Burger Bulletin: Bailey’s Backyard


Since I attended a blogger’s dinner before the summer of 2014 at Bailey’s Backyard in Ridgefield, I had only been back once and that was for a few drinks. Don’t get me wrong here, Bailey’s is great! I just don’t get to Ridgefield as much as I’d like to.
Seeing how I loved BB then, I looked for a reason to go back (and I did) and try something that Chef Forrest Pasternack briefly talked about at the blogger’s event…A burger.
I typically don’t order a burger at dinner and at Bailey’s there are a plethora of good things on the menu to choose from but the burger stuck with me and I went for it.
Bailey’s has two burgers to choose from but I went with the Cheddar & Ale Burger, medium rare, and cooked perfectly. The beef is from the nearby Snow Hill Farm in North Salem, NY and is extremely tender, loose ground, juicy, and flavorful. The messy part, albeit it extremely creamy and delicious, is the cheddar ale sauce that sits atop the burger along with enough sweet caramelized onions, and that combo is sure to please any burger lover. The brioche buns acts as a major assist to the eater because it holds up to the cheddar-ale sauce and onions and does not fall apart. Accompanying the burger is a pile of crispy, fresh cut matchstick style fries that I couldn’t get enough of. If this was a chain restaurant style thing with bottomless fries, I may still be there eating as you’re reading this.
Btw, if you go to Bailey’s, get a drink. They rock.
I’ll admit it, it was tough to order a burger here with the many temptations that are on the menu but I’d do it again in a heartbeat! Chef Pasternack’s Cheddar & Ale Burger is easily in my top three in Fairfield County.
Oh, and that other burger…
It’s called The 50/50 Burger; half dry-aged beef, half North Country bacon patty, on brioche. I know what I’m getting next time. I simply have to have it.
Bailey’s Backyard
23 Bailey Avenue
Ridgefield, CT 06877
(203) 431-0796

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