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Monday
May192014

Best Bar Burgers in Fairfield County: 2014 Edition

May is National Burger Month and it’s that time of year again for CTbites to unveil its “Best Bar Burgers of Fairfield County.” The last twelve months brought us several suggestions to try and I tried many of these additional locations. The 2014 list included some outstanding bars and haunts that served delicious burgers, so good in fact that only one newcomer was as delicious. (See complete list below)

Not only was this an outstanding burger, but it earned my top spot as the Best Bar Burger in Fairfield County. 

Bick’s Burgers & Fries – 2014 Best Bar Burger in Fairfield County

Located at 14 Ives Street in Danbury, Bick’s Burgers & Fries creates one incredibly delicious burger. The meat delivers a deep, beefy flavor, the grind is loose and the patty is perfectly prepared with a char on the exterior and medium-rare on the interior. The onions are buttery soft and sweet, delicious, and the thick-cut bacon adds just a touch of saltiness without overwhelming the meat. The melted cheese is creamy and the brioche brings great buttery flavor. The umami ketchup delivers a wonderful earthiness to the burger. The French fries are hand-cut on the premises and are fantastic. They are crisp on the outside and soft and moist on the interior and the flavors are excellent. No ketchup required to enjoy these fries. The sweet potato fries are very good, but compared to the regulars, well, I would order a full order of the regulars. If you want to add spice, order the Cactus ketchup, it has a great kick.

Bick's Burgers & Fries (Danbury)

Parallel Post (Trumbull)

The “Double Burger” includes seven ounces of grass-fed beef, topped with Vermont cheddar cheese, Benton bacon and served on brioche bun. The meat is delicious, the Cheddar is just sharp enough to complement and the bacon adds great saltiness and smokiness to the burger.

Super Duper Weenie (Fairfield)

The “Natural” burger is 6 ounces of delicious chuck and sirloin and the bacon and cheese are excellent additions. You may also want to try one of the house-made toppings.

Black Duck (Westport)

This burger is six ounces of handcrafted 80-20 Angus, frizzled onions and cheese. It is rich in flavor and the frizzled onions are fantastic.

Cherry Street East (New Canaan)

The “Vermonster” is served on an English muffin with bacon and sharp Cheddar cheese. The 8-ounce burger reminds me of the old-fashioned soda shop burgers and the Cheddar cheese and bacon add great flavor. The English muffin is a great addition and adds just a little bit of tang.

Burgers Shakes & Fries (Byram / Darien)

A single with bacon, American cheese and fried onions is delicious. The meat is flavorful, the bacon and cheese adds saltiness and creaminess, respectively and the grilled onions are the best in the area. I love the buttered and grilled toast as the “bun.”

Dinosaur BBQ (Stamford)

The “Dino Burger Deluxe” is 6 ounces of Angus beef topped with BBQ caramelized onions, melted cheddar cheese, tomato, house-cured pickles and BBQ mayo. The patty is smoky, the onions a little pungent and the BBQ mayo adds just a touch of spice.

Barnum Publick House (Bridgeport)

The “Barnum Burger” is 100% Angus beef with lettuce, tomato, Special Sauce on an English muffin with Cheddar cheese and bacon. The patty is moist and flavorful, the basic bacon adds a little saltiness and the cheese is nicely melted.

B.J. Ryan’s Pub (Norwalk)

The B.J. Ryan Burger is delicious; a simple burger served on a soft roll with a slice of American cheese.

These all set the bar very high last year and it was difficult to find any place that could crack onto this list. Congratulations to Bick’s Burgers & Fries for not only making the list but receiving the CTbites Best Bar Burger in Fairfield County.

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Reader Comments (21)

I think you missed Match in South Noralk. It's
Simply Delicious!

May 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarcia Selden

@Marcia

Thanks.

Match is a contestant in the restaurant category, which will be published in a couple of weeks.

Post 154 - has the most AMAZING burgers on the planet!!!!!

May 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertracy flood

Prime 16, Orange?

Plan B?

Flipside?

