Bounty Food Truck – Outstanding Burgers

CTB 1Back grill, restaurant, diner, food truck…it does not matter where you find it, and when you find a great burger, enjoy it. So when my buddies over at CTbites wrote about this new burger I knew I had to try it. 

BountyThe Bordelaise Burger at Bounty is outstanding. Let’s start with the meat, full of deep rich flavor and juicy, and then it was grilled to a perfect medium-rare. It was next topped with melted Gruyere cheese, which added a touch of creamy nuttiness. The next ingredient was a handful of arugula. The slight pepperiness of the arugula was a fantastic addition and also contributed a little crunch. The caramelized onions were sweet, adding just a touch of sweet back-notes and then the Malbec butter kicked in with a bold earthiness and a little pungency. This was a burger filled with tons of flavor and textures.

CTB 4There will be some detractors. It is priced at $12, and some may think this is expensive for a burger served from a food truck, others may criticize its size, I would guess the burger was 5 ounces pre-cooked, others may want fries included at this price. All fair statements, but for one of the best burgers I have eaten in a while, easily the best burger I have eaten from a food truck, I will gladly return and try some of the other combinations.

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Sakura (Westport) – Incredibly Disappointing

After reading all of the reviews we decided to try Sakura. The end result was a very disappointing experience…we left before ordering an entrée. We will more than likely return with friends in the Habachi side of the house, but we did not like the food on the regular side and it is now firmly on the NDR list.

On our first visit we decided to test the food with a few appetizers before committing to the entrees. The first to arrive was the Tempura, and it was also the best of the three we sampled. The order included three shrimp, a sweet potato and a piece of cauliflower. The breading was light and crisp and the interiors were soft and flavorful. It was served with a kitschy piece of fanned, tempura pasta, which should be avoided. The second appetizer we ordered was the Negamaki, a traditional beef wrapped scallion dish. The portion included the traditional eight pieces. The thinly sliced meat was ill prepared. Some were cooked well, while others were hard and overcooked. This was not an enjoyable dish, and we did not finish. The last, and worst of the trio was the Yakatori. Two chicken skewers sat atop the sauce. They were overcooked and inedible. I am not sure when or how they were prepared but they should never have left the kitchen.

Overall it was an incredibly disappointment hour we spent at Sakura. We decided to cut our losses, pay for the appetizers and go elsewhere. The good news…the next place was delicious.

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World of Beer Opens at Harbor Point

World of Beer opened in Stamford and is marketed as a dream for people who love beers. The chain now stretches from Reston, VA to this newest location and by offering a tremendous selection of beers, wines, cocktails and bar food, plus numerous TVs and live entertainment this could be a great way to spend time with friends and family. There are fifty beers on tap plus over 500 more in bottles, from local CT brews to those rare batches from the far reaches. For a different choice, they also offer Artisan cocktails. Two examples include a Gin Jam comprised of gin, simple syrup, berry jam and freshly macerated berries. For a change of pace they offer a beer-cocktail that combines the best of both worlds, such as their MargarIPA, a traditional margarita topped with a touch of IPA and then a squeeze of lime.

While the sheer volume of beers may be overwhelming, World of beer offers patrons I-Pad menus…technology meets brew master as each allows for searching, sorting and selection by numerous functions. Not sure which beer to order, opt for a 4-flight for $10 that include varying choices from Drink Local, Spring Seasonal, Intro to Hops and one that I hope they delete after the World Cup results, a Tour of Belgium.

Food options are limiting and described as Tavern Fare, “a celebration of the senses that enhances the flavors of our craft beers and craft spirits…a contemporary interpretation of classic comfort food, bar traditions, and innovative culinary trends.” Ranging from an enormous pretzel to rings, wings, sandwiches, tots and salads, very basic companions to the main event.

As Harbor Point continues to expand and attract other restaurants, it will be interesting to see how this beer-focused institution fits in. Will it be the pre-event for Paloma and Fortina or a successful stand-alone go-to spot to hang with friends? For the beer connoisseur this will be the destination spot in Stamford.

Thanks to my buddies at http://www.ctbites.com for breaking this news at:

http://www.ctbites.com/home/2014/3/14/restaurant-scene-explodes-stamfords-harbor-point.html

 

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