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Fairfield County Burger Joints, Watch Out, the Real Deal Is Coming to Westport! Shake Shack- Westport, CT

11 Jun

Update:  Shake Shack is open for business!  Let the noming begin. ;)

We love burgers. Duh! Yep, we love them and their evil step sisters, french fries and milkshakes. So naturally when we heard Shake Shack was coming to Westport sometime in late 2011, we did a little happy dance. The funny part though, was that the happy dance was based solely off my boss, Darryl Ohrt’s, raving of the joint. We actually had never tried it. Yeah, blasphemy, we know.

But fret not. Like the good little bloggers we are we immediately hit the road for a day in the city that started at MoMA (wow, highly recommend) and ended at one of the infamous Shake Shack locations (in the Theater District to be exact). Now, I say infamous only because it’s so damn good you can’t help eating ’til it hurts.

We’ve tried a lot of  “better fast food” burgers in our life and from all over the U.S. – Five Guys Burgers and Fries, In-N-Out Burger, Whattaburger, Fatburger, Cheeburger Cheeburger, and many more.  And while it’s been quite some time since we’ve had some of those, we think it’s safe to say that Shake Shack is one of the best.

Since it’s called SHAKE Shack, let’s start with dessert first. The shakes were rich and creamy, thick, but not so thick you couldn’t get it through the straw. I got the chocolate shake and it was so choc-o-licious. Danny got the peanut butter shake and he swears it was the best he ever had. Peanut butterific if you will. Um yeah. And while we didn’t get to try the custards (‘cuz we’re pigs, but even we have our limits), we have to mention that they have a different custard for every month that you can view on their custard calendar (which I’d love to link you to, but can’t because their website is all flash, tsk tsk).

Continuing to go backwards in the progression of our meal let’s talk fries! The fries were crinkle cut, which actually is my least favorite french fry. They always end up being too soggy and starchy in the center. This wasn’t the case for these fries though. They were nice and crispy all the way though with just the right amount of salt. Oh, and of course I got mine smothered with cheese. Hot, creamy cheese. Mmmm.

What? I couldn't wait to take the picture before I started eating it.

Now, onto the slice of heaven in a toasty bun… the burger. I had my standard, go-to burger so I could gauge the taste against other burgers and, well, because I love my burgers this way. That’s lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, ketchup and the best part, extra pickles. YUM! There are only so many things you can say about a standard burger, and all those things were perfect. Perfectly cooked medium, nice flavor, nice thickness, juicy, the bun seemed fresh, crispy/toasty on the outside and gooey in the middle. Yep, everything you could love in a burger.  Danny had the Shack Burger. That’s American cheese, lettuce, tomato and the secret shack sauce, a delicious mayo and ketchup based sauce. His verdict was the same as mine. A fantastic burger.

And as if this all wasn’t enough, Danny also had the Shack Cago Dog. That’s an all-beef Vienna dog on a hearty potato roll “dragged through the garden,” which means topped with a whole lot of veggies, relish, onions, cucumber, pickle, tomato, pepper, and celery salt, hold the mustard for Danny the mustard hatta. Danny said the dog was awesome, with that nice casing snap you look for in a dog and fresh toppings. And, well, who doesn’t love a nice, thick potato roll to hold it all together?

Needless to say, Danny and I are so psyched for Shake Shack to come to Westport later this year. They’re definitely going to give some of our local faves a run for their money, but for us, well, it’s just one more awesome place to enjoy a bit of burger heaven!

Noms: 4.25

Cost: $$

Shake Shack
Adress: Coming soon to 1849 Post Road East Westport, CT
Site: http://www.shakeshack.com/ 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ShakeShackFans 
 

A Burger and Fries Slam Dunk: Benny’s Fast Break-Stamford, CT

26 May

Hungry much?

Update:  Benny’s Fast Break has closed.

Bennet’s might be gone and Bar Rosso in its place, but you can’t keep a good hot dog down, or is it you can’t keep a bad hot dog down? Either way, Benny’s Fast Break remains an awesome little shop, owned by NBA ref Bennett Salvatore.  Last summer we stopped by one night and saw the man, himself, in all his glory, talking with his staff and customers.  You got the feeling that he cared about his staff, the people who ate at his spot, and was just a nice guy.  Maybe not all the NBA players thought so with a whistle blow here, a hand gesture there, but I don’t know if they’ve ever had his burgers, fries, dogs, and shakes.  If they haven’t, that’s a foul.

The Layup:

I had a nice and thick strawberry milkshake.  The ice cream they used was great, giving the shake a strong strawberry taste.  Kristien’s root beer float was also darn good.  Once again, they did things right and give a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream atop the float.  Isn’t it a major bummer when you get a root beer float and you have two little scoops of ice cream that are eaten up in four bites?  Yeah, not here at Benny’s Fast Break

The Two-Pointer:

I ordered the cajun fries.  Hafta say, we’re  big fans of these fries.  Shoestring, cut nice and thin, crispy on the outside, but still soft in the middle.  The cajun seasoning added a nice spice and kick to them.  So good (gasp) I didn’t need ketchup.  Kristien had the cheese fries, smothered in ample amounts of cheese, which she loved.  Next time we’re going to try the sweet potato fries and especially the mac & cheese bites.   Holla.

The Touch Down, er, Three Pointer.

Breaking down the court, we went for the game.  We both had burgers and I had a dog, a very special dog.  Kristien had your everyday cheese burger, stacked with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup, and mayo.  But, it was more than everyday…it was a good, solid burger.  A bit juicier than Burgers, Shakes & Fries and just a few notches below Filling Station Company.  I had Special Burger #5, smothered in a subdued provolone, A-1 steak sauce, mushrooms, and grilled onions.  At first, we were skeptical about the provolone in there, but it worked very well and wasn’t overpowering at all.  I had asked for medium-rare, but got a well done burger, so that was a bit disappointing, but there was still good flavor in that burger.

Finishing up, I had Special Dog #1.  They split this dog down the middle, then grill ‘um up.  Right down the middle they throw in crispy bits of bacon, cheddar cheese (I 86’d it), and a spicy chipotle sauce.  If you are an Omnomivore, then you might remember my aversion and extreme hatred of everything mayo.  Well, the sauce had mayo in it, but you know what…it was actually very good.  It was smooth, creamy, and had a slight smoky taste to it.  The dog was good, but could have been grilled more to get more flavor and get a nice crispy skin.

Despite these two fouls, Benny’s Fast Break lands tons of great shots and won’t put a major hole in your pocket.  The menu has lots of options to suit any kind of taste and you can even eat outside on some benches on those nice summer nights.  So, if your mouth has been dribbling as you read and saw the pictures, get yo’ self down to Benny’s Fast Break.  Also, come by Tuesdays for $1 hot dogs and even breakfast starting at 6 am.  Seriously, better hope that Takeru Kobayashi doesn’t show up.

Noms: 3.5

Cost: $$

Benny’s Fast Break

Address: 17 Bridge Street

Stamford, CT 06905

Phone:  203-569-4990

Site:  http://www.bennysfastbreak.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/bennysfastbreak?ref=ts

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Fast food, redefined – Station Eats (Filling Station), New Canaan

21 Nov

I’m just going to admit it:  I cannot live without hot dogs or burgers and I don’t care if the high-class, oh-so-sophisticated foodies knock me.  Besides, when you’re at Filling Station (now called Station Eats) it’s not your average, weak, thoughtless, passionless, grill-um-up-and-spit-um-out burger and dog shop.  This place has chops, character, and a great philosophy behind it:  eat well, eat organic, eat local.

Let me give you a play-by-play of ordering, so you don’t seem like such a noob (which I ended up seeming like ’cause I forgot.)  Take a look at the delicious menu that’s posted on the wall when you enter, order one (or more) of two sized burgers, sloppy joe, or dog by the burger presses, then step on down by the register.  When your burger or dog’s grilled, they’ll ask what toppings and sauce you’d like to add and help you to customize your own bit of nirvana.  You have an arsenal of toppings to choose from, most free, some premium at a dollar per choice.  Oh, it’s worth it.

Well, we both wanted to try the famed Fall Turkey Burger.  You’ve got free range turkey from Lancaster County, tomato, lettuce, fresh sage, thick cut bacon, smothered in a decadent and tangy cranberry aoili sauce.  FANTASTIC! Crinkle cut fries with this did the trick:  they were crispy on the outside, yet soft right in the middle.  Really good fries, and organic too.  Their burgers are fairly sized–not too big or small, just right.  By now you might realize that I can take down my food nicely, so I definitely had to order a hot dog to go with that.  I had two premium ingredients on top:  chili with beef from local and organic Wolfe’s Neck Farm and apple-braised sauerkraut.  To that I added raw onions and jalapenos. The peppers added a nice kick to the pup, the chili gave a nice meaty contrast, and the sauerkraut finished it off with an amazing bite at the end.

I was already in heaven, but you really do need something to wash all that amazing food down.  Sure, they have water, but one of their specialties here are their nice and thick milkshakes.  It just so happens that this month they have a special one that brought me to my knees upon the first sip:  pumpkin milkshake.  The shake was thick, yet very creamy.  The taste was outstanding and spot on.  Have you ever tasted a really great pumpkin pie?  Yeah, that’s this shake.  Well done, because they didn’t overpower you with too much spice.

We got to talking with Seth, one of the owners and he shared his passion for his shop and for burgers in general.  He’s been all over the country, tasting burgers whenever he can.  He has a real love of the restaurant and that exudes from him. Kristien and I talked about coming here when the shop opened when he asked if we had one of the regular burgers and he said that they’ve really been tweaking the burger recipe.  Seth asked if we’d like to try them on him, the new and improved versions.  Who are we to refuse?  Two highlights to my burger:  the fried curly onions I asked to be put on top and the fact that it was approaching medium in terms of being cooked.  That made the burger juicy, fresh, and flavorful.  Fantastic burger!

Be on the look out because Filling Station has got some great things in the works…you just might see them open up somewhere else nearby soon.  If it’s any closer than New Canaan, I might have problems.  Serious burger problems!

They definitely deserve 4.5 Noms.  This is the kind of place that you can go to time after time and still order new variations of a tried and true favorite.  I haven’t even tried their sloppy joes yet, so there’s even more reason for me to head back.

Very inexpensive, coming in at only $27! Cash or check only, btw.

Tres Leches Shake/Cinco de Mayo Burger, Caramel Sea Salt Shake/Bacon Bleu Cheese Burger,

Cap’n Crunch Shake/Guinness Chocolate Shake/Buffalo Wing Burger, Original Review

Noms:  4.5

Cost:  $$

Filling Station
Address:  19 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT 06840-5411
Phone:  (203) 966-4445
Site:  http://fillingstationco.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/fillingstationco
 
 

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