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Hipster + Dog Sanctioned: PBR for BBR Fundraiser at Burger Bar + Bistro – SoNo, CT

11 Sep

If you know anything about us here at OmNomCT, you know that:

  1. We are hipster-approved
  2. We love to show this by making fun graphics, especially Pabst Blue Ribbon cans with fancy mustaches
  3. We love doggies
  4. We love burgers
  5. We will help doggies in need, however we can

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The Talk of the Town: Darien Social Now Open!

23 Jan

The Chef

Nick Biello, the bad boy chef who rocketed Burger Bar & Bistro into Connecticut burger fame, is up to no good again.  Look at his criminal record:  serving some hard culinary time, just like Michael Young from Valencia, at Habana and Ocean Drive.  Most recent on his record?  Revamp the menu of Grand Burger Bar in Stamford and make it illegally good.  Well, here he comes again as Executive Chef of Darien Social.   

The Food

His inspiration this time around?  Take some of the tried and true American classics, and twist ’em up a bit, push some boundaries, get you trying new things.  Expect a plethora of farmstead cheese (yummm) and small plate options such as local oysters (yummm), deviled eggs (more yumm),…okay.  Just going to stop, so hungry, these are all my faves.  Okay, pork belly “BLT” sliders with tomato aioli and arugula.  Also, we hear that people will be beating down Darien Social‘s doors just to get a serving of some Swedish Meatballs (better than Ikea’s I bet) that are served with some sweet jam, toast, and a gravy made with foie gras.

Some of the bigger dishes are a grilled artichoke pizza with sun dried tomato and fontina or the Social Burger (organic beef) topped with caramelized onion, black pepper truffle mayo, and Shelburne cheddar.  Ah.muh.Gawd.  So wanting that.  There’s a great iceberg salad, pork osso bucco, wild salmon with Swiss chard, and what Danny wants to try:  NY strip served with homemade duck fat fries, bone marrow, cherry wheat butter and herb salad.  Yeah, I’ll have to steal some of his.

Expect great desserts, too.  They’ll have a smooth and luscious vanilla pot de creme topped with sugar cookies, freshly baked cookies with granola milk, and a killer (to the third power) root beer float topped with mascarpone ice cream!  Yeah, we already know what we want to order.   You won’t have to wait very long!  They are now open. Plus, check them out in Darien’s Restaurant Week from 2/6-2/10 for a nice prix fixe three-coursed deal.  We’ll have info on that shortly.

The Drinks

Mike Boughton is in charge of drinks here.  Although he started in ’99 at Southport Brewing Company, he became a Sommelier through the Sommelier Society of America. So, expect to get great wine, great beer, and great mixed drinks.  Let’s start with the taps:  31.  Yeah, that’s impressive.  That’s a beer to go with any kind of dish Nick can cook up.  The wine list will travel around the world, taking the best flavors and grapes, and putting them on the menu for you.  They’ll feature a Flaca Margarita made with Don Julio, agave nectar, fresh lime, and Combier and a “Moscow Mule” made with Tito’s vodka, fresh lime, blackberry infused simple syrup, and ginger beer.  Lastly, they’ll have premium scotch and whiskey to have with or after your dinner.  One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to try drinking scotch, so maybe I’ll start here? Such lofty goals I have.

Now open for nomming!

Noms: TBD
Cost: TBD
Darien Social
10 Center Street
Darien, CT
(203) 614-8183
Site:  http://www.dariensocialct.com

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A Dog Gone Good Time at Burger Bar & Bistro – South Norwalk, CT

25 Oct

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Burger Bar & Bistro in SoNo has gone to the dogs…literally. And we like it that way! See, when our friend Melissa Gautier told us that they had a new doggy menu a few weeks ago, we knew we had to try it out STAT.  I mean you know how big of dog people we are, right? So we gathered up our pup, Maynard, and took him down to SoNo for some outside dining.  And of course, while we were there we figured that we might as well enjoy some great burgers and sides too, duh!