May 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRK

@RK

The burger at Flipside was pretty good. The meat was juicy and had a decent flavor; the bun was very good (would have been better if they grilled it a bit). The bacon should be avoided as it was incredibly salty and I needed to remove it from the burger to taste the meat. It's a good burger at a bar, not a destination and not one I would travel more than one town away or if I was in the area;

As for Plan B. It was not for lack of trying. I visited Plan B twice. On each visit the first burger was sent back and the re-fire was not much better. My summary of the four “Some Pink” burgers I ordered were one raw, one cooked properly, one medium well, one more than well. Seasoning on the patties ranged from non-existent to incredibly salty and I did not like the texture of the meat. The fries were equally inconsistent, some were very good and others were almost raw.

While, this is a list for Fairfield County, let me give you my thoughts on my visit to the New Haven location of Prime 16, which I liked. It was a very good bar burger made with “100% organic and humanely raised ground beef” served on a soft brioche roll. The meat was very dense and compressed and delivered decent flavor. There are two thin slices of bacon that added just a little salt and I liked the sweet brioche bun. I really liked the sweet potato fries.

Hope that helps.

Gotcha. I guess I'm not a huge fan of Plan B either, although I think they're better than Burger Bar (highly overrated IMO).

Prime 16 is still my #1.

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRK

Also, it's not a "bar" burger per se, but you should definitely give Lake Zoar in Monroe a try. Very good.

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRK

@RK

I agree with you on Burger Bar as well. As far as Lake Zoar, I have been there and here is my write-up.

http://www.ctbites.com/home/2010/8/29/lake-zoar-drive-in-burgers-dogs-with-a-view.html

As I said, I traveled to a lot of places to check out the burgers.

Nice. Been to Dive Bar in West Haven? Very impressive burgers.

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRK

Sycamore in Bethel...outstanding! Not a bar, but neither are some of the places on this list.

May 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

@Emily

Sycamore was visited. As much as I absolutely loved the cars, the shtick, the reminder of my childhood, the burger is not in the same league as those on this list...more a 5-guys equivalent. Sorry, but we will have to agree to disagree on Sycamore.

Burger bars burgers are much better then the black ducks. Everytime I go to the black duck the burger is like a hockey puck

May 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCc

Harlan Social in Stamford has a KILLER burger on a really cool bun too. You should check it out!

May 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGaryP

@GaryP

Harlan Social falls into the Restaurant Burger category. Stop back in a couple of weeks to see the rankings of the Best Restaurant Burgers.

Tavern on 7 in Norwalk has a great burger. Have you tried theirs?

May 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrian4USC

@Brian4USC

I did visit Tavern on 7. I ordered the “Tavern Brew Cheeseburger” with Fontina cheese, smoked bacon, and sautéed onions. After one bite my disappointment kicked in and nothing in the subsequent bites eliminated this first impression. The meat tasted as if water was added to give it a level of juiciness, the bacon was very basic and boring and the onions were more greasy than tasty. The bun was cold and right out of a plastic bag. I am glad you enjoyed it more than me, but I am not anxious to head back.

What makes something qualify as a bar burger? lol super duper does not have a bar anywhere in sight

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCD

@CD

Choosing the name of the category was almost as hard as choosing the top burgers, and not as much fun or enjoyable. We wanted two categories. One for a place where you go with the guys and watch a ballgame or the family for a relaxed d, inexpensive meal or girls' night out to catch-up. The second was restaurants (list will be posted shortly) where the burger shares the menu with steaks, fish, chicken, apps, etc. We felt the word "bar" captured the essence of the first category. Like all singular word choices it will have its grey area. In a similar manner to "salad bar" we thought "bar burger" captured the essence of the concept. Sorry for the confusion and hope that helps.

Blue cactus grill in norwalk! Pure excellence

May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDom

@Dom

I did a full review of Blue Cactus a couple of years ago:

http://www.ctbites.com/home/2011/6/29/hidden-gem-the-blue-cactus-grill-in-norwalk.html

and I was impressed with the burger, as you can see.

Since that time the competition increased significantly in the area, more than half of restaurants on this list were not serving burgers back then, and I rated all of the these higher.

Maybe next year.

Has anyone tried CRAFT 260 on the post road in Fairfield? Was there last night and there burger is to die for! On a toasted Brioche Bun!

June 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVinny

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