Hamburgers | Vegetarian
One of the best


Like ice cream, potato chips, and coffee, hamburgers have gotten much better over the last few decades. There are more and better choices all up and down the status ladder. Cheap or fancy, good ones are plentiful. But great ones remain hard to find. Poppy’s serves a great one.

It is not an unusual or outrageous burger in any obvious way. It is decent-size, an honest quarter pound, crusty and irregularly shaped, thick enough to ooze juice but not boastfully large. A single is listed on the menu as a Classic Little. Two in a bun is a Classic Big. Both automatically come with a spill of chopped sweet red onion and a melting mantle of Adirondack cheddar cheese (from Barneveld, NY), which is sharp enough to be a significant presence, but not so flavorful that it in any way detracts from the booming protein flavor of the beef. Like the cheese, and like so much of the menu here, including tomatoes in tomato season and Hudson Valley lettuce, the beef used to make these burgers is local. The menu promises it is grass-fed and humanely raised and has a “distinct, clean flavor that melts in your mouth.” Yes, it does. Other burger options include a BBQ bacon burger, an egg-topped burger, and even a veggie patty made of beans. Beyond burgers, there is a short list of beefless rice bowls and salads available.

Every good hamburger deserves a good spud companion. Poppy’s offers two: sweet potato chips that are sliced see-through thin – crisp and elegant – and French fries that are gorgeous golden twigs, served piping hot.

For all the attention paid to the provenance of the provender, Poppy’s is a casual, bare-table, paper-napkin sort of place. Burgers come wrapped in foil; and while glasses are available for soft drinks and beer, my waitress apparently sized me up as a more rugged sort of guy, bringing my root beer in its bottle with the twist-off cap still attached. For those who came to Poppy’s back when it opened in 2009 and service was do-it-yourself, note that it has since remodeled, but not dramatically. Indoor seats are at handsome wood-back booths and out back there is now a nice patio for open-air eating.

What to Eat
Poppy’s, Classic Little
Classic Little
For reasons I cannot explain, Poppy's quarter-pound Classic Little seems significantly larger than other restaurants' quarter-pounders. With that high-quality cheddar and a good bun, it is a satisfying burger.
Poppy’s, Small Fries
Small Fries
French fries are crisp, flavorful, and populated with crunchy little dark brown twigs from the fry basket.
Poppy’s, Sweet Potato Chips
Sweet Potato Chips
I often order sweet potato fries or chips, loving sweet potatoes and hoping that a spell in the fry kettle will make them even better. Most of the time, their sweet-earth flavor has been vanquished by the oil, leaving only drab and ghostly spuds. Poppy's sweet potato chips are an exception: radiant with spicy flavor, crunchy-crisp, and salted just enough to balance their inherent sweetness.
Poppy’s, Classic Big
Classic Big
The Classic Big is two quarter-pound patties with melting Adirondack cheddar between them and a bed of crisp sweet onions underneath. The bun is soft and eggy, just barely sturdy enough to withstand the onslaught of burger juices that ooze from the double patties.
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Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday12 pm - 8 pm
Monday5 pm - 8 pm
Wednesday11 am - 3 pm
Thursday12 pm - 8 pm
Friday12 pm - 8 pm
Saturday12 pm - 8 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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