If you follow Food Dudes regularly, and I hope that you do, you’d know that Damion is our “burger guy.” I’m actually trying to convince him to be The Hamburglar for Halloween. So Damion, I apologize in advance for taking the market away from you for just one post. I hope that you’ll understand that I had to do this for the glory of cooked meat eaters everywhere.
Allow me to drop some hamburger knowledge on you for a minute. The term “hamburger” originally comes from Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city. In fact, in Germany someone from Hamburg can be referred to as a Hamburger. Someone from Frankfurt can be called a Frankfurter, and of course someone from Vienna, Austria can be called a Wiener (Wien is its official German name). And now that I’ve covered all of the bases in childish jokes we can continue.
The hamburger is a ground beef patty. You better have already known that though. But did you know that New Haven has claimed fame for the creation of the hamburger? And Food Dudes has been to and reviewed the baby daddy of the burger, Louis’ Lunch in New Haven. Little did Louis Lassen know that on that day in 1900, his name would be in the history books thanks to a man in a hurry and some ground steak trimmings between two slices of toast. And now this tasty tradition can continue with places like Flipside in Fairfield.
I’m a big fan of blue cheese. I would eat it all the time if it was deemed socially acceptable. I’ve even gone as far as having it on steak. In my opinion it’s the ultimate flavor enhancer. Gorgonzola is a type of blue cheese, so this was right up my alley.
The burger was exceptionally cooked, although I was not asked how I would like it. I would later find out that Flipside cooks all their burgers medium unless you tell them otherwise. I happen to like it medium so there was no issue.
The gorgonzola hits your mouth and melts, and then you get the sweetness from the apricots. Add that to a juicy patty and a grilled bun and it’s quite the flavorful experience. The dish also comes with: fries, coleslaw and pickle chips. I substituted my fries for sweet potato fries, which proved to be very addictive. The coleslaw and pickle chips were crunchy and fresh.
Of course, I couldn’t stop at just getting a burger. You can’t have a complete retro meal without a milkshake. Or in my case, a malt. A malt is a variation of the milkshake with malted milk powder added, making it thicker.
Flipside has a few varieties to choose from, including the basics: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. But then there are the uncommon flavors: Black and White, Coffee, Mocha, and my Orange Creamsicle. Take one sip of this and prepare to be blown away.
If you’ve ever had creamsicle ice cream then you’ve got an idea of what this tastes likes. Creamy, sweet, and “sherbety.” It will remind you of summertime during your childhood and make you forget all about the price tag, which hovers above the “Five Dollar Ice Cream” quote without the added malt option. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, sit down and watch Pulp Fiction immediately after reading this review.
I enjoyed my overall experience at Flipside. It was like being in a throwback diner, but with less tacky dining room furniture and no roller skating waitresses. The prices don’t necessarily reflect the 50’s though. A burger will set you back anywhere from $9 (a hamburger with no toppings) to $14 (the custom Hawaii Five-O Burger with: pulled pork, bacon and grilled pineapple). But of course you get what you pay for, and this is worth it.
But if you don’t want a burger for whatever reason, Flipside has other options like sandwiches, salads, hot dogs, and mac ‘n cheese. And Flipside is pretty new to Fairfield, having just opened in 2009. But with a growing fan base that includes Fairfield University about a mile away, this place has staying power potential. So grab your best Hamburglar costume and head to downtown Fairfield to try Flipside. But just remember that Food Dudes cannot be held responsible for anything that happens to you should you decide to actually do that.
Flipside Burgers & Bar
1125 Post Road, Fairfield
(203) 292 – 8233