Who Makes Southbury's Best Burger?

In this week's Readers' Choice contest we want you to tell us who has the tastiest, juiciest, most delicious burgers in town -- and what makes them so darn good?

In its purest form it's just a beef patty on a bun. But today's burgers are much more complex, with toppings that range from the classic lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup and mustard to items that include everything from bacon, mushrooms, jalapenos, avocado, chili or a fried egg. You could even get a burger made from turkey meat or bison, or a veggie one, too.

When it comes down to it, you could put just about anything on a burger. And there are some great restaurants serving some incredible burgers right here in Southbury.

In this week's Readers' Choice contest, we want to know which place has the absolute best burger in town. Vote for your favorite in the poll and, most importantly, rate and review the place in our directory (by clicking on the links below) and drop a comment on this article.

Here's our starter list (let us know if we're missing anyone):

Glenn Heckendorf May 15, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Why isn't the Rathskeller on the list? Certainly they sell more burgers than Jordans or Leos for example, and it's a great one! I have nothing against either of them and really like Leos, but not for burgers.
Daniel DeBlasio (Editor) May 15, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Rathskeller Restaurant & Bar has been added to the poll. Thank you, Glenn.
Terry Pfeifer May 15, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Shadrach's Restaurant & Pub, from veggie burgers to juicy bacon cheeseburgers they have the most delicious burger options!
K Bowman May 15, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I love the California burger at the Rathskeller. They always have fresh avocado, every time! Yummy!
George May 15, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Rahtskeller hands down.
Phil Pickens May 15, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Definitely Rathskeller!! Anyone saying differently obviously hasn't had the burgers at Rathskeller. Phil
Katie May 15, 2012 at 06:09 PM
RATHSKELLER BURGERS ARE THE BEST!! All Angus beef, cooked to perfection - and any topping you can imagine. Most popular? California Burger topped with fresh avocado and sliced tomato (YUM) and Bob's Bacon & Bleu Burger topped with melted gorgonzola cheese and crisp bacon (YUMMIER)!
Deborah Denzel May 15, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Rathskeller!!!! Always the best....................
Lorie G May 15, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I love the burger variety and the service at Maggie McFly's !!
Jen May 16, 2012 at 12:26 AM
The Rathskeller is by FAR the best burger. Especially the California burger!!
Long Time Resident May 16, 2012 at 12:40 AM
The Rathskeller is overpriced and low quality as is the Lodge. Maggies is dog doo on a bun. On the list above, Denmos, Laurel Diner and Hen of the Woods are the top 3 in town for the tastiest burger.
Long Time Resident May 16, 2012 at 12:41 AM
A true burger winner, Zoar Beach Snack Bar!!!!!!
Deanna May 16, 2012 at 02:08 AM
The rathskeller is the best place in town!!!
Lorie G May 16, 2012 at 02:21 AM
keeping with the mostly positive tone here.... . I am happy to live in a town with so many business owners committed to serving good food in nice environments. We are lucky all of these places survived the down-turn in the economy.
Long Time Resident May 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM
While we are all trying to figure out how to make ends meet in an economic downturn, several of the places above are selling 1 garbage burger for the price of what 8 burger patties cost at Southbury Food Center. There are 19 Restaurants, pizza joints and sandwich shops from Exit 14 to Exit 15, this says more about the laziness of the residents, the lack of actual home cooking and the need for grease than it does about serving food in nice environments and I must counter: The owners of the establishments are lucky they survived the economic downturn, especially with the prices and menu's that they offer.
Long Time Resident May 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Oops. Make it 18. Mia Sophia closed. Amazingly, the Rathskeller has received over 20 votes since 8am????? Guess we should add "Customers voting from every possible electronic device don't have a life" to "Best Burger".
matt May 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM
the rathskeller all the way!!!!!! great people, great food,very good wine choices and i have never had to send food back because it was under cooked. the owners are always comming to the tables to make sure that your meal is just right. A hidden gem, not just for burgers but salads,pasta and the soup it the best around. I wouldnt trust anyother bar,pub or burger joint to be nothing but below par.
Webster May 16, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Funny thing about Denmo's is that I went there for a burger about 2 years ago and while waiting for my food observed a pile of raw burgers near the grill that were inundated with flies !!! Absolutely revolting and the ownership could have cared less. Needless to say, I left before my burger arrived. Buyer Beware...
MaryKate May 16, 2012 at 06:31 PM
The Rathskeller rocks!! I also enjoy their onion soup and their salads are delicious!!!! Highly recommended!!!!! Kate Beardsley and family :-)
Happy Person May 16, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Leave it to one person to ruin a fun little town election over a burger and turn it into a negative experience. If you just want to throw complaints and nasty comments around, do it on Yelp where you are supposed to rate restaurants. Stop ruining the fun for everyone around you.
rodger May 16, 2012 at 08:59 PM
You should include McDonald's-it is a burger restaurant after all
Don May 17, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Rathskeller hands down has the best burgers in town!!!
Lorie G May 17, 2012 at 04:08 PM
thanks for trying to run a fun little poll Daniel :)
Happy Person May 17, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I wasn't referring to your observation. I was speaking about the comment that insulted the southbury residents by callung us lazy and called Maggie's burger dog poo.
Scott Eastwood May 17, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Rathskeller has the best food in town!! And the burgers are the best on earth!!
Jen May 18, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Hey Scott, Thanks for being lazy and eating greasy overpriced burgers!
rodger May 18, 2012 at 03:14 AM
What's up with not adding McDonald's? I posted to add it and it was ignored-it is only fair to include it. seriously-it is a hamburger place and it is in southbury, is it because it isn't 'local' and sells burgers for less than $8 each? Plus they have $1 double hamburgers-which is less expensive than making your own. I can buy an $8 hamburger somewhere else or 1 lb of hamburger @ 3.99 a lb and make 4 or 5 for the same price-you can get a sirloin steak and grill it and have it feed 4-6 people for $8 signed, grumpy
rodger May 18, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Amen! I just posted something similar.
Steven May 18, 2012 at 04:32 AM
The Rathskeller IS the BEST restaurant in Southbury. Excellent , accurate, and fast service. Their burgers are the juiciest and tastiest ones in town. My favorite is the California Burger with sweet potato french fries!
Tom Hickley June 25, 2012 at 08:15 PM


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