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Our favorite burger joint comes to Stamford! New Beach Burger/Mr. Frosty’s Spot in Harbor Point.

28 May

A bacon wrapped hot dog with guacamole, pico de gallo, and jalapeno (Tijuana Dog) can soon be yours in Stamford!

Update:  Today and tomorrow are soft openings in preparation for Friday’s Grand Opening of Mr. Frosty’s!  Who’s in?  

Directions:  read the following question then choose the best answer.

1)  Add one part Mr. Frosty’s in Norwalk, mix in a second part The Beach Burger, then dash in some Harbor Point Stamford and guess what you get?

A) A ridiculously, magically delicious restaurant that rivals the awesomeness of unicorns.

B) Another reason to visit Stamford.

C) Another reason to be alive.

D) All of the above.

If you are any good at these kinds of questions, you picked D.  Let’s show you why D is correct. Restaurant owner, Anthony Luciani gave us the exclusive scoop:

Anthony Luciani has the magic touch.  Mr. Frosty’s, on 6 1st Street in Norwalk, has a devoted following and we’ve never seen it empty.  Maybe it’s the 3o or so hard ice cream, sherbert, and sorbert flavors, or maybe it’s their soft serve and froyo options, their bountiful sundaes, or their thick whipped razzles?  Nah, couldn’t be.

But even more magical is his other joint, The Beach Burger, right next door.  They are the 2011 OmNomy Winner for Best Burger.  It’s hard to go wrong here:  from the Bynum Burger, to the classic Beach Burger, to an oyster-laden Surf & Turf Burger.  But, they also have some killer hot dogs, such as the Tijuana dog that has a bacon wrapped wiener, guacamole, jalapenos, and pico de gallo.  Our other favorite thing to order are their killer milkshakes.  Apple Pie, PB&J, and Nut Crusher are our great loves that we dream of as we go to sleep.  Plus, they’ve got some really great seafood dishes Kristien raves about like lobster, oyster and clam rolls.

So, why have I told you so much about both spots?

Well, if the title and the first question didn’t already give it away, both will come together in Anthony’s new spot on 100 Washington Boulevard in the Harbor Point part of Stamford.  It’s a very similar set up to Mr. Frosty’s in Norwalk:  you’ll walk up to the window, place your order, then take your food and take a seat at one of the picnic benches outside.  Don’t limit yourself, though.  Just walk about a block and you’ll be right on the docks and can stroll along and chomp on a burger, sip on a shake, or tackle a monster sundae.

You’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful spring, summer, and fall with them because they’ll be open from March through November, too. Anthony is still tweaking the menu a bit, but you’ll have nearly all the same options from The Beach Burger in your gluttonous arsenal as well as pretty much all the ice creams from Mr. Frosty’s.


Mr. Frosty’s/The Beach Burger

100 Washington Boulevard

Stamford, CT

Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 10:00pm

Friday – Saturday 8:30 am to 11:00pm

Sunday 11:00 am-10:00pm

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Jake’s Wayback Burgers Goes to the Way Back of Our List – Stamford, CT

27 Mar

They split their wieners here!

Let’s just get down to business, no messing around. I mean burgers are serious business, no? Jake’s Wayback Burgers opened up on Monday at their newest location, 324 Hope Street in Stamford. So, after taking a nice walk on Thursday, we figured we had earned a nice meal, so we hit up Jake’s. What? An hour walk doesn’t burn 1,000 calories? Psh, whatever.

Kristien wants crayons, but her excellent shading works, too. That art degree sure did pay off! ;)

Parking is a little tight here, but there is also some street parking if you can’t deal. But then again, it was pretty packed  from people wanting to try out the new spot in town and will likely not be as jammed in a few weeks.

When we walked in we thought the decor had a fun 50s vibe, back when burger joints were hip places to hang. Hungry and about to faint, we drooled over the menu:  hand-made burgers, hand-dipped milkshakes, hot dogs, chicken, sides, sandwiches, and salads.  We ordered a Junior Burger, Junior Cheeseburger, Chili Dog, Onion Rings, French Fries, Chocolate Banana Shake, and a Chocolate Strawberry Shake.  Here’s what we thought:

Burgers

My Junior Burger, surrounded with a host of onion rings

You can just say “Everything,” and you’ll be given ketchup, mustard, pickles, raw onions, lettuce, and tomato on your burger.  Some other free extras are mayonnaise, grilled onions, jalapeños, relish, and sweet peppers.  Bacon, mushroom, and chili are 70 cents more each…not bad.  My burger was ordered with everything except the mustard with relish and jalapeño, too.  Kristien had hers the typical way:  everything, no mustard, add mayo, extra pickles. The bun wasn’t too thick at all which was good, but the patty was super thin, mushy and dry…reminiscent of McDonald’s. The burgers seemed to almost be fried because of the way the patty looked and how greasy it was, though we were told by the owner that they were grilled.  The toppings helped to make the flavor decent enough to eat, but the patty by itself was just blah.

