Burgers, Shakes & Fries

Hamburgers | Hot Dog
One of the best

A big, juicy cheeseburger is high on my list of life’s pleasures; a cheeseburger with good French fries and a chocolate shake is bliss. It follows that a restaurant named Burgers, Shakes & Fries is going to get my attention. It is a bit pricey compared to what you get at McChains, but these hamburgers are not junk food. Grill-cooked using daily-ground 82% lean beef, they are large, succulent, and full-flavored. Instead of buns, BS&F uses slabs of thick toast that are buttered and grilled to add extra savor. A single 1/3-pound patty is slightly unwieldy; a double is an eating challenge, especially if you pile on the extras, which range from four kinds of cheese and all known condiments to bacon, chili, and a fried egg.

French fries have crisp edges and chewy skin, delivering plenty of soft, spuddy satisfaction within. Milk shakes are thick enough to demand serious sucking on a straw.

The restaurant is minuscule, with only a handful of counter seats and a line of people waiting to place orders and pick up to-gos. While it is not instantaneous fast food, it is fast enough to make this an ideal quick stop for anyone traveling along I-95 in southwesternmost Connecticut who wants an excellent easy-off, easy-on burger-eating experience.

Note: There is a second BS&F in Darien, CT, at 800 Post Road. 203-202-9401.

What to Eat
Burgers, Shakes & Fries, Double Cheeseburger
Double Cheeseburger
Two 1/3-pound patties with cheese, ketchup, mustard, mayo, special sauce & pickles. To its right: BS&F's excellent French fries.
Burgers, Shakes & Fries, Milk Shake
Milk Shake
The mere insertion of a straw caused this fine chocolate milk shake to start spilling of the rim of its glass.
Burgers, Shakes & Fries, Hot Dog
Hot Dog
For burger-frowners, BS&F offers hot dogs in lusciously buttered and toasted buns.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday12pm - 3pm
Monday11:30am - 8pm
Tuesday11:30am - 8pm
Wednesday11:30am - 8pm
Thursday11:30am - 8pm
Friday11:30am - 9:30pm
Saturday11:30am - 9:30pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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