Maynard’s Meal

Om nom nom nom ice cream nom nom

Let’s start off with the dog menu!  When we sat down we were greeted by the new owner, Pat, a big dog lover who has been changing up Burger Bar and making it awesome for the past 9 months.  For Maynard’s first course, Pat brought him a nice cup filled with Gifford’s Vanilla Ice cream and an iced bowl of water. From the look of Maynard’s crazy eyes in the picture above, I think you can tell he loved it! For his second course we debated between the  4 oz. Angus patty w/ American cheese or the 6 oz. chicken breast with American cheese, but ultimately decided to give him the 4 oz. all beef hot dog with American cheese with a side of sweet potato fries, skins on.  When Maynard got the hot dog it was split in half and grilled nicely.  Of course like any dog would do when presented with yumminess, he tried to down it all in one bite.  Hell, we turned away for one second to have a bite of our burgers and it was gone! Yeah! He also liked the fries, but at that point he was so full he actually stopped himself after a few. Hm, he apparently has more self control than his parents! : 0

Sides

Now onto the people food! As soon as we sat down at our table, we had a nice bowl of crispy and lightly salted, homemade potato chips. Yum. When we checked in we saw Foursquare reccos for the Disco Fries and heard the people next to us raving about them. Yep, that’s fries smothered in warm brie cheese sprinkled with white truffle oil.  OMG! But, being the cheese wuss that Danny is, he just couldn’t do it! Bummer! So, instead of making a real choice at that point, we decided to go for the sidekick sampler – that’s four sides for just 8 measly bucks. Perfect for the foodie commitmentphobes we are. Here are the sides we nommed on:

1) Mac & Cheese:  You know what a Mac & Cheese freak I am so I can say this one was very unique and very good.  It’s made with Pecorino, Cheddar & Parmesan Cheese, Pasta, Cream & Seasoned Bread Crumbs.  The Pecorino Romano adds a wicked kick and makes this memorable. You’d think with all these harder cheeses it wouldn’t be creamy, but it totally was.

2) Frickles:  Hands down the best fried pickles that we’ve ever had.  Not breaded too much, not soggy, not too much salt, and still maintained its pickleness. DELISH!

3) Onion rings:  The smaller rings were good and crispy, but the bigger ones had too much breading and that made the breading too doughy and not done.  The flavor was good, but wouldn’t say these were great.

4) Green fries:  We didn’t know what these were, but our friend Darryl actually left a Foursquare tip saying these were awesome.  Man, we love Foursquare.  So yeah, these were lightly breaded, seasoned green beans. A crispy batter over equally crispy green beans. All in all, pretty solid.

Burgers

B.E.C. Burger. Yes, those are french fries.

So onto the burgers. Pink or not pink, those are your options for ordering burgers here.  Of course we both got ‘um pink, but settled on different ones.  Danny got the B.E.C. burger:  piled up with applewood smoked bacon, a runny egg, double the American cheese, a handful of fries, and spicy ketchup.  Danny actually thought the french fries came on the side so he was surprised to see them as part of the burger.  The burger, upgraded to Kobe for $4, was medium (only slightly pink unfortunately), juicy, and full of beefy flavor.  The toppings jived so well together and Danny swears it’s killer.  So killer, in fact, he thinks it should be renamed Heart Attack Burger.

The Boomer Burger in its goat cheesy creaminess

I got the Boomer, a burger with mushrooms and goat cheese, sprinkled with truffle oil. Surprise goat cheese. Man, I’m so predictable.  It was cooked more than Danny’s and wasn’t pink, so that was a disappointment. Because of that, it wasn’t as moist as I had hoped.  What the burger lacked in “doneness,” it gained in flavor from the toppings.  The mushrooms were sautéed nicely and the burger was coated with a nice smathering of goaty cheesiness.  The truffle oil?  Just the right amount to add that nice earthy kick that you can only get from truffle oil.

Overall Impressions

Burger Bar & Bistro has really improved their service, offerings, and food since changing owners.  The burgers are not the best we’ve had, but they’re solid.  They may just need to spend less time on the grill if they are ordered pink.  The sides are very good overall and worth ordering a bunch of.  They have a nice beer selection to boot, with Danny downing some Oskar Blues Gubna–that’s 10% abv, wusses.  Just as great and so much cuter is the dog menu.  Seriously, can anybody compete with that?  Top it off with Wednesday Dog Nights, free wi-fi, Trivia Tuesday, Karaoke Thursday, and a Football Tailgate menu Saturday-Monday nights and you’ve got an awesome spot.

Noms: 3.5

Cost: $$$
 
 Burger Bar & Bistro
Address: 60 North Main Street
South Norwalk (SoNo), CT
Phone:  (203) 853-2037
Site: http://www.burgerbarandbistro.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/BurgerBarSono?sk=wall
 
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