It doesn't seem like it should be difficult to find a decent burger, hand pressed of fresh ground beef, cooked to a perfect medium, and served on a nice roll with a few tasty fries. Oh yes, there are a few places here on the Cape that put out a decent burger. I've had reasonable approximations at the Wequassett outdoor patio ($14.99) or at Barby Ann's Hyannis (around $10 and the only thing worth ordering there). Well, I'm here to tell you I've finally found Burger Nirvana in an unexpected spot, the new "Seaside Pub on Main" in Hyannis in the former location of Hannah's Fusion Restaurant. I went on the recommendation of a friend who works on Main Street who described it as 'pub grub except it's cooked by a real chef'. After our first visit, I now understand what he means. Our party of three started with chowder and chicken fingers. Sounds basic, right? First, the chowder was possibly the best I've had on Cape. Freshly made loaded with tender clams and skin-on potatoes. Not too thick and not too thin. Perhaps a bit too heavy handed on the applewood smoked bacon, but clearly the work of a superior hand. I knew this place had potential when I noticed that the chef put up the chowders instead of the customary waitstaff dipping into a steamtable bucket. One small complaint was it could have been a tad hotter. The chicken fingers were clearly hand breaded and coated with fresh herbs. No Sysco frozen fingers here. The sauce was a vanilla honey dijon aioli. Very tasty and unique. On to the burger, there are several permutations available, but I went with the old school basic cheese burger. Half pound Black Angus ground sirloin plain or with choices of cheese: Swiss, Cheddar & Monteray Jack, Gorgonzola, Goat Cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano at only $7.95. Five type of hand cut fries come with, and I chose the pomme frites with truffle oil and Parmesan Reggiano which were terrific. The roll was grilled La Boccia bread and it was both soft and tender, yet held up well to the burger itself. No burger on Cape comes close, at any price. At only $7.95 it's a bargain!
It's a strange concept, but one that I hope works. Well worth a try for lunch. I suspect I'll give it go for dinner one of these nights and report back when I do.