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

25 Oct

Om nom nom nom hot dog nom nom nom

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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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 
 

Best Hot Dog in CT? Keep Driving: Glenwood Drive-in–Hamden, CT

3 May

Some bad boys all charred and loaded up!

On the way to New Haven this week, we needed a nice lunch spot.  Ola was closed for lunch, which we’re still dying to go to.  Along the way, though, we did hear about Glenwood Drive-in.  There were many great reviews and on their site they pimped out “Best Hot Dog in CT” award from Connecticut Magazine.  We lived down the road from Super Duper Weenie for a while, so we know what the best hot dogs are all about.  Using Super Duper as the bar, we walked in ready to be surprised.

Your everyday, average, ordinary burger.

The inner decor hasn’t changed much because you still get that drive-in feel.  There were plenty of options on the menu to choose from, but the lovely man behind the counter kept barking impatiently at us, “Ya ready? Ya ready?  Ya ready?”  One thing to be said about service:  you don’t rush people when they are making such important choices as hot dog or hamburger, fries or rings!  Well, we kind of went with a hodgepodge of things and decided that was best to get a sampling of the food here.  Again, though, the man behind the counter barked at us, repeating over and over, “Is that the end of your food order?”  Uhm, we needed drinks.  Is there some kind of crazy order to things here that we don’t know about?  We couldn’t help but think of poor Elaine:  “No hot dog for you, come back one year!”  Seriously, that guy needs some anger management classes.  There wasn’t even a person behind us in line and the guy’s trying to get rid of us.

Anywho, we put toppings on two dogs, got some ketchup for fries, and loaded up a burger with goodies.  We definitely liked their toppings bar:  mustard, golden mustard, relish, mustard with relish, onions, sauerkraut, ketchup, and hot pepper relish.  Kristien didn’t have to put a single thing on the lobster roll–it was perfect the way it was made. Well, the hot dog had nice char marks and looked like it would be great and flavorful.  Disappointingly, we both agreed that the hot dogs were good, but not great, not excellent, and certainly not the best hot dogs in CT.  That was a bit of a bummer.  My hamburger was also good, but not great.  It reminded me of the burger from Flipside Burger in Fairfield:  nice toppings, but the patty needed more umph.

Hot damn! Buttered lobster roll!

Kristien raved about the lobster roll.  They do it different here:  they smother the lobster in butter, rather than clog it up with mayo.  I tried a bite of hers and it was really amazing.  Really, of all things available that we tasted, this was the highlight of the meal.  We’d go back for that lobster roll, but probably not much else. The fries were ok, too, but were warm, not hot.  They could have also been crispier, too.

Finally, we were really excited about the onion rings because we knew the entire process to make them was quite demanding.  From start to finish, those rings were handmade.  Sadly, once again, the rings were dull and flavorless, almost like the chef forgot to add the spices and the salt into the breading mixture.  We threw down tons of salt onto them, but even still they were hard to eat.  We always finish our fries and rings, but we left half of them there, desperate and alone.

Is it me, or do those look bland too?

Sadly, we must say we’ve lost faith in people.  For this place to be voted “Best Hot Dog in CT” just seems like a travesty of justice to us.  So, if you’re thinking about heading here, be warned:  the food is so-so, but who wants so-so?  Keep driving by, not driving in.

Noms:  2.5

Cost:  $

Glenwood Drive-in

Address: 2538 Whitney Avenue

Hamden, CT 06518-3032

Phone: (203) 281-0604

Site: www.glenwooddrivein.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Glenwood-Drive-In/115774095109476

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A tasty trifecta FTW! Burgers, Shakes & Fries- Darien, CT

6 Mar

He speaks to me: EAT ME! EAT ME!

Sure, we like to be fancy sometimes. Fancy restaurants with fancy names, fancy dishes, fancy wines, and fancy decor. But sometimes, sometimes we like to get down and dirty with some butter, cheese, and all things greasy!  Well, Burgers, Shakes & Fries was all that and a basket of sweet tots… but more on that later.

