November 20, 2011 by Nina
I work down the street from this restaurant, and was so excited and surprised when Julian told me that a “really nice burger restaurant opened on Broadway.” Inside, there is a high tin ceiling, wooden tables, and paintings by a local artist on the walls. The owner cleverly put a strip over the windows so that while you are dining you cannot see outside (smart move). When Julian and I went for the first time, the waiter opened the door for us, and was extremely kind, enthusiastic, and attentive. I had a really hard time deciding what to order because there were so many great options (always a good sign). This was one of those times when I really wanted a new restaurant to be good, and to do well. To me it seems crazy to open a nice restaurant on Broadway, but the owner has high hopes about this “up and coming neighborhood.” By now, I have eaten there four times. Obviously, the food does not disappoint. Nor does the owner, who is absolutely fabulous. Each time I come in, he says hi to me, which really brightens my day.
But now about the delicious food. My favorite dishes are the following, in this order: the Thai-BBQ Pulled Pork Slider (a fabulous blend of sweet and spicy, crunchy and tender); Filet Mignon Slider with Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onions, and Peppercorn Cream (I don’t like blue cheese, but still think this is heavenly); Duck Confit Slider with Spaghetti Squash, Roasted Raisins, and Apple Cider-Chocolate Sauce (how could you possibly go wrong?); Southern Fried Chicken on a Buttermilk Biscuit with Sausage Gravy (takes me back to Savannah). The “Kung Pao” Calamari Appetizer is easily the best Calamari I’ve had (yes, better than Fez or Mint — two of my favorite restaurants). The Fig-Jam and Prosciutto Slider would be on my tops’ list if I liked blue cheese, because I worked around it and loved it, so try this if you do like blue cheese (or just pick around it like I did). I can’t wait to try the Wild Board “Philly Cheesesteak” with Truffled Cream Cheese and Porcini Reduction. In case you can’t already tell, this is one of my absolute favorite restaurants. In fact, I’ll be there tonight.
B3 Burger-Bar and Slider-Bistro
Kingston, NY 12401
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October 23, 2011 by Nina
Julian and I were in Hudson, looking at all the great antique shops and modern furniture stores (we love dreaming of the future), when we decided we were really hungry. In search of a great place, we looked at Le Gamin Country, an adorable little french cafe. It had a really sweet inside that transported you to France, but as we stood in the entrance way, waiting for a waitress to seat us, a woman came over and very rudely said it would be a while to seat us. There were clearly many tables available. Her rudeness excited me and I thought, “just like France!!,” but Julian was upset by her behavior and thought it be better if we left. It’s funny because usually I am the more sensitive one to rude waitresses, but this time Julian was. We walked past the green, where the chic stores end, and saw a sign that said local burgers and fries!, so we walked a bit further.
We came to a diner, that I thought couldn’t be the place that served local foods, but it was! What a great idea to turn a cute old diner into a modern restaurant! We were swiftly greeted by a host and given a menu and information about the local farms that supply their food. I wanted to get a milkshake and thought $4.50 was a bit expensive (the large is $8.50!), but thought nothing of it since it was local milk and home-made ice cream. When it came out, it was little more than a shot’s worth. It seemed like our waitress was new and that is why there was about another glass of ice cream in the container, but if there hadn’t been, I would have refused it. I cannot understand why this would ever cost so much. It was a little ridiculous.
Then, I couldn’t decide which burger to order only because some of them seemed so expensive. The Cowboy (Over Easy Egg, Artisanal Cheese, and Country Ham) was $14.95. The cheese I chose for it was Hawthorne Valley Raw Milk Cheddar (a cheese my dad buys from Hawthorne). Julian had The Bello (Portobello cap, Grilled Eggplant and Red Onion, Buttermilk Aioli, Greens and Tomato on an Organic Bun). When mine came out, Julian and I both felt like it could hardly be worth $15. It was the size of a slider. The burger itself was okay (we had to ask for ketchup), and the fries were excellent, but I think overall we felt jipped. I am all for buying local, but even so, I felt the food was overpriced. Overall, I felt like my money was spent well, for a good cause, and this calmed my nerves about spending so much. But I think Julian just felt annoyed that they could have charged so much for food that was only okay.
717 Warren St
Hudson, NY 12534
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September 26, 2011 by Nina
I know it’s a bistro pub, but still, this place is so strange. It looks like a dive bar, but has a wonderful menu. With things like: Bacon, Fried Egg and Cheese Burger, Pulled Bbq Pork and Brie Quesadilla, or Truffled Parmesan Frites, you would think you’re eating at the Terrapin. And honestly, the food is as good (but cheaper of course). The only problem is that you have to sit in a crummy bar. When you first walk in, you are in a dark pub with bench-booth seating with the TV on, but you can also go to a better lit room that has a pool table. It’s only a little better though. Definitely not the place for a romantic evening, but good food none-the-less. Everything I’ve had was wonderful, and the truffle fries are some of the best I’ve had (easily as good at Arielle or Gigi’s). I recently had the Panzanella Salad (toasted focaccia, red onions, pine nuts, kalamata olives, baby tomatoes and feta over grilled romaine with harissa vinaigrette), which has grilled lettuce, similar to my favorite salad from Pescados. You see, I am comparing the quality of food here to some of my favorite restaurants. So you should really give the food a try, despite the atmosphere.
Dutch Ale House
253 Main St
Saugerties, NY 12477
Category Burgers, NY, Saugerties | Tags: baby tomatoes and feta over grilled romaine with harissa vinaigrette,Bacon Fried Egg and Cheese Burger,best salad,good burger,great food in saugerties,kalamata olives,Panzanella Salad,pine nuts,Pulled Bbq Pork and Brie Quesadilla,red onions,toasted focaccia,Truffled Parmesan Frites | 1 Comment
September 25, 2011 by Nina
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July 27, 2011 by Nina
On our way back to New Haven from Quebec, we stopped in West Hartford to get groceries at Whole Foods, and were planning on going to Moe’s for dinner. Moe’s was closed, but right next to it was a burger joint, and we all know how much I love a good burger. Turns out this place wasn’t just any-old burger restaurant, but a pretty unique one. You can truly customize your whole burger, from the bun (or on greens) to the toppings (up to 4), the cheese, etc. Like a make your own sundae. Julian had the veggies burger-which was definitely at least the second best behind Blue Donkey-and I had a beef burger (1/3), grilled onions, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, roasted corn and black bean salsa, applewood smoked bacon, fried egg, tilamook cheddar, with roasted garlic aioli on organic mixed greens. MMMMM delish.
50 Memorial Rd West Hartford, CT 06107
Category Burgers, CT | Tags: applewood smoked bacon,beef burger (1/3),ct,customizable burger,customize your burger,Fried Egg,great burger in ct,grilled onions,roasted corn and black bean salsa,roasted red peppers,tilamook cheddar,tomatoes,west hartford,with roasted garlic aioli on organic mixed greens.,your burger,your way | 1 Comment