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May 27, 2014
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(Even More) Best Burgers in Connecticut for National Burger Day May 28

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And what we just said about readers pitching in has started to happen. A comment on our best burgers Facebook post suggested that we include Burger Bar & Bistro in SoNo. It only took a couple of clicks to realize that the comment was on target and that, in fact, we honored Burger Bar as part of our Best of Connecticut 2010: Food and Drink. Here's what that accolade said:

Burger Bar & Bistro South Norwalk, (203) 853-2037 (burgerbarsono.com)
It’s pretty amazing that with all the restaurants in South Norwalk, this lively, family-friendly burgerie is always full. You can’t go wrong with their “AAAmazing” burger (7-ounce, $7.75), made with organic beef and topped with lettuce, tomato and onion (20 other toppings are available), though “Innovative” burgers like the Rob ($14), with guacamole, chili sour cream and Pico de Gallo, are also pretty irresistible.

It also just occured to us that some of the best burgers in Connecticut can be found at David Burke Prime Steakhouse at Foxwoods Resort Casino, and best of all, they can be had for bargain prices during special promotions:

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12 PM to 4 PM, sink your teeth into a juicy burger by Chef David Burke for just $5.
Add lobster bisque, salad, or fries for just a few dollars more!

 

How about some gourmet burgers news? This just in: Chef Bobby Flay has revamped his signature menu at Bobby's Burger Palace for the first time since opening six years ago.

That's good news for Connecticut burger lovers, as there's a Bobby's Burger Palace at Mohegan Sun Casino, and its updated menu, according to press material, includes these tempting choices among the new burgers.

*         Carolina Burger (shown below) with smoked American cheese, green onion slaw and mustard BBQ sauce (Customers started their  own Facebook page in 2010 to campaign to get this Burger of the Month special on the permanent menu. Check it out here.)
*         New Mexico Burger with queso sauce, roasted green chiles and pickled red onions
*        Vegas Burger made with White American cheese, Fresno red chiles and BBQ potato chips
*         Brunch Burger with fried egg, smoked bacon, and American cheese (previously offered only as a Burger of the Month special, now a permanent addition to the menu)

We haven't tasted these new burgers yet but are heading to Bobby's Burger Palace later this week. Check back for our tasting notes, and to see how this burger story will continue to sizzle with new entries as National Burger Month rolls along.

Well, here's one way the story evolves. We just bumped into a photo of a delicious-looking burger at Backstage in Torrington, which made us recall how much our reviewer Elise Maclay liked Backstage and its burgers in her October 2011 review.

Here's what she said about the burgers:

Backstage burgers, the menu informs, are made with fresh-ground, certified Angus beef  (eight ounces) on house-baked buns.

We tried the House Classic, made with Cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and red onion—a gourmet bargain we liked so much we vowed to return to sample some of the more exotic burger options. Dry-rubbed skillet-blackened Ragin’ Cajun? The Italian, with pesto and fresh mozzarella? Next time.

Once again, we say venture forth and enjoy, knowing well that this isn't the end of juicy updates to this story!

It didn't take long. The spring issue of Fairfield County Life magazine, published by Minuteman Newspapers, reminded us of the great burger (left) at Local Kitchen & Bar in Fairfield, which is made with certified Angus beef from Pineland Farms in Maine.

Here's what the menu has to say:

burger, house grind, lettuce, tomato,
special sauce, challah bun, pickle, chips 11,
fried green tomato +2,
farm egg +1.5,
crispy smoked bacon +2,
grilled portabella and onion +2,
gluten free bun +1,
fries +4

It's Wednesday, May 7, at this point, and the latest great burger that's come to our attention emerged from a June magazine story in the works about public and semi-private golf courses in Connecticut with the best post-links dining and imbibing amenties. One of the best in the state is On the Rocks at Fox Hopyard, a fine restaurant known, among other things, for its great burger.

On the Rocks' Back Woods Burger (shown above) is described on the website like this: Four Mile River Farm all natural beef, smoked bacon, grilled portobello mushrooms, onion, crispy fries. So if you play golf and love great burgers, On the Rocks is a May must-visit spot, and if you don't golf, the beauty of great golf course amenties like this one is that they welcome anyone for dinner (And On the Rocks has lots of special events such as wine dinners and more.)

Stay tuned; National Burger Month continues and so will our additions to this story.

 

(Even More) Best Burgers in Connecticut for National Burger Day May 28

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