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Westchester Burger Company (White Plains)

Posted in Westchester Burger Co (White Plains) on December 18, 2010 by jaydel818

106 Westchester Avenue
White Plains, NY

5 Second Summary:
Price Range- Burgers from $6-17  (at time of posting)
Ambiance- Casual burger joint
Cuisine- Man vs. Food-style, cholesterol-defying pub grub
Hits- Great shakes, surprisingly flavorful salads, reasonable prices
Misses- You have to really work hard to choose healthy options here, and I’m gonna say it… the burgers are more innovation and “show” than substance.

My husband really likes Westchester Burger Co.  They give you huge portions of food at pretty reasonable prices.  Our recent visit there, in fact, was a ploy by my mother, sister, and brother to purchase a Christmas gift certificate for him.  I’m a bit more skeptical… to me, less is more.  I don’t need quite so much food.  I’d rather just have great food.

So we started off with crispy fried pickle chips accompanied by a remoulade sauce.  Pickles are great.  Fried pickles are better.  No criticisms here.

Next we tried the chicken spring rolls with rosemary aioli and a sweet chili sauce.  The sauces were great, and I have to admire the sweet-savory balance.  Well done, friends.

But the burgers were what we came for… Cleverly-named dishes  (the Soprano burger made with fresh mozzarella, pesto, and roasted red peppers; the Napa Valley with watercress, goat cheese, and zinfandel vinaigrette; the South Beach salmon burger; the Ba Da Bing burger with hot sausage, broccoli rabe, and provolone) entice the eater.  Many of these catchy sobriquets are decidedly “man-friendly.”  For example, my brother ordered his own tweaked version of the Hangover, which normally comes with applewood smoked bacon, Monterey Jack, and a fried egg.

Exhibit #2: My husband ordered the Entourage: a behemoth sandwich starring a ten-ounce burger nestled between two sourdough grilled cheese sandwiches.

Mom had the WBC House Salad: mixed greens with sliced avocado, candied walnuts,  baby tomato, and a zinfandel vinaigrette.   [On an earlier visit with my husband, I’d had a custom version of the Yankee Classic: bibb lettuce, watercress, strawberries, smoked bacon, goat cheese, and balsamic-tarragon vinaigrette, which was also great.  Admittedly, it was kind-of funny to watch people give me sideways glances as I committed the sacrilege of consuming a salad at a burger joint.]

My sister and I shared the eight-ounce Kobe Burger, sans cheddar, with raw onion and tomato.  I have to be honest; the burger was really seasoned, and the seasoning was tasty.  It just didn’t have that wow! factor.  I wanted more juicy pink bits, and I wanted the meat to taste more like meat than seasoning.  It all felt more like show than substance.

The sweet potato waffle fries with a maple sauce, however, were all substance… and off the hook.  Watch yourself! These are DANGEROUSLY delicious.

We all shared a S’mores shake, with crunchy bits of crumbled graham cracker at the bottom.  Um. Yeah.  Fabulous.  [My husband had given me a taste of his peanut butter and jelly shake on our previous visit, and that one was dead-on delicious also.]

Westchester Burger Co. puts on a great show.  It’s actually fun to watch tables oooh and aaah as waitstaff place gluttonous portions of fried food in front of them.  For my own taste, I prefer a more subtle menu.  I don’t need towers of food; just give me small, fresh, clean, flavorful dishes with great ingredients.  WBC certainly isn’t short on flavor, but I’d rather have one of our homemade, family, summer-barbecue burgers any day.  The “go big or go home” food ethic draws the crowds, though, and WBC has a wide niche market and popular appeal; I have no doubt that WBC will have a booming business, and I wish them well.

My husband and I will undoubtedly be back (we have a gift certificate, after all).  I’ll be easy to spot… just look for me, the one eating the salad.  🙂