An insider's view of the Connecticut dining scene
May 8, 2014
09:05 AMThe Connecticut Table
Bobby Flay’s New Menu Offers Outrageously Good Burgers at Mohegan Sun
This burger lover’s paradise provides guests with a kingdom’s worth of flavor, and now that flavor is expanding. Recently, the menu at the restaurant was revamped to include two new milkshake flavors (served with decadently thick homemade whipped cream), a griddled pimento cheese and bacon sandwich, and four new burger styles (each beautifully highlighting the local flavors of a different region of America).
These additions to the menu arrive just in time for National Burger Month (May). In honor of that and because any month is a good month to visit a world-class burger establishment, I recently stopped by Bobby’s Burger Palace. In the name of journalistic integrity (and gluttony) I tried all the new menu items in one sitting. That's four new burgers, two milkshakes (right) and a griddled cheese sandwich. As my fiancée watched in horror, I assured her that “this is what I’ve been training for all my life.”
Bobby’s Burger Palace is a chain with select locations throughout the country. The Mohegan Sun location opened in 2009 and is the only one in Connecticut and one of just two in New England; the other is in Burlington, Mass.
See our related story: Best Burgers in Connecticut, in Honor of National Burger Month (May)
The restaurant is located just feet away from the slot machines and card tables at the Mohegan Sun casino. Guests sit at countertop-style tables and the place has a laid-back vibe that harkens back to the ma-and-pa burger-and-shake drive-ins and diners that used to dot the American landscape. Yet this is a supercharged version of the classic burger joint. Here simple flavors are crafted under the direction of a culinary genius. Sampling the new menu offerings will make you feel like a winner, regardless of how much you’ve lost playing the slots.
First I tried the Vegas Burger, (left) which is made with white American cheese, Fresno red chilies and barbecue potato chips. The chips add crunch and texture, while the red chilies add flavorful spice that is not overpowering. Next up was the Carolina Burger (below). Smoked American cheese, green onion slaw and mustard barbecue sauce combine to give this burger a distinctly Southern flair. Then I went west with the New Mexico Burger, which has queso sauce, roasted green chiles and pickled red onions; this is a must have for pickle lovers. For my last burger, I tried the Brunch Burger, which has a fried egg, smoked bacon, and American cheese. This burger was previously a Burger of the Month Special that became a permanent fixture of the menu thanks to fan support. It’s easy to see what the masses saw in this bacon, egg and beef patty creation that is perfect for breakfast but pretty great anytime of day.
If you don’t feel like a burger, try the new Griddled Pimento Cheese (left) and Bacon Sandwich, which can hold its own even when tasted right after one of the mighty Bobby Flay burgers, which is saying something.
No matter what you get, you’ll want to wash it down with one of the restaurant’s 10 milkshake flavors. The two new flavors are Mint Chocolate Chip and Mocha. Each is excellent in its own right but becomes nearly divine when paired with the venue’s not-to-be-missed whipped cream. (Right, the Bobby Blue Burger.)
At the end of my epic afternoon of culinary consumption, I was stuffed but deeply satisified. I'll make sure to stop in again next time I'm in the area, though I might stick to just one burger and one shake that time around.