Saturday, April 25, 2015

Pauly's Burgers- Walden, NY

Pauly's Burgers is a seasonal mobile restaurant parked at Tin Brook Bed and Breakfast. I've passed by hundreds of times, they are just down the road from my house, and said that I had to give them a try. Today I stopped and I will be stopping by again, often.

I got the bacon cheeseburger to go at $8.75 and it came with copious, and delicious, fries. The burger was 1/4 pound and seasoned perfectly with American cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and pickles. 

They have a website

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Newburgh Brewing Company- Newburgh, NY

Fish Tacos

The Newburgh Brewing Company has only been around for a couple of years, but they have gotten a good reputation in that short time. It took me a while to get there, but a nice sunny day brought me out near the waterfront and I must say that I have been missing out by not having gone there earlier. 

I was there on a Saturday at about 2:00 and there were only a few people there. I believe that it could be a bit noisy when crowded, but it was nice and quiet when I visited. The place has the feel of an old beer hall with plenty of open space, it was once a factory, and long wooden tables. It is brick, wood and has many windows with a view of the Hudson River. You order and pay at the bar, just like they do in Europe, and the food is brought to your table. 

Ginger DIPA

I wanted a flight to sample a few beers, but they don't do flights. They do allow you a sample of whatever you want so after sampling I started with a Ginger DIPA. It had a nice taste, a bit unusual, with the ginger not overpowering the double IPA. No nasty aftertaste either, but I don't think I could have had more than one of them. It was five bucks for a 10 oz glass and weighed in at 8.1%. 

Hop Drop IPA

I followed it up with a Hop Drop double IPA and that was amazing, one of the finest double IPAs I've ever had. The bartender told me it was the same basic beer as the ginger, without the ginger added. It weighed in at 10%, a tad heavier, and cost five bucks. Two heavy beers was my limit as I was driving and between them I ate. 

The food menu is limited so I went with the fish tacos, shown above. There were three of them for eleven bucks and they were quite well executed. Fresh tasting and crispy fish in a blue tortilla with cabbage slaw, cilantro and jalapeƱo. I would have like a bit more heat, but that is my personal taste. 

So overall, this is one of those rare brewpubs that has both good food and good beer. Oh, and all of the staff that I met were friendly and helpful. I can see why they have such a great reputation and I will certainly be headed back again. They have a website for more information.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Buck Shot Burger- Rosy Tomorrows, Danbury, Ct

Just wanted to share this profile of one of my favorite burgers. This little gem has cheddar cheese, horseradish infused aioli, onion straws, and red onions on a toasted bun for eleven-fifty. It comes with sweet potato fries and they also cook it properly to a perfect medium when so ordered. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Wake N Bake- Carolina Beach, NC

When I travel south I just have to get some donuts, especially when I get to carolina Beach. An annual trip to Britt's has been a tradition, but they are only open in the summer, so when I heard about a new place called Wake N Bake I had to give them a try. When we got there the place was crowded and there was a line. The line moved quick though and the staff was friendly and helpful. 

I got a dozen for fifteen bucks (there were four adults and six children in our group) and mixed them up. Three glazed, a Carolina sand, a Loopy Morning, a Pebble Rock, a Samoa, a maple Bacon, a Couch Potato and a couple more. All were good, my favorite being the Samoa. The glazed were okay, but I do prefer Britt's glazed. 

They have a website for directions and stuff. 

Rucker Johns- Wilmington, NC

Rucker Johns has been around for about 25 years and they have three locations. One is in Greenville, the other in Emerald Isle, and the one we went to in Wilmington. Actually it was in Myrtle Grove, more commonly known as Monkey Junction, on Caroline Beach Road.

We were headed back to the ILM from the aquarium and decided to stop by and see what it was all about. The restaurant has a nice feel to it with the elements of a chain, but a bit more homey. The service was excellent, and the prices seemed good.   

I got the Carolina Burger at eleven bucks which consisted of a half-pound of burger, lettuce, tomato, onion, Monterey Jack cheese, bacon, Thousand Island, and sour cream all on a nice brioche bun. I switched out the fries for spicy black beans, a wise choice. The burger was quite well executed.

Everyone else liked what they got and I would go back again. They have a website for more information.