Today finally saw the doors open at Blue Duck Sandwich Co., a casual BYOB in a strip mall in the Northeast that has managed to gather an awful lot more buzz than that description would have you think. Chef-owner Kris Serviss helped that buzz along by putting up a winning burger at this summer's Burger Brawl, while he and business partner Joe Callahan were still deep in the construction weeds.
What went into that burger demonstrates the sensibility of the place pretty well: American cheese, sriracha mayo, an egg, pork roll ground into the patty, all on a soft potato bun. It's a combo that fully embraces what's delicious and doesn't reach for fanciness for fancy's sake, without being at all lazy or one-note. The rest of the menu (see the full thing below) is similarly full of creative, easy-to-like dishes in the comfort food vein. There's a triple-bacon BLT (a BBBLT, if you will — and the menu does), chorizo-spiked mac and cheese, Cubano egg rolls, duck a l'orange pancakes, and duck confit-topped duck fat fries.
At dinner, you'll also have the option of full entrees, like wild boar meatloaf and housemade pappardelle with duck ragout. (Yeah, there's a decent amount of duck on the Blue Duck menu.) Entrees run from $13 to $20, while the vast majority of the rest of the menu falls under $10.
The Blue Duck is BYO; at brunch (served only on Sundays), Bloody Mary mixers are available.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; on Sunday, brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Blue Duck Sandwich Co., 2859 Holme Ave., Philadelphia PA 19152, 267-686-4687.