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Tantalize your taste buds at The Boardwalk Inn

Take it all in at The Boardwalk Inn

By David Specksgoor Lifestyles Editor
On April 27, 2012

  • Located in the space of the former Smokehouse, The Boardwalk Inn features an eclectic menu, with old favorites like loaded potato chips and unusual specials like the donut burger (above).

Occupying the previous home of the old Smokehouse, located at 48 Merchant St., The Boardwalk Inn has brought culinary delight back to the formerly vacant space next to Rocco's Canalside Pub. Making its opening back in February, The Boardwalk Inn offers intriguing dishes that make for a great dining experience with friends or a night of drinks with the boys.

Sporting similar decor as the former occupants, The Boardwalk Inn offers a sense of familiarity with the area. It is a nice intermediary between the casual dining experiences of the diners and the upscale swankiness of Stephen's Loft. The dining area is located nearby the bar area, which offers a fine selection of beer and well drinks.

The menu showed a lot of promise, offering a wide array of selections, that range from the basic burgers and salads to appetizers and barbeque.

One of the featured items is the Inn's housemade chips, so ordering a plate of their loaded chips as an appetizer seemed almost essential. Piled high with cheese, bacon, scallions and sour cream, the toppings combined perfectly with the crispiness and saltiness of the chips, which held more flavor and thickness to them than standard chips.

As far as entrée items went, the decision was a no-brainer. I absolutely had to try the Inn's famous donut burger. This item is exactly how one would imagine it: A 10 ounce all-beef patty topped with cheddar and bacon, sandwiched between two glazed donuts.

There is no passing over an opportunity like this. Whether an avid food enthusiast or just a casual diner, every red-blooded American needs to try this burger at least once.

While normally served with chips, the side can be switched out with tater tots or sweet potato fries if one desires. Opting for tots in this case was a good idea after starting the meal off with the loaded chips. The tots are nothing special or unique, but it adds a little more substance to the already hefty dish.

While beef enthusiasts have varying opinions on how they want their burgers cooked, I could not see the point in ordering this burger in any style other than well done. While one could probably go so low as medium, it did not seem appetizing to have burger juices flowing all over the donut underneath and making it soggy.

Upon first bite of the behemoth, a slew of different flavors assaulted my tastebuds. The first thing I tasted was the sweet, doughiness of the donuts, followed by the salty smokiness of the bacon and the hearty meatiness of the burger.

The cheddar cheese did a good job of pulling together all of these flavors and holding the sandwich itself together. The more one chews it, the more these flavors combine into a salty sweet blend of majesty.

It almost perplexed my mind as to whether or not it was appropriate to eat something like this for dinner. Not because it is probably terrible for my health, but because the sweetness combined with the savory burger made me think this should be a breakfast item.

The initial reaction is somewhat comparable to eating a McGriddles sandwich from McDonalds, although much heartier and tastier.

This flavor remained pretty consistent throughout the entirety of the sandwich. It was a surprisingly filling burger for only being 10 ounces of meat. Two donuts and a burger are usually no contest, but throwing them all together on one plate seemed to make it into something more.

I attribute this to the surprising consistency to the donuts. I was expecting some cheap, airy glazed donut akin to those from Krispy Kreme as a gimmick to draw in customers, yet these donuts had some girth to them. Instead of one donut cut in half, they decided to use two full-sized donuts as buns.

They were thick and doughy in their own right, which added greatly to the overall filling ability of the meal.

Having such a unique menu item sure helps The Boardwalk Inn set itself apart from the pack. For those a little less gluttonous, there are plenty of healthier scrumptious dining options to choose from for a fair price as well.

Overall, the dining experience was as fun as it was filling, making The Boardwalk Inn a quality new place for a sit-down lunch or dinner in Brockport.

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