By Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro
The Beach Burger
10 1st Street
Hours: Daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Got a craving for some good ‘ole American beach grub? Well, then, The Beach Burger in Norwalk is your place! Opened in April 2011 by owner Anthony Luciani, also the owner of Mr. Frosty’s and Rolling Cone’s Ice Cream, The Beach Burger brings a much needed casual dining experience to Norwalk’s waterside. And, with a menu handcrafted by Food Network’s Chopped champion, Chef Marc Anthony Bynum, you can be assured that The Beach Burger is no ordinary burger joint. Featuring a wide variety of unique burgers including turkey and veggie burgers, a selection of fish dishes such as lobster rolls, fried oyster rolls and fish and chips, a handful of one-of-a-kind milkshakes, and a few sweet surprises like fried Kool-Aid, this menu has something that’s sure to please any growling belly.
On our first visit we were tempted to order several items from this mouth-watering menu, but being the “eyes bigger than the stomach” types, we settled on burgers, fries and milkshakes. Here’s a recap of our indulgences:
Being somewhat of a burger purist, I had to go with the Bacon Burger, a side of fries and the Apple Pie Milkshake to wash it all down. The Bacon Burger was pretty close to burger perfection with a nicely cooked, thick and juicy 100% grass-fed angus beef patty, topped with thick-cut, flavorful applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickle, to which I also added cheddar cheese, ketchup and mayonnaise all in a toasted bun. The fries were hand-cut and sprinkled with sea salt which was nice, however we both would’ve like them to be crispier. And the milkshake, ooooh the Apple Pie milkshake, was the best milkshake I’ve ever had, hands down! This cupful of heaven starts with a base of vanilla ice cream mixed with chunks of caramelized apples and graham cracker crust. Yeah, just like drinking liquid apple pie. Wow!
Being the meat-lover that I am, I decided on the Bynum Burger, a 100% grass-fed Angus beef burger topped with pulled pork, chipotle BBQ sauce and fried onions. Just like Kristien’s burger, my medium rare burger was fresh and very flavorful. The pulled pork was also quite tasty, delicate and tender with just the right amount of sweet but tangy and smoky BBQ sauce. And the haystack fried onions added a nice salty crispiness to make this burger a burger fanatic’s dream come true. And for dessert, I indulged in the Peanut Butter and Jelly milkshake, which I, too, agree was the best milkshake I’ve ever had the pleasure to suck through a straw. Unlike other peanut butter milkshakes I’ve tried, this one had a truly intense peanut butter flavor with actual “globs” of real jelly mixed in. If you’re someone that can eat peanut butter and jelly out of the jar, then you’ll think this milkshake is ‘da bomb.
With high countertops and barstools, white walls, surfboard signs, and hanging buoys, The Beach Burger sports a fun and fresh beach shack atmosphere. Combine that with it’s simple, but creative menu and perfectly executed food and you have the perfect spot for a quick, casual and incredibly tasty meal to satisfy any of your cravings.
Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro are founders and co-bloggers for OmNomCT, an omnivorous couple’s perspective on all things omnomable in lower Fairfield County, CT.