"The Buppie Foodie"

 

Hey ya’ll! It’s the official start of summer (aka Memorial Day Weekend).  If you and the family are having a cookout this weekend, pull out the grill and check out these 7 must-try burger recipes.


Fried Mozzarella and Caramelized Peach Caprese Burger: Fresh peaches are in season. Slice a few and grill them for this delicious burger. (via Half Baked Harvest)


Coffee Rubbed Burgers With Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce: Coffee + Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce… yes this burger is creative and looks delicious. (via The Chunky Chef)


Beef Burgers With Mushrooms and Chipotle Mayo: This health-conscious burger is a fantastic option to put on the grill this weekend and still be healthy. (via Bibby’s Kitchen)


Teriyaki Pina Colada Burger: A delicious sweet and savory option for the grill this weekend. (via Creme De La Crumb)


Greek Mint and Lamb Burgers with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce: Because who doesn’t love a good lamb burger on the grill? (via Chef De Home)


Red Wine Cheeseburgers: This burger is made with red wine… enough said! (via Jennifer Meyering)


Sunflower Seed Veggie Burgers With Grilled Halloumi and Curried Tahini Sauce: This is an exciting veggie burger option for those who don’t feel like eating meat this weekend. (via Half Baked Harvest)

I’ve been on a Groupon buying spree lately, which is how I ended up at Churchill’s in Rockville Centre a few weeks ago.

Admittedly, I did not have high expectations for Churchill because I was thinking that it was just like any other bar in the Rockville Centre area (i.e., Overcrowded, bad food, etc.) However, thankfully I was wrong.

Everything at Churchill’s was delicious. The restaurant’s tasty menu was filled with a wide selection of burgers, sandwiches and appetizers; along with some hearty homemade entrees. My dining partner and I tried the braised short ribs, which was simmered in brown gravy, served over mashed potatoes with roasted tomatoes & crispy fried onions. It was simply amazing comfort food along with the Thai Chili Wings.

Overall, Churchill’s was a solid dining experience in Rockville Centre, the restaurant was clean, the service was fantastic and the food was tasty. If you’re ever in the area, you should give Churchill’s a try.

Go for: Watch Sports (over 32 flat screens), Casual Dinner

Must try: Thai Chili Wings, Braised Short Ribs

Check out some pictures below:

 

Thai Chili Wigs


Burger


 

Braised Short Ribs


Churchill’s (Rockville Centre)

Where: 18 South Park Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Cuisine: American Bar & Restaurant

Full Dinner Menu here

 

Churchills Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

This week, I was invited to check out Bonnie’s Grill in Park Slope, Brooklyn, which for over the past 15 years has become known as one of the best burgers and wings restaurant in the area. This “no frill”  Park Slope establishment, attracts diners who simply come to enjoy good food. With meat being the focus at Bonnie’s Grill, many of the burgers and other menu items are prepared on the Grill, which is located right behind the bar.

I was indeed excited to try some burgers and wings at Bonnie’s. Here’s a snapshot of what I had:

Mac & Cheese –  made with a combination of three cheese, jalapeño peppers and bacon. (This was a meal highlight)


Hot Wings


Spiced Black Angus Burger – with Cheddar Cheese, served with Chili Cheese Fries (This was a meal highlight)


Catfish Sandwich – served with Cheese Fries

Overall, my dining partner and I enjoyed our after work wings &  burgers. If you are ever in the area, give Bonnie’s a try.

*While my meal was complimentary, the opinions expressed herein are 100% my own

Bonnie’s Grill (Park Slope)

Where: 278th 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York

Cuisine: American

Bonnie's Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Burger & Barrel Winepub a/k/a “B & B” is one of Chef Josh Capon’s Soho Restaurants, down the street from Lure Fishbar, Capon’s other restaurant in Soho that I absolutely love. With its central location, B&B is a sophisticated yet comfortable pit stop to enjoy drinks, lunch or dinner after shopping in Soho.

Of course, when dining at B&B, you must try the Burgers, which are among the best in NYC. The Burgers are all served, topped with two large crunchy onion rings, which make for really pretty Instagram pictures. (lol). The menu includes B&B’s “Bash Burger”, which is a four-time winner of the People’s Choice award at the New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Burger Bash. The Bash Burger is served with caramelized onion, bacon jam, pickles and American cheese; cooked to your desired temperature. The cheese is evenly melted and the bacon jam is absolutely mouthwatering.

Overall, the food at B&B is delicious, the service is welcoming and the atmosphere is fun yet sophisticated. As such, B&B should be on your short list of restaurants to try in Soho immediately.

Must Try: Bash Burger

Go For: Drinks after shopping, hanging out, casual dinner date

Check out some pictures below:

B&B

Happy Hour Cocktail


B&B

Fish Tacos


B&B

Bash Burger


Burger & Barrel (Soho)

Where: 25 W Houston Street, New York, NY 10012

Cuisine: American, Comfort, Wine Pubs

Full Dinner Menu Here

 

Burger & Barrel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Chinese entrepreneur, Zhiming Bai, had a plan – to open an upscale Chinese fast-food restaurant, in hopes of being competitive with New York burger institutions like Shack Shake

To help with executing this bold mission, Uncle Sam’s Burger recruited Chef Sean Thomas, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, who brings his varied culinary experiences and constant experimentation to redefine American classics at Uncle Sam.

During my visit to Uncle Sam’s last week, I was totally impressed with the flavors and the interesting menu. Notably, the loaded tater tots were an immediate favorite! And, since I haven’t had tater tots since  high school, the impressive flavors of the sriracha sauce coupled with the savory chili made for an instant “ungraded” tater tot experience.

The unique combinations extended throughout Uncle Sam’s entire menu. Take for example, Uncle Sam’s Signature Burger, made with caramelized onions, Havarti cheese, lettuce and homemade chipotle mayo or the Spicy Avocado Burger, made with freshly cut avocado, sliced pickled jalapeno and Napa cabbage slaw; both of which are innovative and fresh.

If you’re into the NYC Chicken craze, then I suggest you try Uncle Sam’s Buffalo Chicken Sandwich – made with lettuce, crushed avocado, red onions and a delicious spicy sriracha buffalo sauce. This Chicken Sandwich was one of the best I’ve had in NYC to date.

Overall, the food is fresh, tasty and innovative. If you are a burger lover and/or simply looking for a new, quality fast-casual restaurant in NYC, I  highly suggest that you give Uncle Sam’s Burger a try.

You Must Try: The Loaded Tots, the Buffalo Chicken, the Kale Salad, Milkshake (variety of flavors)

Go For: Lunch, Quick Bite

Check out some photos of my meal below:

Uncle Sam's Burger

The California Burger, made with aged cheddar cheese, fresh avocado, bacon & red onion jam, green leaf lettuce, was everything I hoped for and more.


Uncle Sam's Burger

The Buffalo Chicken sandwich, made with chicken patty, green leaf lettuce, crushed avocado, red onions, spicy sriracha buffalo sauce gives any of the other


Uncle Sam's Burger

Kale Salad, made with kale, sesame vinaigrette, grape tomatoes, cucumber, dried cranberries, toasted almonds


Uncle Sam's Burger

Loaded Tater Tots: topped with spicy beef chili, pepper jack cheese, scallions & sriracha mayo


Uncle Sam's Burger

Strawberry Milkshake


Uncle Sam's Burger

Uncle Sam’s Burger (Chelsea/Koreatown)

Where: 307 5th Avenue

Cuisine: Burgers, Fusion

Full Menu here

 

Uncle Sam's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato