Chef Tony Bellucci (who owns the luncheonette with Mary Ellen Lambertson) told me that it was 10 ounces of sirloin, with a little extra fat thrown in to bring the lean down to 80 percent. It sat on the griddle for a long time, getting good and crusty but not at all charred. Unfortunately, I was too full to give it a try.
Today I rectified that situation. It’s a terrific burger: juicy, with the complex flavor of a good steak. I wish it had been served on a burger bun rather than an unyielding kaiser roll, and the cheese hadn’t completely melted. But none of that took much away from a very fine burger. And it only cost $6.
Winnie’s Coffee Shop is at 166 E. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-665-9706.
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