Table Hopping with Morris Gut
A TALE OF TWO TORTILLA WRAPPED BURGERS!
I have a thing for tortilla wrapped burgers and, in my travels, I have found two I would like to share with you. Chef/owner Sal Cucullo Jr. serves a wonderful El Barrio Burger, with toothsome fig jam, Oaxaca cheese, wrapped in a flour tortilla. Chef Sal created El Barrio to highlight Mexican street food. There are knockout flavors and a playful atmosphere. Additional specialties include Mexican Street Corn off the cobb; Calamares y Camarones Fritos, arbol aioli; traditional Guacamole; Wood-Fired open-faced Quesadillas; Tacos and Tostadas; and fresh-made south-of-the-border cocktails. Outdoor patio. El Barrio, 185 Summerfield St., Scarsdale. 914-723-2600. www.elbarrio.com
Another south of the border eatery that has plenty to like is Boxcar Cantina in Greenwich (Byram), where the Farrell family has been serving up the flavors of Northern New Mexican for 28 years. They offer a Boxcar Burger, topped with Jack cheese, hot New Mexican green chiles, wrapped in a flour tortilla, served with organic hand-cut fries and organic ketchup. They also focus on Tex-Mex/Southwestern dishes, like their extraordinary Tee Pee Nachos. Among the best Nachos I have had. There is a main dining room and the tavern room which has a seasonal fireplace. Outdoor patio, too. Boxcar Cantina, 44 Old Field Point Road, Greenwich, CT. 203-661-4774 www.boxcarcantina.com
OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER AT KEE!
Ekren and Elvi, owners of Kee Oyster House in White Plains, serve a delightful seafood-rich menu in a contemporary, white-tiled setting. A pristine selection of East/West oysters is served every day with all the trimmings. An indulgent platter of Oysters Rockefeller is a specialty. Recently enjoyed a loaded Lobster Roll with a side of Old Bay chips at lunch. Their version of Fried Calamari teases my palate. While a taste of their Pan-Seared Scallops with seafood risotto and brown butter sends me into foodie heaven. There are dramatic Hot or Cold Seafood Towers, too. For you carnivores out there, a hefty 16 oz. Dry-Rubbed Prime Sirloin is on the menu. Good beer and wine selection. Open Mon-Sat. KEE, 126 E. Post Road. White Plains. 914-437-8535 www.keeoysterhouse.com
GREAT HAPPY HOURS AT SALTAIRE!
Proprietors Les & Beth Barnes have done a fine job maintaining this popular seafood house. I enjoyed a recent Happy Hour here and judging from the crowd it is a big draw. They serve a Wine & Brine weekday Happy Hour in their Oyster Lounge from 4 pm to 6 pm and all-day Thursdays featuring 50% off the price of oysters, along with a discounted selection of wines and beers and small plates. Saturday & Sundays, too, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. On this visit, I had my eyes set on a bowl of Mussels Provencal, white wine, shallots, garlic, parsley, with butter toasted baguette. Side of crispy cauliflower was a perfect crunchy compliment. Saltaire Oyster Bar and Fish House, 55 Abendroth Ave., Port Chester. 914-939-2425 www.saltaireoysterbar.com
(Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)