“Déjà vu all over again” – Yogi Berra
In April 2006, Cherry Street East (affectionately called CSE) suffered the greatest catastrophe that can strike any business when it became engulfed in flames. A total loss, ten years later, with the building rebuilt to its former glory the legendary burgers continue to draw crowds on a daily basis.
Jfood is glad to send people to CSE. The 8-ounce burgers are ground daily on the premises and then hand formed taking great care to keep the integrity of the meat intact, you still see the grind of the meat. The half-pound size allows for a nice thick presentation, and it is fully capable of handling any of the numerous combinations of toppings that include traditional tomato, lettuce, grilled peppers and onions plus guacamole, jalapeno peppers and salsa. Upon the delicious first bite you will understand why people love the Cherry Street East burger. Jfood religiously orders the Vermonster with American cheese. The meat has a great flavor, full, rich, reminiscent of all the burgers you love when you grill at home. While the Kaiser roll is the standard fare, Jfood recommends the English muffin. The additional flavor of the muffin adds a little sharpness to the burgers deep flavor.
The other item that Jfood loves at CSE are the house cut onion rings. Each morning pounds of onions are hand cut and readied for the day. The coating is light and crispy and the onions are soft and wonderful. They arrive unsalted, but each table is equipped with individual salt and pepper grinders. A lunch of a burger and onion rings in this friendly establishment is one of the best ways to spend a lazy afternoon.
The delectable burgers, onion rings, and fries can be accompanied by a selection of six beers on tap including Bass, Bud Light, Guiness, Sierra Ale, Smithwick’s Ale, and Stella. In addition, several choices of beer are available in bottles. And when Jfood orders his normal glass of water, his order is always well received. The always occupied bar offers three strategically placed TV’s broadcasting sports, CNN, ESPN or MSNBC. Jfood also likes the extremely relaxed, engaging and friendly atmosphere. The staff has been there for years and treats everyone like a member of the family.
Cherry Street East is a destination spot for a great hamburger. If you are in the mood for a great hand formed, perfectly cooked burger with a side of fries and some house prepared onion rings, then Cherry Street East is a great place to satisfy your craving. A fuller review with photos can be seen at
Cherry Street East
45 East Ave, New Canaan, CT 06840