KB's Burger Shack
411 W. Main St. Patchogue, NY
Burger Shack was created to put the freshest ingredients into "comfort food" recipes for old and new friends. In this ever changing world, we hope you enjoy our special menu, which is meant to comfort both your stomach and your wallet.Hours: 11:30a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11p.m. Friday -Saturday. Ambience: Good Service: Good Credit cards: Accepted Accessibility: not wheelchair accessible
It's an endless summer at KB's Burger Shack, a beachy-casual eatery where the menu is all about American comforts at comfortably low prices. The crew is friendly, the bar lively, the music catchy, the dining rooms -- upstairs and down -- populated by a multigenerational crowd.
Be forewarned, though, that in this century-old building, caution should be used navigating the long, narrow staircase.
House-made potato chips are thin, crisp, salty -- truly irresistible. I take pleasure in the deep fried shrimp "lollipops," skewered and served with a lively lime dipping sauce. And the "pig in a blanket" (a long hot dog wrapped in puff pastry, topped with mustard and sauerkraut) is, unquestionably, a kick. Baked clams have a nice smoky quality, thanks to the addition of chopped bacon.
A place calling itself Burger Shack should serve a fine burger, and this one does. Witness the thick, juicy, beefy Santa Fe version served on an English muffin and topped with avocado and caramelized onions in a balsamic-garlic-chipotle reduction. Ornate, yet surprisingly good. The Mykonos burger, grilled ground lamb flecked with fresh chopped mint and crowned with cucumber, dill, feta and yogurt, is unconventional but hyper-flavorsome. A few notches below is the respectable (if somewhat boring) fresh chopped salmon burger.
Tops among comfort classics is that old favorite, mac and cheese. Here, it gets a boost from chunks of ham, peas and a thatch of fried onions. I'm taken, as well, with the soul-satisfying meat loaf with mashed potatoes and gravy.
Worthwhile endings: moist cupcakes and a terrific chocolate milk shake. Vanilla works, too.
Sadly, fries are previously frozen. A turkey burger -- ground poultry mixed with onions, peppers and Jack cheese -- turns out dry. And a special of ribs and chicken has that telltale reheated flavor.
The food at KB's may not dazzle, but it sure does gratify.