Onion Rings and Fries

The onion rings had way more breading than we like, but were crispy and large.  The fries had some skin on them and were a little crispy but not ideal, plus they were luke-warm when they got to us which was disappointing.  The fries were better than Fives Guys‘, though.

Chili Dog

The chili had lots of flavor and spice.  They served the wiener split, and piled the divide with jalapeños.  It was a decent hot dog, but we prefer the hot dogs at Station Eats and even Dairy Inn. And don’t get us started on how much we love Super Duper Weenie!

Milkshakes

Decent thickness for the Chocolate-Banana milkshake...yeah.

Kristien had the Chocolate Strawberry Milkshake, which had a very strong strawberry flavor.  It was served at a medium thickness, a bit thinner than mine.  My shake was Chocolate Banana and it had a very subtle banana flavor.  The thickness was right on and wasn’t too hard to drink.  I liked this shake, but Kristien prefers it thicker though she did like the flavor.

Overall Thoughts

Although Jake’s can be found all over the Northeast and is expanding month after month, we feel they could be skipped over in favor of other burger spots.  If you want a slightly better burger than McDonald’s or another fast food option, this is a good spot.  You can eat here, take your order home, you can call your order ahead, or even order online.  But, if you want a great burger, check out Station Eats in New Canaan and Stamford, Beach Burger in Norwalk, and Plan B Burger Bar later this year instead.

Jake’s Wayback Burgers

Noms: 2.75

Cost: $$

Address: 324 Hope Street

Stamford, CT

Phone: (203) 961-8700

Fax:  (203) 961-9722

Site:  http://www.waybackburgers.com

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The Juicy Deets on the New Station Eats – Stamford, CT

27 Feb

Ladies and gents: Station Eats in Stamford!

We had just driven into Stamford after our trip from Orlando and we knew what we had to do.  Yeah, the flight was super early so we had breakfast at 7, so by 1 we were starving.  A hungry Danny is a grumpy Danny, so we parked on Atlantic Street by the Palace Theater and walked up the Stairway to Heaven past Izet’s, aka the stairway that takes you to Station Eats.  They’ve only been open here for a few days, but you might have had their food at the original New Canaan spot.  We came in and one of the owners, Nick Type, rushed over to thank us for coming in and telling us that he was just about to write us so that we could try out the new food.  Seriously, we’re all synched up when it comes to burgers, fries, dogs, and shakes. Seth Leifer, the other owner, was there too and was beaming with excitement behind the counter.

Gentle reminders on where to go…

Immediately we were struck with how awesome Station Eats in Stamford is.  There is a giant communal table with lots of other tables nearby for you to sit at. If you’ve been to the New Canaan spot, you’ll see the difference.  Also, starting soon, there will be tables and umbrellas set up on their front deck.  Yes, a beer garden in the heart of Stamford.  Beautiful!  Bright orange arrows push you along like booster power ups and take you to the menu.  Let’s recap so you don’t mess up the system:

The Station Eats menu in all its glory

1)  Look at menu and decide what you want.

2) Order your grilled item and fries.

3) Have them pile on your toppings:  free and premium.

4) Order your shakes and drinks.

5) Pay up, now with credit card as an option too!

I ordered a burger with lettuce, tomato, onions, extra pickles, some mayo and ketchup.  To go with that I had a vanilla milkshake with Fruity Pebbles and cheese fries.  Danny had a hot dog with station chili, relish, grilled onions, and jalapeños.  He washed that down with a coffee milkshake with bits of oreo mixed up and station chili fries.  Along with all this goodness, Nick also gave us a try of his chocolate bourbon shake aka the U-Turn.  Here we go:

The Burger

The burger, plain and simple…

The burgers at Station Eats are always cooked to perfection for me:  nice and pink on the inside, a great medium rare.  Ah, the way it should be.  The patties are juicy, full of flavor, and aren’t too big.  The hamburger buns are just right, too, and complement the burgers nicely.  All natural, organically raised local beef makes for a great burger.

