Lazy Boy Saloon: Mc-Boy Burger

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We are back again to the Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains, New York, this time to try a well known and established pub food, the burger, or what Lazy Boy has named the “Mc-Boy.”

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A burger with a good size attached to it, the Mc-Boy is very tender and juicy, almost to the point where it falls apart as you eat it. The American cheese is melted pretty well and the caramelized onions provide a nice sweet taste.

The bacon is prepared well, crunchy and plentiful, and the iceberg lettuce adds a different kind of moisture to the burger than its own juices; the sauce, is sweet and tangy, and really brings the whole thing together.

All in all, a very good burger from Lazy Boy Saloon, and one that I would definitely recommend.

Hudson Social: Cowboy Burger

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After having reviewed the Bruschetta Sampler, its time to see what Hudson Social’s burger menu has in store with the Cowboy Burger.

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Nestled in between a soft brioche and lathered in tangy BBQ sauce, this burger is quite delicious. The patty is very tender and juicy, the pepper-jack cheese carrying with it a slight heat, and the sauteed onions mixing well with the nice, crispy bacon.

Hudson Social definitely makes a really good burger, and I will gladly return for another in the future.

The Cobble Stone: 5 Napkin 14 Spice Stuffed Burger

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Our next food excursion takes us to The Cobble Stone in Purchase New York, where I got to try the 5 Napkin, 14 Spice Stuffed Burger. Now that name is a mouthful and so is the burger, but before we get to the main course, we need to talk about the appetizer – Cobble Stone’s Jalapeno-chedder poppers.

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As an aside, my friends had the Bocconcini Balls appetizer (pictured above), which was very good (they let me try it); with fresh mozzarella, fried coating and marinara sauce its hard to go wrong.

As for my poppers, they were coated with a nice and crunchy breading, had a good creamy cheddar filling, and a mildly hot pepper, all of which coalesced into a great flavor combination. On the side was a sweet black cherry sauce, unlike anything I’ve ever had before, and the perfect sweet counter to the peppers’ spice. I urge everyone to try this – its that good.

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This burger is huge. Housed in a traditional hamburger role and coated in 14 spices, Cobble Stone stuffs the inside of their burger with juicy onions, cheese and chili. The burger itself is thick, tender, and very juicy; the chili was spicy and added even more flair to the 14 spices that were infused into the meat.

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This burger certainly gives you your moneys worth; the meat itself was good and the chili, cheese and onions that it was stuffed with were the perfect combination for this particular concoction. If you are worried you can’t finish it, don’t worry, I couldn’t either and duly discovered that this burger has a great reheat value.

My advice is to go to Cobble Stone, get this burger, and enjoy the heck out of it. I know I will be returning eventually, and I’m looking forward to it immensely.

 

The Branding Iron: The Westerner

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Its time to visit one of the best Burger joints in Peekskill: The Branding Iron.

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This is one hearty burger. It is filling, huge, and quite good. It is so big that it is almost impossible to get your mouth around it for the first few bites.

The patty itself is pretty big and has good flavor, the cheddar cheese is melted well, and the BBQ sauce (instead of ketchup) is nice and sweet.

The onion ring on the burger has a nice crunch, and the sauteed onions were plentiful, as was the crispy bacon.

The bun is brioche and and coated in butter before it is grilled, and in keeping with the theme of the name, is branded on top. Interestingly, the brand itself smells similar to a somewhat charred marshmallow you’d have as a kid.

So if you are ever in the Northwest section of Westchester and want a good burger, visit the Branding Iron in Peekskill, you won’t be disappointed.

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Nat’s Pub: Nat’s Burger

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I’ve been going to Elmsford for years, and every time I went, I’d drive by Nat’s Pub, home of “the best burger in town.” This of course peaked my interest and I’d always tell myself that I was going to go there. Finally, after years of telling myself this, I finally made it to Nat’s Pub.

Nat’s is a hole in the wall venue that makes some pretty good food; and after perusing the menu, I ordered “Nat’s Burger” to see if it truly was the “best burger in town.”

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Now normally I wouldn’t touch a burger that has lettuce and tomato on it, but given this burger’s moniker, I decided not to change anything.

The meat was flavorful, juicy, and had a nice size and thickness to it; you really got a good amount of meat in every bite. The cheese was melted really nicely and covered a good section of the burger. Both the lettuce and the onions added a good crunch to the burger, and the tomato added extra juiciness.

