During every trip to New York, the gastronome trio-- J, his brother and I-- reserve one afternoon to drive to Connecticut. For lunch. Admittedly, the drive requires only 25 minutes or so but, still, it's Connecticut.
The object of our cross-state desire is always the same-- Burgers, Shakes and Fries (a.k.a. BSF), located in the quaint Byram section of Greenwich.
BSF opened in 2007, the brainchild of Kory Wollins, a Cornell grad with over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. According to BSF's website, Wollins' objective was to serve quality food at a reasonable price in an inviting environment, filling what he saw as a dearth of restaurants that provided bang for your buck. In essence, Wollins is a man after my own heart--and makes a mean burger.
With its tangerine walls and generous amounts of natural light streaming in from over-sized windows, the interior of BSF is bright and welcoming. On this post-Snowpocalypse weekday, many potential lunchers were either still snowed in or back at work, leaving us with our pick of seats. We were pleased because previous visits to the 20-seater restaurant had forced us to hover near those finishing up their meal in order to snag a seat.
BSF also serves hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and salads, but why would you ignore a restaurant's namesake? All burgers start plain--as either a single or a double-- and can be customized with an impressive selection of toppings.
While Adam sipped on a birch beer, J and I shared a strawberry milkshake ($2.83), which was delightfully thick and sweet.
Feeling the post-holiday bloat, I ordered a fairly simple burger-- cooked to medium with tomatoes, onions, pickles, cheddar cheese and ketchup and mayo-- and our trio split an order of large fries.
Instead of the usual bun, BSF's burgers are sandwiched between two pieces of buttered, toasted bread. Although this switch-up seemed strange to me at first, I quickly noticed that the bread perfectly soaks up all of the juices from the burger and its toppings. On this day, my burger arrived, juicy and glistening, coated with a generous slice of melting cheese. Each bite provided a satisfying crunch courtesy of the toast followed by a heavenly sink through the meat and toppings. I have sampled few other burgers that come close to BSF's on the "Satisfying-ness of Bite" scale.
Delicious burgers at a reasonable price are the reason Wollins started BSF and the reason I keep returning.
302 Delavan Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830