In the spot where Bruegger’s Bagels used to reside (who needs chain bagels anyway?), Burgers, Shakes & Fries, or BSF for short, is a great addition to the sometimes slightly stuffy Darien.  With a fun, laid back atmosphere, BSF features a simple menu hanging on the wall, an old fashion malt shop-esque bar to order your food, and a bonus drink bar to order beers and wine. A nice in between of a simple burger joint like Five Guys and a sit-down restaurant like Flipside.

Ok, so I’m just going to warn you now that we ordered enough food for a family of four, but I assure you, it was just us two. I had my favorite burger combo of cheddar, tomato, raw onions, pickles, ketchup, and mayo, while Danny had some fun with his creation adding a fried egg, bacon, and hot peppers. But we didn’t stop there. Danny also ordered up a hot dog with ketchup (a sin in my mind), relish, sauerkraut, hot peppers, and raw onion. Then of course we were sharing a basket of fries, a basket of onion rings, and a basket of sweet potato tots (based on the strong recommendation of @Travrsn). Oh yeah, and a vanilla milkshake for me, and a coffee one for Danny. What? We’re food bloggers. It’s our job to sample a little of everything. (This helps me sleep at night, so just go with it, k?)

So let’s start with the highlights. The burgers are served on buttered. White. Toast. Yes, you heard me. Buttered. White. Toast. HOLY YUM! Seriously, I’ve decided all burgers should come on buttered white toast. Danny and I both agreed that the burgers were cooked very nicely, were super juicy, and had a great taste to them (not just bland ‘ole meat, and nothing fancy either… the perfect burger really).  The toppings were done nicely too, with Danny’s egg yolk nice and soft and the bacon perfectly crispy! Also a highlight were the onion rings. A nice crispy, thick coating of beer batter and a sprinkle of salt… just how we like them!

The sweet tots are a GENIUS addition to the menu. What’s not to love about sweet potatoes cut and shaped into tots and then deep fried? The taste was great, but unfortunately they were a bit soggy. Not sure if this is the norm, or if that batch just didn’t get enough love from the frier. We’ll have to try them again to be sure. Oh darn!! The fries too, were not bad at all, but could’ve used more deep-frying time and some more salt.

And last, but so not least, the milk shakes. These were nice and thick, but not so thick that you couldn’t get it through the straw without the threat of an aneurysm. Danny’s coffee shake tasted delish with a nice strong coffee flavor. Too often coffee shakes don’t taste enough like coffee, but this one did. My vanilla shake was ok, but I like the vanilla to be super strong and this just wasn’t. I definitely prefer the vanilla Filling Station’s shake by far.

Needless to say, we both felt pretty roly poly after this meal (which by the way was just after picking up my new running shoes… man, I better get on that). We would definitely recommend this as a good, go-to burger joint that’s a great local alternative to Five Guys (hey, we love ’em too, but we always pick local first)!

Noms:  3.25
Price:  $
Burgers, Shakes & Fries
Address:  800 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820
Phone: (203) 202-9401
Fax: (203) 202-9403
Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11:30-9:00 ish
Sunday: 12:00-7:00
Site:  http://www.burgersshakesnfries.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/burgersshakesnfries

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Happy Birthday Station Eats (Filling Station)! Free Burgers, T-shirts, Fries, Sloppy Joes, and a Year of Free Lunch to Celebrate! Filling Station–New Canaan, CT

15 Feb

Damn, that’s a lot of frees that you’re slinging around!   Well, it’s not me, it’s all thanks to the awesomeness of Filling Station Company in New Canaan.  They’ve had over 100,000 customers in the first year of business and I can only imagine how many millions more will walk through those lovely doors.  To celebrate how awesome their food is (remember our post on this?) they’ve put together many fun events for the month of March. Check down below to see how you can take part in the fun activities and get your food on.  Aw yeah!!!  If you haven’t had the chance to get to Filling Station Company, you need to go this weekend, naw, today.  Their burgers, dogs, joes, and shakes are killer, are organic, and come from local sources.  But, you should still come down in March for these events because–trust me–you’ll be addicted by then!  If I win one of those shirts and also won the free year of lunches, I’d probably need to bump my “Medium” up to “X-Large.”  Nothing like being hopeful! ;) 

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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