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Bay Shore: Burger boon

The cheeseburger at Winnie's Luncheonette in Bay Shore

The cheeseburger at Winnie's Luncheonette in Bay Shore Photo Credit: Erica Marcus

Back in January, I discovered the banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) at Winnie’s in Bay Shore. While eating it,  Winnie’s burger caught my eye.

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.

Newsday photo / Erica Marcus

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