO DILKS has spent a lifetime in the kitchen. She grew up in a family that loved to cook and, more importantly, loved to eat. Her father Louis Fioravanti owned and operated two popular kitchenettes (Marlo’s and Cousins), and a neighborhood grocery and butcher store (The Meat Barn). While helping her father, she developed her passion for food, while sharpening her palate. She also learned to value quality and freshness.  Photo by Cassie Hepler

MARLO DILKS has spent a lifetime in the kitchen. She grew up in a family that loved to cook and, more importantly, loved to eat. Her father Louis Fioravanti owned and operated two popular kitchenettes (Marlo’s and Cousins), and a neighborhood grocery and butcher store (The Meat Barn). While helping her father, she developed her passion for food, while sharpening her palate. She also learned to value quality and freshness. Photo by Cassie Hepler

“Pretty much everything is recycled, repurposed wood from a brewery in Brewerytown,” she said. “What all seems to be plastic is actually PSM biodegradable plastic made from plant material like starch. For example, our drinking straw is green in color because it is plant material.”

The meat comes from Esposito’s Meats (1001 S. 9th St.) and the produce is being sourced from a few different places, providing natural and organic burgers, shakes and fries.

One little girl, Lilly, 5, said she ate her first cheeseburger there and “it was really, really good.”

The key is to hit the place up between rush hours as it is a railroad space and only 500 square feet – and is always packed. There are 25-35 seats inside with bar stools and a counter along the wall, a large picnic style bench, tables and chairs.

THE SIGNATURE P’unk Shake is a twist on the black and white (vanilla mixed with Nutella) – a delicious handmade shake. Photo by Cassie Hepler

THE SIGNATURE P’unk Shake is a twist on the black and white (vanilla mixed with Nutella) – a delicious handmade shake. Photo by Cassie Hepler

P’unk Burger is available for dine-in, delivery and take-out. If you’re cell phone, tablet or laptop are running out of juice, plug in with added extra additional outlets and free WiFi.

Hours are Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with special late-night menu and extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays.

P’UNK BURGER also offers other options than just burgers such as this ahi tuna burger, chicken, turkey and veggie patties. Photo by Cassie Hepler

P’UNK BURGER also offers other options than just burgers such as this ahi tuna burger, chicken, turkey and veggie patties. Photo by Cassie Hepler

P’UNK BURGER offers both thin Idaho or sweet potato fries as an option and a Hank’s gourmet vanilla cream soda to wash it all down. Photo by Cassie Hepler

P’UNK BURGER offers both thin Idaho or sweet potato fries as an option and a Hank’s gourmet vanilla cream soda to wash it all down. Photo by Cassie Hepler

THE CUBAN includes beef with ham, red dragon English ale whole grain mustard, cheddar, fried pickles and is pressed and grilled to meaty perfection. Photo by Cassie Hepler

THE CUBAN includes beef with ham, red dragon English ale whole grain mustard, cheddar, fried pickles and is pressed and grilled to meaty perfection. Photo by Cassie Hepler

THE ASIAN KALE salad with avocado, bell red pepper, edamame, red onion and balsalmic vinaigrette offers a healthy option. Photo by Cassie Hepler

THE ASIAN KALE salad with avocado, bell red pepper, edamame, red onion and balsalmic vinaigrette offers a healthy option. Photo by Cassie Hepler

THE FRONT WINDOW nook is a personal dining and gaming space with a cocktail arcade game table with the classic favorite Burger Time (plus 59 other arcade game options). Photo by Cassie Hepler

THE FRONT WINDOW nook is a personal dining and gaming space with a cocktail arcade game table with the classic favorite Burger Time (plus 59 other arcade game options). Photo by Cassie Hepler

NATURAL, organic fountain soda in traditional and unexpected flavors such as the extra spicy ginger flavor or extra caffeinated cola. Photo by Cassie Hepler

NATURAL, organic fountain soda in traditional and unexpected flavors such as the extra spicy ginger flavor or extra caffeinated cola. Photo by Cassie Hepler

P'UNK BURGER opened in Chhaya's former space - which is located directly next door to Marlo’s mom’s boutique, “A Star is Born” at 1821 East Passyunk. Photo by Cassie Hepler

P’UNK BURGER opened in Chhaya’s former space – which is located directly next door to Marlo’s mom’s boutique, “A Star is Born” at 1821 East Passyunk. Photo by Cassie Hepler

FRESH AND TASTY all-natural burgers, fries and shakes are available at P’unk Burger with fresh food, not fast food with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Photo by Cassie Hepler

FRESH AND TASTY all-natural burgers, fries and shakes are available at P’unk Burger with fresh food, not fast food with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Photo by Cassie Hepler

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