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Theyve got a fine lineup of regular burgers at Bobbys Burger Palace, but every month brings a special. Decembers burger of the month, I learned Thursday at Bobbys in Lake Grove, is the brunch burger, topped with American cheese, smoked bacon and a fried egg.
Man, was this a good burger. You know whats rare at most burger chains? The possibility of getting your burger cooked to order. I ordered mine medium-rare, and thats exactly what I got ($8.25). The cheese was perfectly melted, the bacon was crisp but not burned, while the egg, I have to say, was a little overdone. When I cut into the yolk, it failed to run. The waiter noticed this and immediately offered me a do-over, which I declined. It was still delicious. Also, the fries were perfect. Ive gotten to the point where I actually prefer Bobbys fry sauce (mayonnaise with roasted red pepper and chipotle) to ketchup.
Bobby's Burger Palace is at 355 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, 631-382-9590, and at Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-877-7777.
About three years ago, Bobbys Burger Palace posted the recipe for the fry sauce. Here it is:
BBP FRY SAUCE
cup prepared mayonnaise
1 small red pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced
1 chipotle chili in adobo
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to meld. Makes about cup.