DINING IN, DINING OUT: Stuft hits it out of the park with its variety of burgers
January 7, 2014
STUFT, A BURGER BAR
1294 Main St., Windsor
11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
RATING (Out of 4 stars): Four stars
It's been awhile since I visited Stuft, A Burger Bar, which first opened in Fort Collins a few years ago. I remember liking the idea of being able to build your own burger from an incredible array of toppings, sauces and buns. With Stuft opening up a location in Windsor, I figured it was time to try it out again.
The former Main Street Grill space looks fairly similar to the way it was before Stuft took over. The setup is perfect for a sports-watching crowd in the bar or a family dinner out in the main dining room.
My family and I were there for the latter. And, unlike our visit to the Fort Collins Stuft where we built our own burgers, we all decided to leave it to the experts this time and order off the Staff Favorites list.
This included the Western Burger ($8.99) for my husband Mike, the Billie Goat Burger ($6.99) for myself, the Black and Bleu Burger ($7.99) for my daughter, Tara, and the Hangover Burger ($8.99) for my daughter, Sydney (years away from needing it at age 13).
We all shared and we all thought each and every one was utterly delicious. By far, the most unique was the Hangover which consisted of a warm glazed doughnut for the bun and was then filled with a burger (1/3 pound ground chuck), a fried egg, American cheese, applewood bacon and maple syrup.
I'm not sure how well it works for a hangover, but the burger itself was surprisingly terrific. It had a great sweet and salty aspect to it, a soft quality with the doughnut bun, and a combination of flavors that really hit the spot.
Mike's Western Burger had a bit of the sweet and salty appeal going on, as well. With smoked cheddar, applewood bacon, sweet barbecue sauce and Nitro Stout onion rings on a buttery, soft brioche bun, this was a serious burger lover's burger.
Tara's Black and Bleu was equally as hearty and substantial. I loved the sharp-tasting blue cheese crumbles combined with the thick-cut bacon slices, sweet caramelized onions and chipotle ketchup. Served on a pretzel bun, this was a home run on all counts.
My Billie Goat Burger, with sundried tomato goat cheese, grilled balsamic onions, tomatoes and spinach on a brioche bun, was simply divine. This was a combination of strong flavors to say the least. Tangy goat cheese, salty sundried tomato, and sweet, acidic onions are not everyone's cup of tea. But they worked beautifully with the hearty beef patty and slightly sweet brioche.
If you venture to Stuft, do not leave without an order of Parmesan Garlic Fries ($2.99). Packed with flavor and tons of Parmesan cheese, they are as addictive as fries can get.
You might be wondering what you could wash all this great food down with at said burger bar. As you might guess, beer is a popular choice around here. A wide variety of breweries are represented including Left Hand Brewery's Nitro Milk Stout, Pateros Creek Rustic Red and Grimm Brothers Snow Drop beer.
I'm a sucker for desserts, so I wasn't about to leave Stuft without something sweet. And while the milkshake list looked incredible, I found myself drawn to the Salted Caramel Brownie with vanilla ice cream.
Once again, the sweet and salty theme was prevalent and our taste buds were enthralled. It was gooey, chocolaty, crunchy, salty, sweet and creamy. What more could you ask for in a dessert?
As expected, we left Stuft pretty stuffed … as well as happy and satisfied.
Shannon Teslow has been a Windsor resident since 1995.