Bobby’s the name, burgers are the game!

The Dallas Burger

For many food lovers, traveling for good food is not a question. That’s why when I heard about celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s new burger joint on Long Island, Bobby’s Burger Palace (BBP), I did not hesitate to go. I called up my friend who lives on Long Island and we arranged to make a day of it.

Flay’s new fast-casual restaurant is located in the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, NY in central Long Island. With a menu of about ten different burgers, a solid selection of sides and several milkshake flavors, as is typical for this foodie, I was not shy about ordering a variety of items from the menu.

Napa Valley Burger

For burgers, we ordered the Napa Valley Burger, topped with goat cheese, watercress and a Meyer lemon honey mustard sauce. The sauce had a nice tang that you don’t find in a normal honey mustard sauce. Next was the Dallas Burger, which was spice-crusted and topped with coleslaw, Monterey Jack cheese, barbecue sauce and pickles. If anyone puts that crunch of coleslaw on a sandwich, I’m in, so this burger was a hit with me. Our final burger was the Crunchburger™. This was a basic cheeseburger with double American cheese and potato chips. Once again, I loved the crunch factor. Overall, the burgers were good and the buns were nice and soft – nothing fancy, but good.

For sides, we tried the French Fries accompanied by BBP’s Fry Sauce, which is essentially an aioli with some roasted red pepper and chipotle. We also enjoyed the Hot Potato Chips served with Blue Cheese Sauce; these were an especially welcome addition to the sides menu. To round out our selection, we ordered the Beer Battered Onion Rings, which were…Beer Battered Onion Rings – no more, no less. Served on every counter and table is a variety of sauces to try with both burgers and sides, from chipotle ketchup to jalapeño sauce to burger sauce.

Chips with Blue Cheese Sauce
We ended with a coconut milkshake and a pistachio milkshake. Both were simply amazing! If you head out to BBP, don’t leave without trying one of their shakes.

Don’t expect a fancy burger at BBP, but you will find some unique and different additions to the burger genre. You can definitely tell that a lot of thought went in to the detail of each menu item. I have a feeling that Bobby will be popping up a few more BBP’s in the future, so keep an eye out for them.

And don’t worry, Shake Shack (my favorite Manhattan burger joint!) – I’m coming back to you soon!

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