FISHKILL, N.Y. -- Any way you flip it, the burger is one of America’s favorite foods. We asked for your top picks in the county; the list has been narrowed to three finalists, each of which is being profiled this week.
Who Has the Best Burger in Dutchess County?
Schatzi's Pub, Poughkeepsie
Whistling Willie's American Grill, Fishkill
Who will win? It’s up to you, Daily Voice readers, so let your fingers do the clicking. Voting ends 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. You can vote multiple times, albeit once per day.
What Makes It Patty Perfect: Willie’s char-grilled patties are made with house-ground prime hanger steak and “secret” seasonings. They are served on toasted brioche buns with a half-sour pickle, coleslaw, and house-cut spuds.
The burger list is extensive. Among the most intriguing sounding are the “Surf and Turf,” topped with chunks of lobster, spinach and lemon chili mayo and an apparent homage to southern cuisine, the “Red Eye,” which is rubbed with coffee, grilled with Wild Turkey honey barbecue sauce, and adorned with cherry hardwood smoked bacon and pepper jack cheese. For the less adventurous, there is the “Plain Jane” (simply grilled with lettuce and tomato), the classic cheeseburger, and a veggie version served topless (the burger, not the waitstaff) with avocado and lemon yogurt sauce.
With nearly 20 brews available, no one should have a problem finding some suds to go with their beef. Willie’s, which opened in Fishkill last year, also maintains its original eatery in Cold Spring in Putnam County where it serves up pub grub such as its award-winning chicken wings. And the DiFrancesco family, owners of Willie’s, say there may be a franchise in their future.
Dig In: 738 Route 9, (845) 897-0100Who ; www.whistlingwillies.com .
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