Due to my eating exploits around New York City I have an abundance of foodie memories, gastronomic comas, and not to mention a few extra inches around my waist. From simple eats, to comforting meals, to all out disgusting pig-outs.
Therefore, these are the experiences that will be henceforth locked away in a new page on this blog – The Gluttony Files…..
Island Burgers & Shakes
If you ever get the hankering to eat a cow, this is the place to go!
After a recent Broadway event a group of friends and I were quite hungry and needed something to fill our belly’s. What better then huge slabs of meat with all types of toppings for a sloppy delicious gut busting meal? Island Burgers & Shakes satisfied our carnivorous cravings – and then some!
The place itself is on the small side, so if you are the claustrophobic type and can’t handle people sitting close to you in a narrow space, you might get freaked out a bit. Still, the night we arrived here it was pretty empty with only a few other people gorging on burgers of meat joy. I say this because as soon as you walk in the smell of burgers and onions enter your nostrils and your brain registers synapses of happiness and love. Me want meat – now!
Small bar up front offers a nice selection of craft beers in bottle and cans. Ordered up a Coney Island Lager and took a look at the menu. Holy cow! There is just so much to choose here. Huge menu. From burgers, to chicken, to all types of side and shakes. Row upon row of crazy combinations, but on this day, the meat options are what we were here for. I chose the “Hobie’s Burger” – served au poivre with bleu cheese, sauteed onions and bacon on sourdough. Good lord! This was a monster sized portion of messy meat deliciousness! If you are calorie conscious be prepared to eat nothing but salad and water for a week after consuming enough here to feed a small family.
The burger itself is large, tasty, and juicy. The amount of sauce and cheese put upon it is criminal. The bacon was cooked nice and crispy. It is like eating a Dagwood sandwich from the old Blondie comics, as the normal sized human mouth can not handle this much meat! The bread it is stuffed in is thick and fluffy, but ends up in a sloppy mess that you end up eating with a fork and fingers. The burger is so good you really don’t care. Yes, you will end up in a burger meat coma when consuming one of these bad boys!
Also, we had to order up some fries to totally destroy our diets to go along with our burgers. Yummy gooey cheese fries, and gut destroying chili cheese fries. Crispy fries drenched in melted cheese goodness. Hey, if you are going to go all out, then might as well jump all the way overboard!
I felt like I needed the jaws of life to get me out of my chair after this meal. Nice service, laid back vibe, clean place, decent beers, and delicious burger choices from simple to decadent. What is there not to like? Just make sure you are not walking far after this, as a nap is in order after consuming an ungodly amount of terrific calories here!