The Fries

Station chili and cheese fries, YUM

Fries here are crinkle cut and can be ordered plain, with cheese, with station chili, or with cheese and station chili.  They come out crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle.  Really great fries, especially with the chili or cheese.

The Dogs

Spicy and chili wiener

The bun came out grilled nicely with a buttery taste, so good.  The dog was grilled up nicely and the toppings just made it right for Danny.  Overall, a great beef hot dog, though you can also get a veggie or chicken dog.  The station chili added a nice deep flavor, while the jalapeños gave the dog a nice kick.

The Shakes

Danny took down 2 out of 3 of these!

I’m never one to finish a shake, even if I do love it, but my vanilla and Fruity Pebble shake was so damn good I drank it down to the last bits.  The shakes work simple here:  medium or large; order vanilla, chocolate, coffee, or strawberry ice cream;  add in Fruity Pebbles, Oreos, chocolate pearls, or graham crackers.  Danny couldn’t get enough of the coffee and Oreo milkshake and recommends that combo.

Don’t be disappointed because the shake (and burger) of the month is still alive and active here.  Follow Station Eats on FB or sign up for their e-mails to get info on what shake and burger will be featured each month.  Well, onto their new milkshakes, the adult kind:  Hi-Octane Shakes.  The final pen strokes are being signed on the liquor license, so you can expect to have these shakes by the end of February/start of March.  We’ll update you on that, of course.

As I said before, Nick let us try the chocolate bourbon with Oreo shake, the U-Turn.  This was great, had a nice kick from the bourbon, but still managed to be refreshing. It’ll be perfect to have a dog or burger, sit outside in the beer garden, and sip on the adult shakes.  Ahhh.  You’ll also be able to try Red Light with vodka, strawberry, graham crackers, and vanilla ice cream or Freeway with Kahlua, vodka, and vanilla ice cream.  A medium is $7.25 and a large is $8.15, still cheaper than most bars that you’d hit up…score.

The Drinks

Ever feel taken advantage of when you hit up a restaurant and they bleed you dry when you order beer and wine?  Well, drinks won’t be too much here.  You can buy glasses of beer (PBR, Magic Hat #9, Narragansett, and Brooklyn Lager) and even pitchers at drinkworthy prices.  Yup, PBR pitchers at $9 and Magic Hat #9 pitchers at $16.  You can also order red, white, or sparkling wine at very reasonable prices.  A Pinot Noir at $20, a Pinot Grigio at $15, and a half bottle of Proscecco at $14 are just some of the deals here.

The Future

Danny and Nick talking. Look at all that space, too!

Station Eats seems to have a bright future in Downtown Stamford.  There will be a beer garden for those beautiful days when you have to be outside.  They plan to have live music pumping out, making the garden even more fun, too.  And, when things go well in Stamford, they will consider staying open later on Friday and Saturday so that you can get your eats and drink on.  The food is great quality here and it won’t take long to make up the burger or dog of your dreams.  There are lots of vegetarian options and you can even get a Station Salad for those lighter days when a burger might push you over the edge.  The one obstacle that Station Eats faces is their location, but once people begin to see that they are up the stairs, there won’t be a problem anymore.  They’ll be installing some signs and lots of people are getting the word out.  So, remember that you can always head back (at least) once a month to try out their burger and shake of the month.  Or, if you’re one of those lucky people that work in Downtown Stamford, you’ve got the perfect lunch spot to hit up every single day.  Work’s not that bad anymore, is it?

Om nom nom nom…

Tres Leches Shake/Cinco de Mayo BurgerCaramel Sea Salt Shake/Bacon Bleu Cheese Burger,Cap’n Crunch Shake/Guinness Chocolate Shake/Buffalo Wing BurgerOriginal Review
 
Noms: 4.5
Cost: $$
Station Eats
Address:  3 Landmark Square (across from Palace Theater and above Izet’s on Atlantic Street)
                  Stamford, Connecticut 06901
Phone:  (203) 588-0960
Parking Info:  Pull into the parking lot below Station Eats (70 Atlantic Street is the entrance) and they’ll validate your parking ticket on weekdays after 5pm and all day on weekends.
Site:  http://fillingstationco.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/fillingstationco

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