Burgers go green in Oceanside

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A BurgerFi burger with fries at the new

A BurgerFi burger with fries at the new Burger Fi in Oceanside. (May, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday Joan Reminick

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The new BurgerFi  in Oceanside is sleek and modern with accents of green — both the color and the concept. This is the first branch of a Florida-based franchise chain to open on Long Island; sustainability — both in decor and menu — is central to its concept.

While I was glad my burger was hormone and antibiotic-free, I wished I could have gotten it medium-rare. Instead, I was told, the franchise will only allow burgers to be cooked medium-well  and very-well. My BurgerFi burger ($5.57, 510 calories), which comes with two patties but may be had with a single, was overdone and dry. It did, however, benefit from the bright, fresh lettuce, tomato and the mayo-based BurgerFi sauce on top. Good bun, too.

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I was more impressed with the VegeFi burger ($6.97, 520 calories), a crisp quinoa patty crowned with white Cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes and that sauce. An order of freshly cut fries ($2.97, 650 calories) turned out to be toasty and terrific, tasting of nothing more complicated than potatoes and salt. A worthy caloric splurge was the chocolate shake ($4.47, about 720 calories), clean-tasting and deeply chocolaty.

A Woodbury branch of BurgerFi should be opening later this month. Watch for updates.

BurgerFi is at 3115 Long Beach Rd., Oceanside, 516-415-7900, burgerfi.com.

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