I am always a little bit skeptical when a menu proclaims that it has the “World’s Best” whatever-it-is they are trying to sell. In the case of the cheeseburger at Stage Left Restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ at least they have the press to back them up. Recently voted the “#1 must try burger” in New Jersey by the Food Network and further endorsed on this occasion by co-owner, Mark Pascal, who quipped “I should apologize, because we are about to ruin other burgers for you”, it is safe to say that our expectations were sufficiently high. This burger did not disappoint. Weighing in at a solid 11 ounces, my burger was perfectly cooked to medium rare with just the right amount of char on the outside. Nestled inside a brioche style bun and served with three slices of juicy bacon and melted Vermont cheddar cheese – just enough to stand up to the meaty burger, but not so much as to overwhelm, this burger was well worth the drive to central New Jersey. When asked about the history of the cheeseburger, an affordable ($16) diversion at this otherwise high end restaurant, Mark informed us that the burgers started as a staple at staff meals some 17 years ago, but they were so good they ended up putting them on the menu. We are glad they did. We should also note that the chipotle mayo and steak fries were the perfect accompaniment to the burger, and the homemade Irish crème chocolate the perfect end to a delightful meal spent in good company.
Original article: http://www.weloveburgers.com/2009/05/stage-left-new-brunswick-nj.html