Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hip Hip Hooray for Island Burgers & Shakes' Hippo

Island Burger Hippo
It's been ages since I've had a chance to drop by Island Burgers & Shakes. In the time since my last visit they've started serving fries, yes, fries! In the going on ten years that I've been an IB&S customer, the back of their menu has always had this long explanation about why they only serve bagged chips and baked potatoes (something about how their kitchen is too tiny and the electricity to run the fryer/bring the space up to code would too much money), but as I reported on Midtown Lunch, the perfectly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside fries are worth the walk. What did I get to accompany said fries? The Hippo, a wacky and unconventional chicken sandwich that more than breaks the ML bank...

Shhh, don't tell Zach, but this sandwich (and only the sandwich) was $11.75. But topped with curried sour cream, bacon, cheddar, onion, scallion, and guacamole on a pita, this was far from your ordinary chicken sandwich. While I'm normally loathe to crack $10 on a sandwich (hell, I have a hard time paying more than $5 for a sandwich unless it's 1) top of the line and 2) enormous. I think the Hippo satisfies both requirements while reminding me that curried sour cream is a very, very good thing. Would I have paired these ingredients together? Probably not. But I'm very glad they did.

Island Burgers & Shakes

766 9th Ave # 1
New York, NY 10019-632
(212) 307-7934

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