Match Burger Lobster matches our expectations Camryn Ragland '18 and Alexandra Sprouls '19

Walking into Match Burger Lobster, located at 580 Riverside Avenue Westport, Connecticut, we were met with a welcoming waitstaff and upbeat atmosphere. The bright red and yellow decor and open atmosphere by the river made it feel as if it were a summer night in July. The experience from sitting down to ordering was both unique and efficient.

We were presented with a menu that the waiter described as “Bartaco style.” The list of options were listed on a card with boxes to check. It was an easy way to place an order and we received our food shortly after.

We ordered the Hot CT Lobster Roll ($24), The Match Burger ($17), the Sloppy Fries ($7), the Bag of Steamers ($12), Grandma’s Onion Rings ($5) and Donut Holes ($10).

With burger and lobster in the resturaunt’s name, we had high expectations for both items. Unfortunately, the lobster did not meet these expectations.

The “Hot CT Lobster Roll” was a bit disappointing. Although the lightly seasoned lobster meat was high quality, it was drowned out by the overwhelming amount of butter and the soggy roll. Fortunately, the roll was paired with a generous heaping of potato chips that melted right in our mouths and were perfectly salted.

“The Match Burger”, besides having a little too much cheddar dip, it was perfectly cooked and paired with smoked bacon and caramelized onions that provided an ideal texture in comparison to the juiciness of the burger. It was a top class burger that we would definitely go back for.

The seasoning on the “Sloppy Fries” made our mouths water. Paired with juicy burger morsels and cheddar cheese, the fries had a pleasing texture and just the right amount of salt. The large portion made them addicting and we found ourselves eating way too many.

Their “Bag of Steamers” held a good amount of clams for the seemingly small container. They were paired with a butter sauce, and a clear dipping sauce. The fresh seafood was a great way to cut through the richness of the burger and lobster.

Each of “Grandma’s Onion Rings” were delectably thin and piled beautifully high on the plate due to its delicious taste. We could not stop going back for more. They were crunchy on the outside, and soft on the inside with a touch of salt to top off them off.

With an array of desserts to choose from, we decided on the “Donut Holes” due to the creativity that goes along with eating them as the donut holes were presented with fillings inside syringes that the customer is meant to insert into the donuts. The red velvet, chocolate, coconut and vanilla flavored donut holes were scrumptious, with just the right amount of glaze drizzled on each one. While a bit difficult to do, we had a blast squeezing the rich chocolate sauce and sweet jam into the donut holes using the syringes.

We were pleasantly surprised to learn that much of their food is locally sourced. The meat is from Fleisher's Craft Butchery who only buys from small, family-owned farms who raise their animals ethically and free from antibiotics and growth hormones. They buy their seafood from Bloom Brothers Oysters and Clams who farm and harvest shellfish from the Long Island Sound.

Ratings (1 being the worst, 10 being the best)

Kid-friendliness: 10

Waitstaff: 9

Waittime: 7

Atmosphere: 9

Music: 8

Overall experience: 8.5

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