The biggest difference between this and other burgers is that Nat’s tops theirs with mustard, which added a new, spicier flavor that I am not used to; though it was not a bad addition at all.

The only “downside” to this burger was that it was on a sandwich roll instead of the traditional hamburger bun, but in no way did it ruin the burger. As a side, the fries were quite good, crisp, full bodied, and tasty.

I would definitely recommend Nat’s Pub to anyone who is looking for a good burger in Elmsford, and so far I must agree with the assessment that it is the best burger in town.

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Westchester Burger Co: The Hangover

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For my 25th birthday, my friends and I decided to revisit Westchester Burger Co. and see what else they had for us to try; the Hangover at Westchester Burger is very similar to the Pretzel Burger, which I reviewed here, albeit with some very important differences.

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Nestled in between two halves of a soft brioche bun, the beef patty was tender, juicy, and cooked to be perfectly rare. Topping said patty was some nice, melted Monterey Jack cheese, bacon that was not only crispy, but carried with it a fantastic salt/pork flavor, and a fried egg that was both messy and delicious.

Using the condiments at hand, I was also able to try bites of this burger with both chipotle remoulade, and chipotle ranch, both adding a unique and unbelievable change of pace and flavor to an already great burger.

After two trips to Westchester Burger Co., I believe without a shadow of a doubt that it is one of the best burger joints around, and I’m looking forward to more visits in the future.

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Piper’s Kilt: Eastchester Burger (Broadway Upgrade)

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I’ve been feeling the need to do some reviews in lower Westchester, so when my friend suggested we go to Piper’s Kilt in Eastchester, I jumped at the opportunity.

For my experience I decided to try Piper’s Eastchester Burger because A. I was in Eastchester, and B. because Westchester Magazine once described it this way: “It’s the Westchester icon. The legend. Westchester’s go-to burger.” With reviews like that, how could I not try it? (For those wondering, the Broadway upgrade made it a 10 oz burger instead of an 8 oz).

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There is a good amount to say about this burger, and meal  in general; the onion rings for example were very good, light on the breading but high on the crunch and the flavor of the onion itself was on point. The Potato Salad (which I was able to order in place of Fries, one of which I was able to taste – very good) was a nice surprise; it was thick and creamy, without suffering from too much starchiness or watery flavor.

The chili was in a league of its own; fresh out of the kitchen, it was hearty and provided an unexpected sweet heat and spice. It is possibly some of the best chili I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying.

And then came the burger. Cooked rare with melted American Cheese and bacon, a burger (hopefully) cannot go wrong; and fortunately the crew at Piper’s Kilt got it very right.

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The meat was thick, tender and very juicy, and you can tell they used a high quality meat. The melted American cheese did what I hoped it would, adding that nice sweet and gooey texture; the bacon was good (although not very crispy) and its flavor seemed to penetrate the burger itself.

This meal will fill you up and satisfy your hunger for the rest of the day; the only minor issue I had was that it was served on your average hamburger bun, and while it in no way ruins the burger, I think a brioche or pretzel bun would really take this burger to new heights.

Piper’s Kilt and their (Broadway upgraded) Eastchester burger was a great experience, one that I recommend to anyone; I will certainly be going back as soon as possible to try some of their other menu items and I couldn’t be more excited to do so.

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O’Malley’s: Bacon Cheeseburger w/ Fries

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O’Malley’s does many things well, but when it comes to beef centered dishes (Steak, Burgers, Philly Cheesesteaks, etc.), they really step their game up. Over Memorial Day weekend I visited this establishment with a couple of friends, and boy did it live up to my memory.

Burgers (like many foods) can be easily hit or miss; you can either make a really good/great burger, or a terrible one; it is very hard to find that middle ground. So going into a bar/restaurant and ordering a burger, one must be prepared for either extreme; fortunately, ours was extremely good.

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One might notice straight away that the bun is big, almost appearing too big for the burger (though I assure you the size was fine); the bun did not add anything special to the burger, but it also did not detract from the overall enjoyment (so we can call that a win). The burger itself was thick, seasoned well, and was quite juicy; I ordered mine “rare” due to my belief that beef simply tastes better that way, but my friends (who both ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger as well) can attest to just how good O’Malley’s burger is even when cooked “medium.”

