Yet another Sunday afternoon and yet another "gourmet" burger place. This time it was Bella's Burger Shack, in lovely, quaint, and decidedly upscale Basking Ridge. This one we really liked. http://www.bellasburgershack.com/
First off, unlike many of the other burger places invading New Jersey in the last few years, it's not Corporate at all. It's decidedly local, right down to the owners, the very helpful young help, and the meat. As an added bonus, they have the wonderful Wild Bill's Sodas, on draft yet, with help-yourself refills. http://www.wildbillssoda.com/index.aspx
The burgers are cooked to order (sort of, my wife ordered hers medium well, I odered mine medium rare, they both came out looking pretty much the same).
They are a nice size, very fresh tasting, and fairly reasonable at around $5. Nice sturdy potato roll held the burgers together very well.
The fries were a little mushy. I'm not sure why, they were obviously hand cut and cooked to order. They were tasty though, just not as crisp as I'd expect.
And, OH, The Onion Rings! Among the best ever. Huge, freshly cut and fried, with a great batter and crunch. We'd go back for those alone.
Nice woodsy type place, only about 8 tables though, so I imagine it gets pretty crowded when it's not 2:30 on a Sunny Summer Sunday afternoon. Even then, most of the tables were taken.
Basking Ridge is a nice town to take a walk in, so that's what we did. We'll definately go back, Bella's was really good.
PS: It's a little hard to find, the address (52 South Finley) is some other store. Bella's and a couple of other businesses are down an alleyway (this being Basking Rdige, I'm not sure they'd use the word "alleyway", but that's what it is) around the back. Even so, people are finding it.
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