The Dining Car Introduces: The Tauben-Burger

WE DON’T DO candidate endorsements here at Clout.

But let it hereby be known that if you are running for elected office, manage to get a cheeseburger named after you, then send one of those cheeseburgers to our offices at 801 Market St. free of charge and with a crisp dill pickle . . . well, that buys you some real estate on this page.

Meet Al Taubenberger, Republican candidate for City Council at-large. Stop by the Dining Car in Northeast Philly and order their new “Tauben-Burger,” an $8.50 limited specialty sandwich to promote his candidacy and honor his German-American roots.

The Tauben-Burger is a beef patty nestled atop a German potato pancake with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, sauteed onions and spicy brown mustard on a kaiser roll. The burger was created by Dining Car owner Nancy Morozin and Lawrence “Chef Larry” Thum.

“I’m kind of honored to have a hamburger named after me,” said Taubenberger, a former mayoral and City Council candidate whose parents were born in Germany. “You can’t get any more German: The hamburger originated in Hamburg, Germany; then a potato pancake, which is very German as well, and with sauerkraut.”

Now, the kaiser roll originally was named in honor of Emperor (or Kaiser) Franz Joseph I of Austria – not Germany. But we’ll let that slide.

The Tauben-Burger arrived in the newsroom Wednesday in a Styrofoam box. We ate it and enjoyed it. But we removed the Swiss cheese because we’re not John Kerry and don’t believe in Swiss cheese.

Taubenberger campaign spokesman Frank Keel, like a modern-day Philly version of Don Draper, did his best to spin this into a legitimate news story. We put up little resistance between bites.

“Like Al, the Tauben-Burger is 100% pure, no fillers, and is deeply satisfying,” Keel wrote in an email, presumably just before pouring three fingers of Canadian Club over ice and gazing out at the Philadelphia skyline


Al Taubenberger FOP Endorsement

Taubenberger: Police Have Rights

I strongly support State Rep. Martina White’s proposed legislation to protect the identities of Philadelphia police officers who are involved in a shooting or violent confrontation in the line of duty. It is terribly unfair to the officer and his or her family to release the officer’s name in connection with a shooting before an investigation is completed.

There have been numerous incidents around the country in which an officer involved in a shooting had his or her identity immediately revealed but was later cleared of any wrongdoing. Unfortunately, in many of those incidents, the damage to the officer’s reputation was already done. The officer had to leave his or her hometown or resign from the police force as a result of death threats against him and his family. That’s a shameful way to treat the men and women who lay their lives on the line for us every day.

White’s legislation would help protect police officers and their families from serious threats by protecting their identities. I stand with her and especially with the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department.

|Al Taubenberger, Republican City Council candidate, Philadelphia

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Taubenberger Expected to Provide Strong Challenge to Incumbents

…Al Taubenberger is expected to provide a strong challenge to the incumbents.  Taubenberger, head of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, has run for mayor and an at-large  Council seat, nearly winning the latter the last time out…


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Tom MacDonald, “Republican at-large Incumbents have two Council races to run” NewsWorks, May 14, 2015,


Al Taubenberger FOP Endorsement

FOP endorses Al Taubenberger for City Council

…John McNesby, pres­id­ent of FOP Lodge 5, said, “The FOP en­dorsed Al Tauben­ber­ger be­cause he has al­ways sup­por­ted the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment. As the fath­er of a Pennsylvania state troop­er, Al real­izes the sac­ri­fices that law en­force­ment of­ficers make. We feel that Al will be our voice in City Coun­cil.”…


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Tom Waring, “FOP endorses Al Taubenberger for City Council” NorthEastTimes, May 6, 2015,

“Busi­nesses lay the frame­work for a strong neigh­bor­hood” Al Taubenberger

…Busi­nesses lay the frame­work for a strong neigh­bor­hood,” said Al Tauben­ber­ger, president of the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce. A dir­ect be­ne­fi­ciary of Cham­ber sup­port has been Agust­aWest­land, a heli­copter design and manufacturing com­pany headquartered in Italy and with a location at 3050 Red Li­on Road. At one time, the loc­al site had 50 employees and pretty much put the finishing touches on helicopters. Now, there are 600 employees who handle every as­pect of the operation…


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Tom Waring, “Business is booming” NorthEastTimes January 28, 2015,

Burholme honors Quaker Diner owner

…The Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation last week honored Quaker Diner own­er Semo Kasti­nos for his years of provid­ing food at the group’s monthly meet­ings…

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Tom Waring, “Burholme honors Quaker Diner owner” NorthEastTimes, June 17, 2015



The other big Philadelphia political race: at-large seats on City Council

…Taubenberger is optimistic since he came close before. “I was a 163 votes short of 80,000 cast,” he said. “So you look at those numbers for three years, you know where they are and know you can do better and particularly when you look at the at-large councilpeople and you are not satisfied with what you see and you motivate yourself to run again and that’s what I’m doing”…


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Tom MacDonald, “The other big Philadelphia political race: at-large seats on City Council” NewsWorks, March 20 2015,



Taubenberger: The Ultimate Neighbor

…The ultimate good neighbor, the guy you want living on your street. He’ll roll your car window up when it rains, and he’ll watch your house when you go away. He’s a family guy…


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PhillyMag “Politics: Poor Al” PhillyMag, September 27, 2007