May is national burger month, and to celebrate we rounded up some of the best burger spots in the area. Using a combination of reader suggestions, restaurant reviews and local food awards, we narrowed it down to 28 places.
We asked you to tell us where you go when you get a burger craving, and this is what you had to say:
The restaurants you suggested are Cherry Street East in New Canaan, Michael Gennaro’s Steakhouse in Fairfield, Rosy Tomorrow’s in Danbury (John says try the “Buckshot Burger”), Bick’s Burgers & Fries in Danbury, Dew Drop Inn in Derby, Lake Zoar Drive-in in Monroe, Flipside in Fairfield and StationEats in Stamford and New Canaan because “the burgers are usually just the right price for lunch and the quality of meat is really good. Plus, they have some really creative burger of the month type of stuff.”
Lauren Dahlen said suggested Lil Mo’s Cafe in Stratford. “The owner was very well known for her burgers when she owned Bun and Burger in Stratford, and now they’ve made them even better here. What is fresher than a burger that is purchased from a local butcher each and every day? We had the extra crispy fries and an ice cold seasonal beer after work one day and have been hooked ever since,” she said.
You also recommended some burger restaurants outside Southwestern Connecticut. Here are some suggested spots to make the drive to: Susan McAvoy suggests Red Rooster Drive-In Inc in Brewster, NY and RK recommends some Prime 16, Dive Bar and Louis Lunch (which clams to be the “birthplace of the hamburger sandwich”) – all in the New Haven area.
Here are some of the top picks according to food critics:
Connecticut Magazine named Little Pub in Ridgefield and Wilton one of the best pubs of 2013. The restaurant dedicates an entire section of its menu to burgers. Items include Danbury resident Max Jabbonsky’s favorite meal, the “Graceland” burger (crispy smoked bacon, sweet grilled bananas, melting cheddar, spicy Thai peanut sauce) and the “Jamburger” (roasted garlic spiked cream cheese, jalapenos, homemade bacon jam). Both burgers are pictured above.
“We’ve had lots of burgers this year, but the ones at Plan B seem to stand out a bit more to us because they’re so different. Yes, you can only order them with some pink or no pink, but they are some of the juiciest burgers around. This has to do with their loosely packed patties that are made fresh daily from humanely raised beef. We love seeing what their burger of the week will be, or like trying out one of their tried and true topping combos. Plus, all that beer and bourbon makes the burger experience even more nomworthy.”
NYC’s famous Shake Shack, which opened its first suburban location in Westport back in 2011, was rated among America’s most important restaurants by Bon Apetit Magazine. The burger chain landed at number 16 out of 20 on the list that the magazine described as not necessarily the best restaurants, but the ones that “define how we eat out.”
Lastly, Five Guys Burgers and Fries with 8 locations in SW Connecticut has been Zagat Survey rated since 2001. The national chain boasts a number of honors including “the best $5 burger a man can eat” according to GQ Magazine and “the #1 burger for lunch in NYC” according to Time Out New York.
Now that you know, go celebrate May with a burger (or 28). Did we forget your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments.