The next stop on my unending burger quest found me sitting at a high top table in the rear of Bailey’s Backyard in Ridgefield. This modest two room restaurant is known for its creative cuisine with an unwavering Farm to Table attitude instilled in the entire menu by Executive Chef, Forrest Pasternack. I met Chef Pasternack last year at a Blogger dinner and again at a few charity events and have shared a few conversations with him. Many have told me about the Cheddar and Ale Burger. The Burger is served with caramelized onions, cheddar & ale sauce on a brioche, with a side of shoestring potatoes.
The burger was perfectly prepared to my requested medium rare. I tasted the meat and I knew this was going to be a great burger. It was a deep and rich grass-fed beef. The cheddar and ale sauce was like none I have ever tasted. It was fabulous, with an incredible array of flavors. The caramelized onions were delicious, soft and sweet and a great complement to the complexity of the sauce. The brioche was a great with just a touch of buttery goodness. The hand-cut shoestring fries were delicious, crispy on the exterior and soft on the interior and the kitchen finished them with just a bit of salt.
Chef Pasternack approached the table with a surprise in his hand...anew dessert he has been working on. Well, it was pretty special as well.
Overall this is one of the best burgers in Fairfield County and I highly recommend it.