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.