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Sunny Side Up

Visiting my parents in Connecticut for the Thanksgiving break led me to find other things to do with my time than forced family interaction, so I decided to check out a local burger spot that opened recently, Burger Bar Bistro in South Norwalk that boasted an array of specialty burgers and sliders. I was a little skeptical as they also boast that you can upgrade any burger to “Grass Fed Kobe” for $4 – but I’m going to leave the whole “authentic Kobe beef” debate to the meat experts.

I decided to get the B.E.C burger: Thick Cut Applewood Smoked Bacon, Runny Egg, Double American Cheese, Fries, & Spicy Ketchup. Apparently the burgers do not come with fries, which I thought was kind of ridiculous considering the burger itself is $13. (Who is coming up with these price points for burgers nowadays?! Seriously. It’s kind of getting out of hand.) So my friend and I just got a serving of fries to split since they already gave us salt & vinegar chips and some kind of weird (but yummy!) sweet, warm donuts with butter on the house.

Look how empty the rest of that plate looks. 😥

It came on a seeded bun, similar to the kind they use at Bobby’s Burger Palace, which I really enjoyed. And with an adorable little  “Burger Bar Bistro” flag mounted on top! Pulling back the bun, I revealed a beautiful sunny side up staring back at me, which deliciously oozed over my burger.

Burger rating: If it hadn’t been for the price tag & lack of fries, I would have given it a solid “B+”, but I’m going to have to go with a “C+”. The burger itself was delicious. All the elements worked together well and it was definitely one of the better “breakfast burgers” that I’ve had (egg/bacon/cheese combo).

So if you’re ever traveling up I-95 North through Connecticut, take a little detour at Exit 15 and check the place out. (Or you can keep driving and hit up Shake Shack in Westport!)

Tir Na Nog? *tear* Nah, no.

While trying to find a bite to eat after the recent Philadelphia Marathon, we decided to head on into Tir Na Nog, because who doesn’t love hanging out at an Irish bar before noon on a Sunday? I told myself I wasn’t going to get a burger since I am going on a cruise in less than a month and trying to get “bikini ready”. (I love how I throw around that phrase like it means something. I don’t think anyone is ever bikini ready.) But… everyone else got burgers and I didn’t wanna be the non-burger weirdo, so I opted for the TNN burger: Angus Beef, Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Sirrachi Ketchup, Bacon, Frizzled Onions on a brioche bun.

I’d already set my expectations low seeing as 1) it’s an Irish pub on the parkway and 2) it was listed on the menu as $15; WAAAAAAAAY too much money for a pub burger with nothing special on it. Naturally, the bun fell apart as soon as I began eating. There were about maybe 2 “frizzled onions” and despite being requested to be cooked medium, it was definitely more on the medium well side. (That factor I’m unfortunately starting to get used to.)

Burger rating: “D”. Save your $15 and go get a better burger somewhere else – like Hickory Lane, whose massive patty is well worth the price tag.

I’m a Believer

Dear Brunch, I’m sorry for doubting you before and I take back (almost) everything negative I said in the past.

Why you ask?

Because last weekend, I had a brunch that changed my life at the Bainbridge Street Barrel House.

They put a burger on French Toast. And it’s amazing.

At first, you might seem skeptical. Burger on french toast? How does that work? Do I pick it up and eat it? Does it come with toppings? How do I ask for it to be cooked?

Luckily, BSBH takes the guesswork out for you. Two, thin patties come cooked medium-rare and are sandwiched between 2 succulent & thick pieces of french toast.

Underneath the “bun” is bacon whipped cream (!) and on the side for your drizzling enjoyment is whiskey maple syrup. This is probably the only time it’s ever acceptable to eat a burger with a knife & a fork.

What a beautiful mess!

This French Toast Burger definitely puts a new spin on your average “Breakfast Burger”. It’s a must try!

Reunited, and it feels so good

It’s been about a year since I first had the London burger at London Grill, so I figured I was due for an update. Currently in 2nd place for my most favorite burger in Philadelphia (previously first; dethroned by Sketch Burger), the London burger is a thing of beauty. It’s totally customizable and it comes on an ENGLISH MUFFIN, of all things. Which is awesome because I used to eat them like that when I was a kid, so it’s like biting into a bit of nostalgia. Last time they forgot the fried egg on top and this time, I made sure that wasn’t going to happen. I also added Boursin because, duh, if Boursin is a cheese option, you fucking get Boursin on your burger.

Side of mayo, awesome pickles and fries – I’m glad I finally got a picture of this BBB (big beautiful burger)

It’s like the yolk is the burger’s tongue & it’s sticking it out at you! teehee!

It was every bit as good as I remembered it being (and I was sober this time!).  Plus the egg yolk blended really nicely with the creaminess of the cheese. So yes, the London Burger is still #2 in my book.

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