When you picture a burger joint, there’s a counter, small tables, metals and bright colors. The minute you walk into LT Burger in Sag Harbor you know you have found a place where you can get a great burger. They have a counter in the middle of the restaurant, metal chairs and the walls are white with orange accents. After I took my first bite, I knew my first impressions were right.
The first course that was recommended to my guest and me was the deep-fried pickles. I was a little hesitant to try them, but I was reassured that they were delicious. And they were. These Horman pickles were dipped in beer batter and deep-fried to a crunchy perfection. Accompanying this Southern tradition was a homemade buttermilk ranch dipping sauce that was tangy; my guest raved that this is what made the dish. Second, we were served the Buffalo wings with bleu cheese dressing. These were some of the biggest wings I have ever had, and the messiest at that. The chef explained that he brines the chicken first, then dredges it in flour, fries the wings and finally tosses them in the sweet, yet spicy Buffalo sauce.
For our main course the chef brought us both the signature LT Burger with bacon. The mixture of meat they use gives the burger a great beefy flavor that isn’t too fatty, yet is still succulent. The bacon is very smoky, which just gives a more meaty punch to the burger. On the side we had waffle and shoestring fries, which were on the crispy side and not oily at all. And when I say shoestring, I mean perfect thin strands of fried potato. To accompany our burgers we were brought jerk chicken and turkey burger sliders. The chef informed me that he actually smokes the chicken with allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers. This keeps it juicy and gives it a great kick of jerk spice. On top was a vinegary slaw and thin fried onions. The turkey burger was also moist and was smothered with a yogurt sauce and cilantro.
To cap off our meals, even though we were about to pop, we were served two milkshakes. One was toasted marshmallow with vanilla ice cream and the other was Oreo with chocolate ice cream. They were absolutely divine and distinctly different from one another, but they brought me back to childhood. The marshmallow shake had a perfectly burnt marshmallow on top and chucks of marshmallow in the ice cream mixture. It was as if I was drinking liquefied marshmallow around a campfire. The Oreo shake was thicker and super chocolaty. Oreos are my favorite cookies, so I swigged this shake down quick.
LT Burger is a child’s dream come true. Juicy burgers, crispy fries and creamy milkshakes would please anyone’s palate. If you’re ever in Sag Harbor and need a place to bring the family, LT Burger is it!
LT Burger, 62 Main Street, Sag Harbor, N.Y., 631-899-4646, www.ltburger.com.