May is National Burger month, which means we’re officially upon one of the greatest months known to man. From now until the calendar changes to June, you’ll be flooded with options and deals on the best burgers in town. Instead of sifting through the options, why don’t I just nudge you gently in the right direction? Well, maybe more of a fully extended two handed push from behind.
Plan B is one of the best restaurants for burgers, period. Their fresh ground beef is made in house, twice a day, only the finest ingredients are added to their selections, and a wide range of craft beers and rare bourbons make Plan B just as much of a drinking destination as it is an eating one.
All Plan B locations are currently celebrating the month of May by featuring a different burger, crafted with the help of a local “celebrity” and paired with a beer. The combos will compete with all other locations on sales, social media engagement, and no purchase necessary votes. The competition runs from now until May 7th. The most popular pairing will be featured on Plan B restaurant menus in CT and Massachusetts from May 12th to June 4th.
We visited the West Hartford location with lofty expectations for their burger competitor. The Slow Burn was created in collaboration with West Hartford Firefighter of the Year, Robert Howe III. In a society that loves to toss around words like “hero” and “brave” so freely, and most of the time inappropriately, I feel safe to say that Howe III is most certainly a hero, and a brave one at that. Howe III was recognized for his heroism during a four-story apartment fire where he rescued several residents by carrying them out of the burning building.
The beer pairing for The Slow Burn is Green Blaze, an IPA from Long Trail Brewing Company out of Bridgewater Corners, VT. Although the beer is great and Long Trail has a steady catalogue of solid beers, we’re obviously a little partial to the brews coming out of Connecticut. We found that The Slow Burn also paired pretty darn well with The Hollow, a Pilsner from Kent Falls.
Nothing really compares to having a clean refreshing Pilsner on a hot day, or while eating a spicy burger. While IPA’s normally do a nice job cutting some of the spice with bitterness of their own, The Hollow’s mellow grassy undertones and sturdy Pilsner malt backbone gave this burger a whole new stage to shine on.
From now until May 7th, 10% of sales at the will be going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. “The MDA is fighting to free individuals – and their families who love them – from the harmful effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life threatening diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger.” Amazing burger, amazing cause, it’s a win win.
So, do your taste buds a favor and get down to Plan B West Hartford, home of The Slow Burn, and truly discover what a real hero looks like.
KENT FALLS - THE HOLLOW
What’s even more impressive is that Howe III is quite the foodie and knows a thing or two about crafting a delicious burger. The Slow Burn is made up of 50/50 pork and beef patty on a toasted pretzel roll with crispy porchetta, pineapple salsa, pickled red onion, and a ghost pepper aioli. If your mouth isn’t watering by now there is something wrong with your salivary glands, no seriously, you should get that checked out or something.