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Jul312014

Burger Alert: The Spread "Cheeseburger"- Best Bar Burger in FFD CTY?

Executive Chef Carlos Baez assumed the helm of The Spread in SONO a year ago and the menu now completely reflects his vision of flavor and textural combinations. After a movie we decided to enjoy some of his light bites, and when they asked if I would like to try his new burger combination, I quickly agreed.

Chef Baez's "CHEESEBURGER" starts his fantastic combination with a large patty of grass-fed Kobe beef. He melts a few slices of a mild white Cheddar cheese over the patty and then tops the cheese-covered patty with house-made pickled jalapeño peppers, a few slices of crispy bacon, a little shreaded lettuce, a swath of spicy mayo, all encased in a sesame seed bun. The meat was loosely compressed to maintain its medium grind, and the cheese was a delightfully smooth addition. These two ingredients, alone, would have created a fantastic cheeseburger, but Chef Baez elevated the flavors and achieved a perfect balance of salty-spicy-sour with the pickled jalapeño peppers complemented by the bacon. The addition of the spicy mayo was a great finish. The bun was mild in flavor and did not fight with any of the other flavors. This was one great burger.

The French fries were also excellent…be prepared for a few that will tingle the tongue, as Chef Baez sprinkles them with a spicy seasoning. Dip in the ketchup and enjoy in between bites of the burger.

In my constant search for the perfect burger, the new Spread “Cheeseburger” is definitely in the discussion as one of the best. In looking through my Top Bar Burgers for 2014 it is a shame that I did not venture earlier to The Spread, it would definitely challenge for the top spot and would absolutely garner a top 3 placement.

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Reader Comments (7)

You must try the 50-50 Burger @ Baileys Backyard in Ridgefield!

August 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

They asked if you would like to try th eburger...did they know you write food reviews? If so don't you think that skews things?

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJ

@J

No. It's a burger. What could they possibly do that would be special? There is variability in several of the components that will occur. Under- or over-cook the burger, bacon or the fries is about it. Those are really luck of the draw everywhere / every time. The other items...peppers are pre-made, just add, the cheese is purchase, just melt, the bun is bought, just slice, It is the quality of the ingredients, the combination of flavors and textures that the kitchen creates.

I agree there may be a good day and a bad day in any kitchen, but after eating over 100 different burgers in Connecticut in the last 2 years, it has become fairly easy to separate the cream of the crop from the bad burgers.

You are missing the point.. I, too, have written (paid) reviews of hundreds of restaurants. However it is always done without the restaurant knowing I will be reviewing them. If they asked you to try the burger, then you must be identifying yourself in some way. That makes me question the validity of all your reviews.

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJ

@J

Congratulations on so many paid reviews. I understood your point and completely disagree. If you would like to discuss any difference of opinion you might have on any of my reviews please feel free to post that differing opinion.

With so many reviews I am surprised our paths have not crossed and I am sure we have enjoyed and not enjoyed the same restaurants and dishes. I would love to read some of your reviews. If you could either post the name of your site or the links to some of your reviews I would appreciate it. If you do not want them public please send to jfoodctbites@gmail.com. If I do not receive then I know how to allocate the grains of salt.

Such delusions of grandeur! I say I choose to remain completely anonymous and you take that to mean somehow I would make an exception for you. I never said I disagreed with your reviews. I am simply questioning your method of apparently announcing yourself as a reviewer (to what end?). Feel free to salt my feedback to taste.

August 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJ

@J

Thanks for reading CTbites and participating in the posts. Best of luck in your writing career.

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