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