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Bobby's Burger Palace and Classic American: Bodacious burgers

"Cheese & Heat" burger at Classic American in West Babylon (Dec. 2011) Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

Burgers aren’t what I usually gravitate to in my free time, when I strive for relatively healthy eating. But, driven by a fierce craving, I ended up ordering burgers twice in a single week. And scoring major satisfaction.

While shopping at Roosevelt Field, a friend and I decided to try the new Bobby’s Burger Palace, which, despite being inside the mall, is only accessible by an outdoor entrance. Once inside, I ordered the "L.A." burger, one topped with avocado relish, Cheddar, watercress and tomato ($7.75). It came rare, as ordered, and proved delicious beyond expectation.

Later the same week, I ended up at Classic American in West Babylon, a Gordon Ramsay “Kitchen Nightmares” makeover. One bite of the juicy and delectable “cheese and heat” burger  ($10) sent me into another zone. The topping was as messy as it was wondrous: fresh jalapenos, a sort of slaw made of shredded lettuce and “secret sauce,” Cheddar and Muenster.

Both burgers worth every oozy, drippy bite.

Bobby’s Burger Palace at Roosevelt Field, 630 Old Country Rd., East Garden City; 516-877-7777.
Classic American, 691 Rte. 109, West Babylon; 631-226-3663

Above, the "cheese and heat" burger at Classic American in West Babylon