The melted American cheese (one of a few options you can choose) fits perfectly with the patty; normally I don’t go anywhere near American cheese, but when its melted, it is quite good. Furthermore the bacon they used was magnifique; this was true bacon (as opposed to a mass produced fake bacon product known simply as Fakon). It was extra crispy, with a powerful taste of pork and salt that meshed well with the seasoned beef it was resting on.

Not to be left out, the french fries that O’Malley’s makes are top of the line; at risk of repeating myself, fries are another dish that is very easy to mess up; hit or miss. Often times you run the risk of soggy, mushy, or starchy fries, either with too much salt or not enough; but not at O’Malley’s. At this bar they are firm and crisp, with a good potato flavor that does not over-emphasize the starch, and is salted just right.

Burgers (particularly with cheese and bacon) are an American icon, an American staple; many people try to perfect it, but often times fail to live up to what a burger should be; but not here, not at O’Malley’s. So if you are a fan of burgers (or are simply Dean Winchester), I highly recommend heading down to Nyack and popping into O’Malley’s for a bite.

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Westchester Burger Co: Pretzel Burger

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Today’s entry focuses on a very special creation from the world of  gourmet burgers; the Pretzel Burger from Westchester Burger Co.

Westchester Burger (located in White Plains, Rye Brook, Mt. Kisco and West Nyack) truly takes the art of burger making to a whole new level. Anyone can make a burger, not everyone can make a burger well; but these guys sure can. If you don’t know what to get on their menu, the unique Pretzel Burger is a great place to start:

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Lets begin with the burger’s namesake, the Pretzel bun. The bun was quite good; soft, but firm, with the classic pretzel taste we have all come to know and love. The burger itself was of fine quality; cooked rare (by request), it was seasoned well and was perfectly juicy. The melted cheddar cheese was smooth and added a nice semi sweet flavor to the meat; but what stood out apart from your normal burger elements, were the great choices in toppings.

The bacon was exactly what you wanted on a burger like this; not only did it have a nice crisp on it, but the grease and fat content it boasted were as good as you are going to get anywhere. What also made this bacon special was the fact that it was maple bacon; at first I thought they had literally drizzled maple syrup on my burger. Alas, that was not the case, but the bacon supplied a very nice maple syrup component to an already tasty burger.

The egg is the final element that makes this burger so special. Admittedly if you were to ask me what toppings should go on a burger, egg would not be my first choice; but in this case it totally worked. The egg provided a welcome taste and texture of custard, and the runny yoke was both messy and delightful.

Westchester Burger Co. definitely knows how to make a great meal; not only is their Pretzel Burger a king in the world of burgers, entirely worthy of the term gourmet; but their side dishes are great as well, as I enjoyed my burger with a nice addition of crisp waffle fries with spicy ranch dipping sauce…delicious.

If you like burgers and more importantly, burgers that taste great, Westchester Burger Co. is where you need to go. They have three locations spread around the county; you have no excuse not to.

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Buffalo Wild Wings: Juicy Steak Burger

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“Hold up a minute, you mean to tell me you are covering a chain restaurant?” Yes I am, and it is a very rare occurrence indeed; I can also guarantee that I would never do this for a chain’s signature food (i.e. the wings from Buffalo Wild Wings) unless it was a signature challenge. But, since this happens to be a very good burger from a wing joint, I deem it wholly fair to review.

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Buffalo’s Juicy Steak Burger comes with two patties, multiple slices of sirloin steak placed between them; pepper jack cheese, an onion ring (on top) and your choice of signature sauce; the sauce I chose to employ was of the Parmesan Garlic variety.

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The bread was soft, and the patties themselves were tasty, if not inspiring; but what really made this burger pop was the combination of sirloin steak and choice sauce. As promised, the sirloin was indeed juicy; and the change in texture between patty and steak provided a nice diversity of meat. The sauce itself was deliciously sweet and garlicky, albeit with a bit of a bite; and it also provided the perfect mild heat that really set this burger apart.

My goal with these reviews is to illuminate as many of the best local eateries as possible, not to glorify big food chains and corporations. However, when a chain produces a quality product that deviates from the norm, it certainly must be recognized; and that is what Buffalo Wild Wings has done here. So if presented with the opportunity, I recommend that you try a Juicy Steak Burger from Buffalo Wild Wings.

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