The cozy cottage on bustling Main St that is Feast East Greenwich, appears from the outside as though a cute lil grandma may be inside baking while she hums a tune. So cute! So welcoming! Then, in a turn of events, the grandma is not a grandma at all, and instead is a total kickass chef that literally only knows one way of serving food; take the recommended serving size, triple it, plate each dish like it’s about to be photographed for a spread in Bon Appétit Magazine, and then combine flavors that just naturally seem to belong together. Here, Chef does a mic drop. Except the mic is a monstrous sized cheeseburger that actually ‘thuds’ as it is dropped in front of you. This aint no average sub shop. So if you’re looking for plain jane, seek else where, cause the flavors here are too good to go to waste.
To let customers know they are serious, Feast uses ½ lb steak burgers, and locally sourced ingredients in the kitchen. So naturally, we just had to try one of these thick and juicy babies. Although the choice was almost harder than trying to decide if you want to vacation in St. Barts or St. Martin (God they all just sound so heavenly), we went with the St. Louis Picnic. One of those big boy burgers I was telling you about topped with smoked Gouda (remember, Gouda is a Godly cheese to me), bourbon BBQ sauce, fried onion strings, and pulled roast pork. Because meat can be a condiment, and that rules! Oh, did I forget to mention that they throw whole onion rings on top? I imagine chef shooting a skewer through the burger with three onion rings being the bullseye. I don't know, maybe the kitchen staff requires archery experience, I wouldnt be surprised.
This luscious, sultry burger came with a side of curly fries (the best way to have fries I mean COME ON) which Chef paired with one of the tastiest dipping sauces a curly fry could ask for. I am a huge sauce gal, and I love to dip. This sauce right here? Was one that makes you wonder if you should ask for 12 “to-go” sides and then squeeze them into a bottle when you get home. Maybe I did that, maybe I didn’t. The final touch on this dish that I really appreciated was the pickle. The pickle is the traditional sandwich side, and is something I always look forward to. However, a wimpy, soggy limp pickle can be more disappointing than finding your dream shoes only to find out they don't have your size. Tragic. Ugh! But like I said before, Feast does not deal with size small. This was a halved jumbo pickle, and it was sprinkled with crushed red pepper flakes. Red pepper flakes!!! WHY had I never thought of that. I was Sold with a capital S.
To go along side the burger, we ordered the wilted spinach salad which to me was like a stellar side of all my favorite veggies: warm spinach, roasted yellow peppers, mushrooms, and America's favorite veggie of choice, bacon. This salad can do no wrong.
Finally, we had the Sriracha fried pickles (I wasn’t kidding when I said I loved pickles). But what sets them aside from your run of the mill fried pickles, was that these guys were beer battered pickle spears. Yes! Spears. Forget chips. Spears! You get that crispy and juicy snap and crunch that you just can’t get with a chip! Like I said friends, professionals making the culinary decisions for the greater good. The public thanks you.
Truly, Feast is giving East Greenwich something to talk about. Well, maybe not talk about. They will be too engrossed in their massive sandwiches with their mouths full. It will be more of “MMs” and “UHMs” in place of words. But thats a good thing.
One last note, they’re open till 11pm! Late night sandwiches for the win!
Isn't she cute!? Ariel is a RI local model, who is a part time burger lover. Well, not just burgers, anything yummy! Thanks Ariel!
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