POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - BurgerFi of Poughkeepsie wants to dazzle you with its impressive array of artisan burgers, freshly-cut fries, local craft beers and frozen custards.
And the restaurant seems to be doing a good job.
Located on Raymond Avenue near Vassar College, BurgerFi is all about offering natural, high-quality choices as far as menu items, and being environmentally smart by utilizing recycled materials whenever possible.
The restaurant - which opened in 2014 - uses only certified Angus beef from its own ranch, where cattle roam free, breathe mountain air, eat grass and are treated humanely, according to the BurgerFi website.
They cut all their own fresh french fries, and offer just about every kind of topping you can imagine for their many burger options, fries and beer-battered onion rings.
Chairs, tables, and even light fixtures are all made from recycled materials. Chairs and tables are made from recycled Coca-Cola cans, plastic chairs are made from plastic Coca-Cola bottles, and even the lights in the place hang on what are clearly old butcher meat hooks.
"Our focus for the food is all-natural," BurgerFi Manager Sarah Lynn Jackson told Daily Voice. "No steroids, hormones, antibiotics, only grass-fed beef, and all our own cattle. Our fries are all hand cut - we go through anywhere from 150 to 300 pounds of potatoes a day.
"We also focus all-natural furniture where we can," she added. "Our tables and chairs are made from recycled materials, all the wood on the walls comes from old pallets... It's all about upcycling."
They try to go the extra mile with their frozen custard as well. "It's creamier, denser and more tasty than most soft serve," Jackson said. "It's very popular with students."
Most popular items are the good old-fashioned cheeseburger, a veggie-burger, 'Urban Style' fries (with tossed parmesan and garlic Aioli), house-made soft-serve custard, and local craft beers.
The restaurant is also currently raising money for Saint Jude, with $1.00 from each sale going to the children's hospital. "Our goal is to give $100,000.00 by the end of the year," Jackson said.
BurgerFi offers craft beer tastings the third Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. "We try to focus on local breweries, we have Mill House (from Poughkeepsie) and Two Way (Beacon), as well as some others," Jackson said. "People seem to love the place. They say you can definitely taste the difference in the quality of the burgers. And we're pretty busy on weekends, sometimes you can't find a seat."
BurgerFi is located at 60 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, and can be reached at 845-473-7200.